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The Great Lakes Bay Small Business Center has been selected as one of 27 regional grantees to receive funding from the Small Business Support Centers (SBSH) program, a major initiative supported by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). .
“By bringing together organizations that provide vital resources such as networking, events, programs and dedicated spaces, this initiative aims to create a dynamic ecosystem for small business development,” said Erin Strang, president and CEO of Central Michigan University Research Corporation (CMURC). . . “The true strength of the Great Lakes Bay Small Business Center lies in the collective efforts of all partners working together to empower and support the success of our local entrepreneurs.”
The goal of the center is to leverage existing resources and deliver programs and services to the community through the collaboration of local chambers, community and economic development organizations, and entrepreneurial small business service organizations. Regional agencies include CMURC, MEDC, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance. Bay County includes the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and Bay Future. Midland County is represented by the Midland Business Alliance. Isabella County includes the Middle Michigan Development Corporation (MMDC) and the Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce. Features Saginaw County, Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce and Saginaw Future.
“We are pleased to partner with CMURC to provide consulting and support services to our local small business owners. We have the wealth of knowledge and experience to help make their dreams a reality,” said Chris Vieau, regional director of the Lake Huron Region SBDC.
“Michigan is committed to strengthening our entrepreneurial ecosystem by supporting the small businesses that drive our economy, as well as trusted partners like CMURC that serve small businesses and partners across Michigan,” said Amy Rencher, MEDC’s Senior Vice President of Small Business Services. “Using federal dollars, the Great Lakes Bay Small Business Support Center will help us expand and improve resources in the region while raising the national profile of the strength of our entrepreneurial community.”
The center provides a convenient location for small businesses in the Great Lakes Bay Area, offering flexible office and conference space in Bay City, Midland, Saginaw, and the soon-to-reopen Mt Pleasant facility. Entrepreneurs can take advantage of unique opportunities to sell products using the SVRC Marketplace or Harrison City Market, which aims to provide expanded business services to Clare, Gladwin and Osceola counties. This collaboration will revitalize the commercial kitchen and business incubator space using advanced technology, staff support and strategic marketing efforts. CMURC invites the community to the grand opening of the Mt Pleasant facility on June 26, 2024.
“This strategic collaboration of the Small Business Support Centers Program marks a transformative moment for our region,” said Justin Cavanaugh, City Manager and Secretary of Harrison, Michigan. “With the inclusion and expansion of Harrison’s Market, this strategic alliance strengthens its impact, creating a dynamic environment for entrepreneurial growth and community well-being.”
To learn more about the Great Lakes Bay Small Business Center program and its commitment to local businesses, visit cmurc.com/glbsbh.