Key Resources For You
There are thousands of resources available to entrepreneurs whether you are in business or are looking to start your business. Below is a repository of the latest resources available. Please explore and, if you have any questions, feel free to inquire with the Launch 734 Team.
The following resources in this category are unique to Monroe County.
- Monroe County/ProMedica Innovations Matching Fund Program – This 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 in the fields of technology, healthcare and manufacturing startups.
- 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.
- River Raisin Investor Group – A group of local investors who are looking to help Monroe County entrepreneurs. Reach out to the Launch 734 team to learn more.
- The Maker Space at Monroe County Community College – The college has a variety of machinery which is perfect for prototyping.
- These organizations focus on providing value for their members, enhancing the business climate in the area and advocating for public policy that supports economic growth and vitality. They provide networking opportunities, they fight to protect the interest of businesses in Lansing and Washington D.C., and they help businesses form a better community.
- 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.
- Procurement Technical Assistance Centers – 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.
- 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.
Establishing your projected financial position is an important part of your business plan. It is important to organize your “Financial Team” early in the process so that lenders and investors have a clear picture of your direction.
- Grants.Gov – The Federal Government maintains a web site to find and apply for federal grants.
- U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) – The SBA is an independent agency of the federal government. It is best known for its guaranteed loan programs. The SBA 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.
Consulting / Training
- Michigan Small Business Development Center (Washtenaw) – the Michigan SBDC offers free business consulting services to guide entrepreneurs through the business launch process. They also offer services for established small businesses.
- Small Business Bootcamp Webinars – Webinars on a variety of topics including financial management, marketing and legal.
Marketing / Research
Market research, data and a marketing plan are all crucial to the formation of your business plan. Check out the following resources to help.
- SizeUp for Southeast Michigan – Free market research tool.