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Business Information for Michigan Residents: Resources for Entrepreneurs

A listing of resources that can be used by people in Michigan who are not affiliated with the University of Michigan

Professional and Advocacy Organizations and Web Resources

America's Business Funding Directory

  • Learn about the different types of small business financing

Business.USA.gov (formerly Business.gov)

  • Government resources for small businesses including taxes, licenses and permits, statistics, and more

Business Owners' Idea Cafe

  • Interactive and creative small business website which includes message boards and articles on various entrepreneurial topics

CCH Business Owner's Toolkit

  • Includes many important forms for human resources, government contracting, taxes, incorporation, and more

Entrepreneur's Reference Guide to Small Business Information

  • From the Library of Congress. Discusses how to get started with a small business, how to raise capital, managing the business, marketing, doing business with government, and other topics of interest to the small business owner

eVenturing

  • Website for "high-growth entrepreneurs" with articles on marketing and operations, and more

Gaebler Ventures Resources for Entrepreneurs

  • Detailed information on starting, funding, branding and marketing, working with VC firms and more

Inc. Magazine - Startup Resource Center

  • Magazine features, expert opinions, how-to guides and resource lists related to business startups. Other resource centers to check out include the One Person Business, Franchises, Marketing, Sales and more

Minority Business Development Agency

  • This website is published by the U.S. Department of Commerce for small businesses to learn about conferences and competitions and to apply for contracting opportunities

Office of Small Business Programs

  • Published by the U.S. Department of Labor, the website contains information needed for retirement, healthcare, workers compensation, and laws essential for the small business owner.

Score (Service Corps of Retired Executives)

  • A mentoring website which also includes data on disaster preparedness and quizzes about your business

Small Business Administration

  • From the U.S. Government the Small Business Administration, this website has everything for starting a business and for existing small businesses.

ecorner (Stanford University's Entrepreneurship Corner)

  • Source for a number of short and long videos and podcasts featuring entrepreneurship and innovation thought leaders.

Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

  • The SBDC offers "no-cost assistance in everything from writing a business plan to finding ways to finance your startup to expanding your business into international markets."  Focused on Michigan, there are SBDC networks in other states as well through the Small Business Administration.