The MBN resource center is a hub of organizations that are helping the Michigan business community.
Small Business Administration (SBA)
Created in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.
COVID-19 Economic Injury Loan Application: https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#
COVID-19 Resources: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options
National Small Business Association (NSBA)
Celebrating more than 80 years representing America’s small-business owners, NSBA is a staunchly nonpartisan organization with 65,000 members in every state and every industry in the U.S. They offer access to the latest resources, information, and best practices in advocacy and communications for our members, government offices, and the media.
COVID-19 Resources: https://nsba.biz/COVID-19
Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM)
The Small Business Association of Michigan is the only statewide and state-based association that focuses solely on serving the needs of Michigan’s small business community. They have been successfully serving small businesses in all 83 counties of Michigan since 1969. Their mission is to advocate for small business, bring business owners together to share knowledge, create collaboration and partnerships, and deliver group buying power.
COVID-19 Resources: https://www.sbam.org/Resources/COVID-19-Resources
Webinar Series: https://www.sbam.org/Resources/SBAM-Webinar-Series
Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, in collaboration with more than 100 economic development partners, markets Michigan as the place to do business, assists businesses in their growth strategies, and fosters the growth of vibrant communities across the state.
COVID-19 Resources: https://www.michiganbusiness.org/covid19/
Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) enhances Michigan’s economic wellbeing by providing consulting, training and market research for new ventures, existing small businesses and advanced technology companies.
With headquarters at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, 11 regional offices and more than 20 satellite offices, they provide entrepreneurs and business owners with convenient access to counseling and training throughout Michigan.
COVID-19 Resources: https://sbdcmichigan.org/small-business-covid19/
Michigan Celebrates Small Business (MCSB)
The MCSB’s role is to serve as a catalyst for creating an entrepreneurial culture while inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs. The mission of MCSB is to honor and recognize Michigan’s small business people and those champions and advocates that support them.
MCSB brings together the resources of collaborative partners and supporters so that they may raise the profile of small businesses in Michigan, build a network of entrepreneurial companies, and tell the stories of successful, growing Michigan entrepreneurs.
Edward Lowe Foundation
Ed and Darlene Lowe established the Edward Lowe Foundation in 1985 to leverage entrepreneurship as a strategy for economic growth and community development. In contrast to most U.S. foundations, which are grant-giving entities, they are an operating foundation that funds its own programs.
Their entrepreneurship initiatives are focused on second-stage companies — growth-oriented firms that have moved beyond startup but haven’t yet reached maturity. Their peer learning, leadership education and strategic information programs are geared to help these companies continue growing.
Michigan Works Association
The Michigan Works! Association was established in 1987 to provide services and support to Michigan’s workforce development system. Through the association, members can access timely, relevant professional development opportunities and ensure high-quality programs for all customers.
The Michigan Works! Association is a non-profit membership organization that supports the state's talent development system: Michigan Works!. The Association connects local agencies and partners with resources to help them better serve employers and job seekers.