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    Entrepreneurial and Small Business Support 

    ACRE - Ag Tech Helping farmers, entrepreneurs, and existing businesses commercialize, license, or sell their ag-technology ideas and inventions.
    Business Acceleration Fund - Fund available through the Holland SmartZone
    Economic Development Foundation - Help originate, close and service SBA 504 Loans and also package 7(a) Loans for lending partners.
    GROW - An organization focused on helping entrepreneurs at various stages of business ownership. Services include business counseling, entrepreneurial training, networking and financial resources.
    PTAC - Provides a range of services and resources to help businesses win and successfully complete government contracts.
    MSU Product Center - Helps entrepreneurs as well as established companies develop and commercialize high value, consumer responsive products in the Michigan agriculture, food and natural resource sector. 
    Opportunity Resource Fund - Provides loans to Michigan-based businesses when they have been unable to secure financing from traditional lenders (banks/credit unions). Covering start-ups, existing and expanding businesses and non-profits.
    Small Business Association of Michigan - Helping Michigan small businesses succeed by promoting entrepreneurship, leveraging buying power and engaging in political advocacy.
    Small Business Development Center (SBDC) - Provides counseling, training and research to assist small businesses to launch, grow, transition and innovate. 
    Start Garden - A resource for startups that are fundraising, or will be in the future, to introduce them to a broad spectrum of investors and seasoned entrepreneurs from outside our walls. Within our walls, there is an exchange of knowledge and relationships among startups.

    Export Assistance

    EXIM Bank - Official export credit agency of the US, providing tools to increase business export sales through mitigation of risk of nonpayment by foreign buyers, access to vital working capital and providing financing for foreign buyers. 
    Van Andel Global Trade Center - Assisting small, medium and large companies when they are thinking about entering a new international market, figuring out customs compliance, international regulations, or looking for overseas suppliers to compliment their global supply chain. 
    U.S. Commercial Service - Grand Rapids Provides international market intelligence, business matchmaking, trade education and trade counseling.

    Manufacturing Support

    Discover Manufacturing - A collaborative of manufacturers, educators, workforce development and economic development organizations working together to meet West Michigan's manufacturing needs. They offer manufacturers  opportunities to solve their manufacturing talent needs. 
    Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (MMTC) - Offers small to medium sized manufacturers benchmarking, consulting and training services in areas such as growth, continuous improvement/lean, quality and environmental systems, sustainability and safety to help Michigan companies compete and grow.

    New Business Development

    Muskegon Area First Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) - Delivers assistance to all types of established businesses in a 13-county region, preparing them to increase their sales in government markets. 
    Pure Michigan Business Connect - MEDC Michigan Economic Development Corporation-sponsored programming and events that help connect businesses with procurement and industry growth opportunities. 

    Talent Solutions

    Community Action House - EPIC Empowerment Program Helping companies seeking innovative ways to inspire staff effectiveness, building a culture of mutual accountability and responsibility, equipping staff to own their work, experience, culture and success and craving a solution that increases awareness and give practical tools to manage and change behavior.
    Employer Resource Network - A private-public consortia whose purpose is improved workforce retention through employee support and training.
    Grand Rapids Community College Workforce Training & M-TEC - Offers customized training, continuing education/professional development, job training programs, the Michigan Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing Grant (MCAM) and the Michigan New Jobs Training program.
    Grand Valley State University Career Center - Provides employers with comprehensive recruitment services including job postings, employer events and career fairs, internship and co-op development and training, building a campus employment brand, and on-campus interviews. 
    Hello West Michigan - A platform of resources assisting companies in their talent attraction efforts to enhance what they are already doing. Creates awareness about the 13 county region through informational resources on our website, attracts the interested through out-bound marketing, and connects candidates to companies and the community through a weekly resume pack.  
    MichiganSmartCoast - Businesses and communities are encouraged to adopt this brand to help tell the story of lifestyle and career opportunities along the Lakeshore. In addition, engineering, plant manager and intern events are held under the Michigan Smart Coast umbrella. 
    Muskegon Community College Lakeshore Business and Industrial Service Center - The Lakeshore Business and Industrial Services Center can partner with your company through a variety of services including customized non-credit training and workforce development, credit courses, job postings and recruitment of talent, company sponsorships, internships, apprenticeships and other services.
    Ottawa Area Intermediate School District - Working with companies to develop meaningful connections with local K-12 systems, educators and students. 
    Thompson M-TECâ„  - Career and Corporate Training Helping bridge the skill gap by providing customizable and flexible business training, certification testing and assessments to meet the needs of adult students and the business community.
    West Michigan Works! - Providing businesses talent and training solutions through industry cluster development, human resource services, employer seminar series, grant opportunities for developing a stronger workforce and job fairs/hiring events.
    Intern Connect - Help your interns make the most of their summer and make yourself visible to interns by a variety of sponsorships.

    Ongoing Training and Life Long Learning 

    Employers Association of West Michigan - To provide key employer services and information in support of talent and workforce development.
    Our Vision: To be the leading employer's resource in West Michigan.
    GVSU Center for Adult and Continuing Studies - The Center for Adult and Continuing Studies develops and supports programs and services that link the needs of lifelong learners with the resources of the university.


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