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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 15, 2024 Nancy Kooienga Director, Marketing & Communications Phone: 616.210.9596 Email: kooiengn@gvsu.edu   Michigan Small Business Development Center Names Jeanne LaSargeBono Director of Finance & Grants GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Michigan Small Business Development Center (Michigan SBDC) recently named Jeanne LaSargeBono to the position of Director of Finance & Grants....

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 15, 2024 Nancy Kooienga Director, Marketing & Communications Phone: 616.210.9596 Email: kooiengn@gvsu.edu   Michigan Small Business Development Center Growth Team Offers No-Cost, Live Webinar on Artificial Intelligence for Small Businesses GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Small business owners and the general public are invited to a one-hour, no-cost Michigan SBDC webinar...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 5, 2024 Nancy Kooienga Director, Marketing & Communications Phone: 616.210.9596 Email: kooiengn@gvsu.edu   Michigan Small Business Development Center Promotes Daniel Yoder to Upper Peninsula Associate Regional Director The Michigan Small Business Development Center (Michigan SBDC) recently promoted Daniel Yoder to the position of Upper Peninsula Associate Regional Director. Yoder joined...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – JANUARY 23, 2024 Nancy Kooienga Director, Marketing & Communications Phone: 616.210.9596 Email: kooiengn@gvsu.edu   Michigan Small Business Development Center Promotes Ron Stevens to Regional Director, Greater Washtenaw Region Ron Stevens, Michigan SBDC Greater Washtenaw Regional Director GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Michigan Small Business Development Center (Michigan SBDC) recently promoted Ron...

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Andrew Schumacher is a chemical engineer by day and a homebrewer by night.

Five Forks

Sisters Mallory Vredeveld and Maddison Husted grew up in a home where baking cakes for gatherings was a tradition.

Brian Sanders wants to be the first person to tell you he’s been incarcerated – because then he can be the first person to tell you how much it changed his life for the better. 

For some people, obstacles are just made to be overcome. That’s definitely the case for Taylor Fee, who is certified in both American Parkour and USA Gymnastics—and is also a budding entrepreneur.

MycoNaut explores the possibilities of a regenerative bioeconomy at the intersection of people, planet and profits.

Ironwood Early Learning Academy is a high-quality, affordable child care option located Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

What are two couples planning for Westown Owosso? Renovating a site on the National Register of Historic Places from a vacant, functionally obsolete building into a mixed-use development, of course—as their first foray into entrepreneurship. 

Maria Otto has found her sweet spot: baking delectable scones, pies, and cinnamon rolls.

Livonia, Mich. – Small business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to learn about and create their own Limited Liability Company (LLC) business entity and how to file their Articles of Organization using the State of Michigan’s Licensing and Regulatory Affairs’ (LARA) website at a no-cost in-person workshop Tuesday, October 24 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30...

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Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Michigan Small Business Development Center (Michigan SBDC) today announces the finalists of PITCH BLACK, a new and entertaining Grand Rapids pitch competition on Thursday, September 28, 2023. Finalists include: Maneeka Beasley – Cakes by the Jar Yvonne Cones – Age N Grace Valerie James – VSJ Fitness Crystal Palasek – Lost...

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Grand Rapids, Mich. – Small business owners are invited to register to attend one of several low-cost day-long workshops to learn more about selling their business. Key topics will include: What am I selling? How do I create an exit plan? What is my business worth? How do I make it worth more? How do...

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Grand Rapids, Mich. – In response to the detrimental effects the COVID-19 pandemic had on Black-owned businesses, the Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC) created PITCH BLACK, a unique pitch competition specifically designed for Black-owned businesses.  The first PITCH BLACK event was held in 2021 and targeted existing Black-owned business in Muskegon County. The highly successful...

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Small business owners and the general public are invited to a one-hour, no-cost Michigan SBDC webinar at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, to discuss “Thriving in the Restaurant Industry: Challenges and Opportunities.” The live panel discussion will feature industry experts from across the state who will delve into the critical issues...

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is pleased to announce that Julie Oldham has been awarded the prestigious Michigan SBDC State Star Award for her exceptional dedication and invaluable contributions to the small business community in the state of Michigan. Julie Oldham is a highly esteemed business consultant serving throughout...

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Michigan Small Business Development Center (Michigan SBDC)  Hosts Free Small Business Resource Fair in Grand Rapids Thursday, May 4, 2023, During National Small Business Week Open-House-Style Event Includes Over 40 Business Support Organizations, Mini-Workshops,One-on-one Consultations & Digital Business Resource Guide  GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs are invited to the inaugural...

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Van Buren County: As a young entrepreneur with a strong desire to start a business in South Haven, Jeremiah Smith considered three different business ideas.  After meeting with the Michigan SBDC, they helped narrow down his vision to focus on one business idea. When his initial idea was determined to not be viable, he pivoted...

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