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Business Assistance

  • Michigan is committed to helping startup companies meet with success. The state provides numerous resources, from capital funding and business mentoring to locating incubators and lab space.
     

  • General Start Up Resources

  • Michigan Business One Stop

    An online resource to help individuals start and operate a business in Michigan, putting multiple government agencies at their fingertips. Whether you are starting a business or already operate one, the Michigan Business One Stop is your first stop for doing business in the State of Michigan.

    The Resource Navigator

    An online statewide directory of resources serving entrepreneurs, from small businesses to second-stage companies.

    Resource Navigator

    Some providers tailor their service offerings to specific types of businesses. Answering these questions will help match you to the most accurate resources. Browse the Resource Navigator now.

  • Financial Support and General Business Assistance

  • Michigan Small Business Development Center

    Provides counseling, training, research and advocacy for start-ups, existing small businesses and innovative tech companies. Counselors provide support and a planning tool to help evaluate the direction of your technology, chart strategies and more. http://sbdcMichigan.org

  • Michigan SmartZone Network

    This innovative, statewide program connects universities, research organizations and corporations to stimulate the growth of technology-based businesses and jobs. 

  • Michigan Manufacturing Technology Centers (MMTC)

    MMTC provides Michigan’s small- and medium-sized manufacturers with operational assessment, process improvement training, mentoring services, website technical assistance and market diversification tactics.

  • Michigan Venture Capital Association

    Seeks to grow and sustain a vibrant venture capital community in Michigan by bringing together industry participants. http://www.michiganvca.org/ 

  • Michigan SBIR/STTR Assistance Program

    Provides intensive training and consulting to support early stage life science and technology companies in pursuit of SBIR/STTR federal R&D funding. http://www.bbcetc.com 

  • Procurement and Technical Assistance Centers

    The Centers help prepare Michigan businesses to compete for government contracts and educate them on the opportunities, requirements and process of becoming successful government contractors. 

  • Competitions

  • Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition

    An international business competition designed to bring together later stage entrepreneurial companies with local, national and international investors. http://www.acceleratemichigan.org/ 

  • Great Lakes Entrepreneur's Quest

    A statewide business plan competition generates new business ideas and fosters emerging companies through coaching, mentoring and investor feedback. The competition awards $1 million in prizes every year.

  • Facilities and Incubators

  • Michigan Life Science and Innovation Center

    A 57,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility located in Plymouth Township. Partners include the MEDC, Wayne County, Ann Arbor SPARK, the New Economy Initiative and Plymouth Township. http://www.mlsic.com/

  • East Lansing Technology Innovation Center (TIC)

    TIC is a business accelerator for technology startups in the Greater Lansing region. Co-located with MSU Technologies and MSU Business CONNECT. TIC also offers a Virtual Tenant Program, which was launched in 2010. http://www.cityofeastlansing.com/TIC/ 

  • GR Current Incubator

    The GR Current Incubator offers 16,000+ square-feet of state-of-the-art wet lab space and is occupied by companies in drug, diagnostic and medical device development. http://grcurrent.com/incubator-resources 

  • MTEC SmartZone Incubation Space

    The MTEC SmartZone includes a business incubator with a mission to accelerate high-tech business growth. The MTEC SmartZone serves a variety of companies from start-ups to massive fortune 500 companies through its programs. The incubation space encompasses four customized working spaces for high-tech business growth in Houghton and Hancock. Locations include; The Lakeshore Center, Powerhouse, Jutila Center, and the Advanced Technology Development Complex (ATDC). http://www.mtecsz.com/?q=node/115 

  • TechTown Detroit

    Offering small offices, office suites, labs and co-working space with continued strong support from founding partners and contributors including Wayne State University, Henry Ford Health System and General Motors Company. http://techtowndetroit.org

     

     

  • Southwest Michigan Innovation Center

    A wet lab located near Western Michigan University, devoted to emerging life science companies. http://www.kazoosmic.com/ 

  • Central Michigan University Research Corp. Incubator

    A 17,500-square-foot wet lab, devoted to biotech and nanotech research is located in Mt. Pleasant. http://www.cmurc.com/business-development/wet-lab  

  • Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center (MAREC)

    MAREC is an economic development initiative of the City of Muskegon, MEDC and Grand Valley State University,  focusing on the advancement and development of alternative and renewable energy technology.

  • SPARK Regional Incubator Network

    The SPARK Regional Incubator Network (SRIN) is comprised of two business incubators for start-up companies: the SPARK Central Business Incubator located in Ann Arbor and SPARK East Business Incubator located in Ypsilanti.

  • NextEnergy

    One of the nation’s leading research catalysts and business accelerators for alternative and renewable energy. Located in Detroit, NextEnergy is within an hour of more than a dozen major research universities.

  • Technology Assistance

  • Michigan Corporate Relations Network (M-CRN)

    The first statewide university network in the country is designed to connect Michigan companies with university assets to promote innovations and grow Michigan's economy.  http://michigancrn.org 

    • Includes U of M, MTU, URC, UM-Dearborn, MSU, WSU, WMU.
    • Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP) will help companies partner with universities for applied research and development of identified technologies. The SCIP will provide Michigan small businesses access to matching funding to engage the M-CRN partner universities on company-specific research projects.
    • Small Company Internship Award program (SCIA) provides funding and encourages student job placements with innovative and dynamic company partners within Michigan.
    • The Instant Innovation Program brings faculty experts from the universities together with Michigan companies to tackle significant business and research challenges.
    University Experts Portal

    Part of the M-CRN network, the Expertise and Resource Portal is an easy-to-use, searchable website featuring available university researchers and related resources at facilities such as university research centers to serve businesses both within Michigan and globally. For more information, please check out the Portal at: http://michigancrn.org/business-portal.php.

  • Michigan Technical Education Centers

    Eighteen state-of-the-art centers are associated with Michigan’s community college system. They provide educational, training and workforce development infrastructure for Michigan’s businesses.

  • Michigan Manufacturing Technology Centers (MMTC)

    MMTC provides Michigan’s small- and medium-sized manufacturers with operational assessment, process improvement training, mentoring services, website technical assistance and market diversification tactics.

  • Tech Talent Transfer Network

    This $2.4 million initiative matches entrepreneurs with university innovators to commercialize university technology.

  • University Research Corridor (URC)

    The URC is formed by University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University, generating $15.5 billion in economic impact statewide and exceeding $2 billion in annual research expenditures. These three universities bring in more than $1.5 billion in federal research dollars each year. 

  • Michigan SmartZone Network

    This innovative, statewide program connects universities, research organizations and corporations to stimulate the growth of technology-based businesses and jobs. 

  • Research Excellence

    Michigan provides a wealth of support through its world-class research university system. The state’s network of 15 public universities, more than 50 independent universities and colleges and 28 community colleges produces a rich talent pool and deep well of research know-how. This growing supply of highly skilled workers and research support attracts diverse industries like alternative energy, automotive R&D, life sciences and homeland security and defense.