Small Business Development Center
The Michigan Small Business Development Center™ (MI-SBDC™) network provides a full range of services for a variety of small businesses that are emerging and growing throughout Michigan – including new venture companies, existing small businesses, expanding businesses, new technology companies, and innovators.
Funded in part by a cooperative agreement with the US Small Business Administration, the SBDC has 11 regional offices and more than 20 satellite offices to provide entrepreneurs and business owners with convenient access to counseling and training throughout Michigan. The MI-SBDC at Schoolcraft College provides support to Western Wayne and Southwest Oakland counties and is a member of the Southeast Michigan Region, which also has offices in Detroit, Oakland County, and Macomb County.
The MI-SBDC network is a grassroots advocate for small business working in partnership with local resources to grow and strengthen companies. New ventures, in particular, may be unfamiliar with funding sources and support services. The MI-SBDC works throughout the state to locate opportunities and build relationships with organizations that provide the extra assistance needed to make a real difference for entrepreneurs.
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One-on-one meetings with experienced business consultants are available to assist small business owners in the process of building viable business plans, establishing strategies for growth and survival, creating practical marketing approaches, dealing with unexpected challenges, and generating realistic financial goals, and much more. To request counseling, submit our "Online Request for Counseling".
Please note: a draft of your business plan is required prior to receiving counseling services. If you need assistance with your business plan, we recommend attending our seminar "Writing a Business Plan" or utilizing the MI-SBDC's Business Plan Layout.
The best place to start building business success is with education. Focused on the needs of local entrepreneurs, a wide-variety of training is available at the MI-SBDC. Individual seminars including how to get started, writing a business plan, accessing financing, marketing, and legal issues are offered throughout the 12 MI-SBDC regions. Register for a training seminar offered at Schoolcraft College. For a complete lising of seminars offered by MI-SBDCs throughout Michigan, go to: https://clients.sbdcmichigan.org/events.aspx.
The underlying success for businesses of all sizes is information including the size and characteristics of industries, the marketplace, competition, foreign trade, and customer demographics. In addition to local resources, the MI-SBDC provides a full range of information services through the State Headquarters. If you are interested in obtaining market research information, please fill out our Online Request for Counseling.
First time Entrepreneurs
We suggest you attend our Entrepreneurial Series which includes:
- Starting a Small Business
- Writing a Business Plan
- Marketing Your Business
- Business Legal Issues
For details on these sessions, please visit our events page.
Business Plan Assistance
- If you need assistance writing your business plan, attend our Writing a Business Plan Seminar.
- Our experienced counselors will be happy to review a draft of your business plan to provide guidance. Submit a request for counseling (and indicate you are interested in having your business plan reviewed) to take advantage of this free service.