America’s SBDCs help make the dream of small business ownership a reality for more Americans — creating jobs and opportunities that build communities throughout the nation.
See how the Michigan SBDC has served its communities.
Expanding Access to Child Care in Rural Michigan
In 2018, Kristin Andrews identified a shortage of childcare in her community of Kalkaska, which led to her opening the education-based Blue Fish Early Learning Center. When the business was getting started, Kristin worked with the Michigan SBDC to develop a business and financial plan, but the partnership didn't end there. Soon after COVID-19, the Michigan SBDC helped Kristin secure grants & loans to keep the business running, which has since more than doubled the number of students enrolled!
Ty GrayEl of TyGrayEl LLC
In the midst of COVID-19, Ty Grayel connected with the Michigan SBDC to take advantage of the SBDC's CARES Act services and launch Ty GrayEl LLC — A cultural enrichment content creation company that develops eCommerce and audio & video presentations.
The SBDC's support of high tech, high growth early stage teams with protectable IP has been key to our market and business milestone progress, which will create many good new jobs in Michigan.
Dennis Nash, CEO, IndividuALLytics Inc.
After implementing the recommendations of our International SEO Report, we saw an increase in organic search traffic. You have to be dedicated to SEO, and we have seen a good return on our investment.
Ben Tyndell, Owner, Tyndell Photographic
Growing a Skin Care Business During COVID-19
The Butter Hygienics Co. set out to solve the problem of how to take care of moisture-resistant hair and stop skin from looking ashy & cracked. Owner Jerome Stuart Nichols took the reins in homemade self-care and grew his business during COVID-19.
Innovation in Medical Supply Delivery
Searching for ways to make receiving treatment easier and more efficient, Shadi Mere founded Bedestrian — an innovative autonomous electric vehicle and operating system that serves hospitals and elder care facilities to deliver medical supplies and pharmaceuticals. Shadi connected with the Michigan SBDC Tech Team to develop an investor pitch deck, apply for federal and state COVID-19 loan and grant assistance, and assist with BAF application support.
In CARES Act services to help small businesses pivot their marketing & operations during COVID-19
Revamping a Small Business During COVID-19
When veteran and small business owner Gregg Masters took over Golden Choice Inc, he tapped into Michigan SBDC's CARES-Act program to re-brand the business, design a logo, and receive free consulting as his business continues to navigate through COVID-19.
I normally just try to make it happen for my company, but I could not have made this happen by myself or been able to open my doors today without the SBDC. You all have made the difference between our small business being open and closed right now.
Ingrid Franczek, Owner, Franczek Commercial Janitorial