Entrepreneurial Resources

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Financial Resource

The Matching Fund Program is a joint venture between ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital via ProMedica Innovations and the Monroe County BDC.  The mission of this partnership is to to improve the well-being of our community by supporting businesses, entrepreneurs, and inventors. Visit Matching Fund Program

market research & Business intelligence tool

Through our partners at the Detroit Regional Partnership (DRP), we are able to offer a free service that you may start using today! The DRP has secured a data tool to serve entrepreneurs and small business customers with market research and business intelligence. SizeUp empowers small business customers to succeed and increase engagement. For private sector customers, it also enables them to introduce products and services to their small business customers at strategic decision making moments in the business’ lifecycle, increase acquisition of new customers, and retain existing customers. Click here to learn more and start using this tool!

Monroe County Clerk

The County Clerk’s office maintains records for the County of Monroe. As part of that responsibility, they maintain a listing of all business registered with their office. Please contact the Monroe County Clerk to register your business’ name.

Monroe County Chamber of Commerce

This business membership organization focuses on providing value for its members, enhancing the business climate in the Monroe County area and advocating for public policy that supports economic growth and vitality. They provide their members with countless networking opportunities, they fight to protect the interest of businesses in Lansing and Washington D.C., and they help businesses form a better community. Visit Monroe County Chamber of Commerce

Monroe County Downtown Development Authorities

Thinking of a business in one of Monroe County's municipalities? These authorities are designed to be a catalyst in the development of a community’s downtown district. DDA's provide a variety of funding options and programs to assist new businesses.

michigan economic development corporation

The MEDC offers one-stop business assistance. MEDC’s business development managers work with consultants, utilities, associations and local economic development agencies to best match businesses' needs with Michigan's opportunities. Visit MEDC

michigan minority supplier development council

The mission of the MMSDC is to provide meaningful access to its corporate members to enhance procurement opportunities. MMSDC is a privately funded, non-profit, corporate services organization. It is comprised of major corporations and public entities in education, industry, finance, professional services, construction, consumer products and health care organizations. Through certification of minority-owned businesses, MMSDC assures the corporate buyer that a business is truly minority-owned, operated and controlled. Visit MMSDC

Procurement technical assistance centers of michigan

The PTAC’s of Michigan are highly skilled professionals who assist Michigan businesses in acquiring federal, state and local government contracts. The local PTAC office is housed at Washtenaw Community College. Visit PTAC

Michigan Small Business Development Center

The Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) enhances Michigan's economic wellbeing bu providing consulting, training and market research for new ventures, existing businesses and advanced technology companies. Visit SBDC

Small Business Bootcamp

The Monroe County Link Plan's Grow Strategically Pillar Team is focused on making the process of starting and managing your small business easier throughout our community. The BDC in partnership with the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce offered sessions geared toward entrepreneurs who are starting a business, have a new business or would simply like to learn more from local experts. Subscribe to our social media channels for the latest news or contact Matt at the BDC. Watch previously recorded Bootcamps here.

U.S. Small Business Administration

The SBA is an independent agency of the federal government. It is best known for its guaranteed loan programs. The SBA also provides a wide variety of other assistance to small businesses, including government contracting, training, management counseling, minority enterprise development, international trade and more. Most of these programs are delivered through partnership with other organizations. Visit SBA

Grants.gov

The Federal Government maintains a web site that is a source to find and apply for federal grants. Visit Grants.Gov

(fomerly known as Michigan Interfaith Loan Fund) - The Opportunity Resource Fund offers low interest loans to small businesses in the state of Michigan to promote community economic development. These businesses generally do not qualify for conventional bank loans. Some examples include: day care center, florist, restaurant, deli, coffee shop, cyber cafe, lawn service, clothing design/manufacturing business, etc. Visit Opportunity Resource Fund

NAICS has replaced the U.S. Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system. This system is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy. Visit NAICS

Pure Michigan Business Connect

Pure Michigan Business Connect is a public/private initiative developed by the MEDC connecting buyers to suppliers of Michigan goods and services.