Small Business Support Hub


The Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) was seeking applications from organizations that identify as, or intend to create, entrepreneurial hubs in support of small businesses who were disproportionally impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Up to $6 million in funding is available to applicants selected through a competitive application process for investment in regional operations, deployment of business support services, as well as direct grant support to small businesses who were disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Support small businesses disproportionately impacted by COVID-19
  • Strengthen and/or establish locally relevant, regionally based ecosystems to cultivate a more inclusive, accessible and effective entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Position small business support hubs to increase the number of businesses served through new and scaled programming, technical assistance and other support services
  • Increase access to regional, statewide and national small business support resources
  • Expand geographic reach of network partners into underserved and rural areas
  • Raise the national profile of Michigan’s small business ecosystem


Eligible applicants are entities that identify as an entrepreneurial hub

For the purposes of this program, an entrepreneurial hub is defined as an entity that has a physical space that provides training and resources to entrepreneurs through a combination of direct service (i.e, on-site through staff, contractors, or strategic partnerships), remote service (i.e., off-site through field staff, contractors, or strategic partnerships), and referral relationships (i.e. organizations, entities or individuals with distinct or complementary technical or culturally competent expertise) to support the launch, sustainability and/or growth of entrepreneurs. The types of training and resources provided to entrepreneurs through Hubs might include one-on-one coaching, consultations, workshops, seminars, cohort-based learning, incubation activities, accelerator activities, networking and mentorship opportunities and events.

Eligible applicants must be:

  • Self-identified as an entrepreneurial hub
  • A non-profit organization
  • Headquartered in Michigan
  • In good standing with the State of Michigan
  • Registered or have the ability to register for a federal UIE number
  • Eligible to do business with the federal government

Examples of eligible applicants include, but are not limited to:

  • MEDC SmartZones
  • Business Service Organizations
  • Entrepreneurial hubs, business accelerators, or business incubators
  • Tribal entities
  • Other entities serving small business owners in diverse, rural and other underrepresented communities
  • Eligible applicants may also contract with third parties to plan, execute, and manage the deployment of small business support services. Any contracted entity shall be subject to all applicable federal requirements.

The application window is now closed.


  • Application Window – July 10, 2023 – September 8, 2023
  • Application Review – September through October
  • Awardees Announced – November through December

Informational Webinar

The Small Business Support Hubs Program allows entrepreneurial hubs to apply for funding to invest in regional operations, to deploy a variety of business support services, and to provide direct funding to small businesses who were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) hosted an informational webinar* which included a program overview, eligibility requirements and the application timeline.

*The full ASL interpretation of this webinar is available upon request.

Documents for Downloading

Program Fact Sheet

SBSH Application


SBSH Program Guidelines

Disproportionately Impacted By COVID-19 (CDFI Investment, Qualified Census, Rural Counties) Map

Michigan Strategic Fund Background Certification

Additional Questions?

Applicants are encouraged to submit written questions to Questions submitted to this inbox will be monitored and addressed by program staff.