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50 Companies to Watch in Michigan
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Award program focused on second-stage enterprises. Sponsored by the Edward Lowe Foundation. More
America's Small Business Development Center Network
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The Centers provide no-cost consulting and low-cost training. Search for one near you by choosing your state in the pull-down menu. More
Ann Arbor SPARK
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Ann Arbor SPARK advances the economic development of innovation-based businesses in the Ann Arbor region by offering programs, resources, and proactive support to business at every stage, from start-u... More
Biz Info Library
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The Biz Info Library (BIL) is a collaboration between the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Edward Lowe Foundation, and the James J. Hill Reference Library to create an online library offering the... More
BPlans.com
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BPlans offers the largest collection (over 100) free sample business plans online. In addition, it has helpful tools and know-how for managing a business. More
Business and Nonprofit Gateway: USA.gov
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Info on buying and selling to the government, starting and growing business, financial help, international trade, taxes, laws and regulations. More
Business Owner's Toolkit
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Thousands of pages of information to help you start, run and grow your business. More
Business Partner Network
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The Business Partner Network is the single source for vendor data for the Federal Government with a search mechanism that provides unprecedented views into several key data bases across Federal Agenci... More
Business Plans and Profiles Index
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Lists types of small businesses with a sample business plan, profile or book about the business. More
Business Week - Small Biz
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Business Week's section on Small Business provides timely articles about small business concerns/issues. The helpful "How-To" center also has links to BusinessWeek content to help you start, run, and ... More
Business.gov
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Provides info on starting/growing business, legal requirements and government services, how to find loans and grants, green business practices, and much more. More
Buzgate.org: Free Small Business Help
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Search this comprehensive, award winning site by state to find everything you need to start and grow a business. More
Census for Business Research Tutorial
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This 10 minute interactive tutorial from the Library of Congress guides you through the process of researching census data for business research. More
Central Contractor Registration
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Central Contractor Registration (CCR) is the primary registrant database for the U.S. Federal Government. CCR collects, validates, stores, and disseminates data in support of agency acquisition missio... More
E Loft
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The E Loft is a business center in Marquette, Michigan, newly created in 2009 for entrepreneurs as a creative place to do business, share ideas and learn from other successful entrepreneurs. Services ... More
Economic Development Foundation
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The Economic Development Foundation is a non-profit organization that has been helping small businesses throughout Michigan obtain financing since 1981. Promoting SBA 504 business loans, the Foundatio... More
Entrepreneur Institute of Mid-Michigan
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The Entrepreneur Institute of Mic-Michigan exists to create opportunities for Mid-Michiganís entrepreneurs by offering business plan development, financial literacy trainings, and access to capital an... More
Entrepreneur.com
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Entrepreneur.com is a free online magazine that provides timely articles about small business concerns and issues. Free business tools are offered to help with business planning including a portal to ... More
Entrepreneurial Communities Program
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The Entrepreneurial Communities program strives to grow Michigan's economy through community-based entrepreneurship; working directly with communities and wide networks of partners to develop those sy... More
Entrepreneurship and Small Business
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MSU libraries provide this research guide for small business and entrepreneurs. Users will find information on business plans, competitor analysis, customer profiles and demographics, local economic... More
Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps)
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FedBizOpps.gov is the U.S. government's virtual marketplace. No registration is required to post, search, monitor and retrieve opportunities solicited by the entire federal contracting community. More
Federal Contracting Opportunities Training
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The U.S. Small Business Administration offers this free online training course on how to win federal government contracts. More
FindLaw Small Business Center
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FindLaw's Small Business Center provides information and resources for small business owners, and help for entrepreneurs seeking to get a business idea off the ground. Here you can get information on ... More
Franchise Gator
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Research franchise opportunities by industry type, location, initial investment capital required. More
Franchise Opportunities
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Search franchises by combining your choices of industry, state, and investment capital. More
Free Management Library
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The Library provides easy-to-access, clutter-free, comprehensive resources regarding the leadership and management of yourself, other individuals, groups and organizations. Content is relevant to the ... More
GROW: Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women
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GROW is a non-profit economic development organization which provides women with opportunities to develop the skills and acquire the knowledge needed to achieve economic independence through self empl... More
Growing Local Economies
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Site for economic gardening consultant who has a background in economic development and librarianship. Several *free* resources available including white papers listing low cost/free resources that l... More
Growing Local Economies - Resources
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Growing Local Economies' free and low cost resources libraries can use to help their small business and entrepreneurial communities. More
IRS Small Business Resources
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More than just tax information, the IRS Small Business/Self Employed site offers links to industry specific information and resources for starting a business. More
James J. Hill Library
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The James J. Hill Reference Library is a private non-profit business reference library located in St. Paul, MN housing a world-class collection of practical business information resources since 1921 a... More
Jigsaw: Business Directory of Business Contacts and Company Information
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This award winning database is the world's largest compilation of up-to-date, downloadable, and complete contact and company information. With a directory of more than 20 million business contacts and... More
Kauffman eVenturing
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Original articles by entrepreneurs, a blog, how-tos, business templates and more. More
Manta
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Manta.com is a tool for finding 45 million free profiles covering large to small companies worldwide and their related industries and products. Their database of easy-to-use customer relationship mana... More
Marketing Plans
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Free examples of successful marketing plans along with guides to conducting market research, advertising fundamentals are among the variety of offerings to help you develop a marketing plan. More
MeL: Investing in Our Future, Saving $72 Million
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MCLS produced this video explaining how MeL's resources serve citizens and businesses and save the state millions of dollars.
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MiBiz
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MiBiz is a bi-weekly publication covering business news in the 18 county-wide area that makes up West and Southwest Michigan. MiBiz was awarded the "2005 Communicator of the Year" by the Small Busines... More
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
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The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) is the state agency responsible for granting arts and culture awards to Michigan arts and humanities organizations. More
Michigan District Export Council
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The Michigan District Export Council (MDEC) is an organization of leaders from across Michigan whose knowledge of international business provides a source of professional advice for local firms. Close... More
Michigan Green
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Michigan GREENís grant-related activities have resulted in over 12,000 energy kits being distributed to low-income households across 70 counties in Michigan. This non-profit group consists of energy c... More
Michigan License Search
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Find out if your business is one that needs a state license in Michigan. More
Michigan Market Maker
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An interactive mapping system that locates businesses and markets of agricultural products in Michigan, providing an important link between producers and consumers. Register your business or search fo... More
Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center
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The MI-SBTDC provides counseling, training, research, and advocacy for small businesses and technology companies throughout the 83 counties in Michigan through a cooperative agreement with the United ... More
MidMichigan Innovation Center
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The MidMichigan Innovation Center is a private, non-profit organization created to provide entrepreneurs and start-up companies with a supportive and collaborative environment. MMIC connects you with ... More
My Own Business
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A course on how to start your own business. A not-for-profit public service. More
National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE)
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The NASE offers micro-business owners a range of in-depth education and information resources to help them manage the strategic and day-to-day aspects of their businesses. More
National Federation of Independent Business - NFIB
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National Federation of Independent Business gives members access to many business products and services at discounted costs. NFIB also provides timely information designed to help small businesses suc... More
NEW (Nonprofit Enterprise at Work) Center
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Assists nonprofits succeed by offering low cost management and solution oriented services for Southeast Michigan. More
SBE: Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council
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The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) influences legislation and public policy to enhance the environment for business start-up and growth. Through advocacy, research and educa... More
SCORE - Counselors to America's Small Business
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SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business" is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. Local offices all ove... More
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