Better Business Bureau The office serving west Michigan is located in Grand Rapids. Use them as a “reference check” for potential providers. Call 1-800-684-3222 or click on the link to visit their website.
Business courses provided online by the SBA – FREE. Topics include marketing, surviving a slow economy, management, finance & accounting, business planning, government contracting, and etc.
Check Enforcement Program protects Montcalm County merchants from the costly consequences of bad checks – FREE.
Financing Explore your options options for finding low-interest loans, capital investors, or pre-seed funding.
Getting started? The SBA has an excellent exercise to learning about how to write a business plan – and why a well written plan is crucial to starting a business. Fill in some general information and get started! Takes about 30 minutes.
Michigan Business One StopGet creative ideas for employee benefits; learn how to get a license or a tax ID #; how to comply with privacy or safety laws; what health inspectors look for and more!
Michigan SmartZones help with the due diligence required of applicants seeking Michigan Pre Seed funds (see the “finance” link above). They submit applications which meet criteria for potential pre-seed investment.
Montcalm Community College Offers help with marketing, accounting, business planning, workforce development and more. Our M-TEC houses SCORE, SBTDC, and more. (sometimes it’s even FREE!)
SBA has a great 30-minute presentation that explains the importance of a business plan; describes the components of a business plan; and provides samples and resources to help you with your plan.
SBTDC In collaboration with Grand Valley State University, the SBTDC offers classes, workshops, and business counseling to help plan, expand, or stabilize your business.
SCORE FREE one-on-one business counseling from seasoned professionals. For existing businesses or new start-ups.