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Contract Connect

This is the State of Michigan's website for procurement. Potential vendors will find information on contracting opportunities, along with instructions on how to register and bid. The contract list is updated weekly. The Quarterly Upcoming Bid List includes contracts that are scheduled to expire and expected to come back out to bid within approximately the next year.

www.michigan.gov/micontractconnect

Guide to Starting and Operating a Small Business in Michigan

Produced by the State of Michigan, this online guide walks users through various stages on the path to entrepreneurship including: self-assessment, selecting an idea, research, startup cost analysis, writing a business plan, selecting a support team, a startup checklist, and obtaining financing.

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Intern in Michigan

Intern in Michigan is a free process designed to instantly connect students and employers through a unique online matching system. Saving time and headaches, Intern in Michigan makes connections based on specific job-requirements and the individual interests and skills of the candidates.

www.interninmichigan.com

Local First

Local First is based in Grand Rapids and advocates for local business ownership. The nonprofit is divided into two complementary entities: a Local First membership organization representing nearly 600 locally owned businesses; and the Local First Educational Foundation, educating the community on the importance of supporting local businesses. Local First membership is open to any business or nonprofit organization in West Michigan that is locally owned and privately held.

www.localfirst.com

Michigan Business One Stop

This site was designed by the State of Michigan to allow businesses to perform a variety of tasks in one place. Those looking to start a new business can learn state operating requirements, file for needed licenses, permits and registrations, pay for filings electronically, and view resources pertinent to your type of business. Existing businesses are able to organize filings and records, perform renewals, access new applications, complete annual filings, pay business taxes, and make changes in business information.

www.michigan.gov/business

Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)

MEDC is a public-private partnership serving as the state's marketing arm and lead agency for business, talent and jobs, tourism, film and digital incentives, arts and cultural grants, and overall economic growth. MEDC offers a number of business assistance services and capital programs for business attraction and acceleration, economic gardening, entrepreneurship, strategic partnerships, talent enhancement, and urban and community development. Founded in 1999, it also developed and manages the state's popular Pure Michigan brand.

www.michiganadvantage.org

Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center (MISBTDC)

MISBTDC provides no-cost counsel to entrepreneurs and small business owners who need assistance launching or growing their small business. These experienced and educated business consultants are part of a statewide Small Business Team. Depending on the need, they can provide a variety of counseling assistance such as preparing a loan package to present to a lender, analyzing a company’s financials, and creating a strategic plan for a business. They also offer low and no cost training.

www.misbtdc.org.

Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE)

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow, and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. Volunteers deliver services at no charge or at very low cost.

www.score.org.

Think Local First

Think Local First works to support and cultivate locally-owned, independent businesses in Washtenaw County, Michigan. The organization provides resource sharing and community building opportunities for locally-owned independent businesses as well as raising community awareness, and developing strategies for supporting these businesses.

www.thinklocalfirst.net.

US Small Business Administration (SBA)

SBA is a United States government agency that provides support to entrepreneurs and small businesses. The agency helps provide loan and grant assistance, information on registering a business, guidance on working with the government and securing government contracts, and more.

www.sba.gov