community development

New tools and resources available to help launch
and grow Michigan small businesses


Small businesses across the state now have access to new tools and resources to help them launch and grow in Michigan. Michigan Economic Development Corporation's (MEDC) Community Development and Capital Access teams have partnered with Northern Initiatives to offer an online learning portal that gives small businesses access to valuable resources to help them grow and thrive in today’s economy. These resources cover topics such as money, marketing and management issues, and COVID-19 reopening resources.

In order to make the best use of this portal, MEDC has launched the Initiate Business Retention Training Series for local units of government, downtown development authorities, main street organizations and other downtown management organizations that support small businesses within their districts. In addition, the program is available to financial institutions and other resource providers who utilize MEDC’s Capital Access Program.

The training series will focus on how to use the portal and how to assist a small business owner in navigating the available resources. Registration for the training series is required and trainings are available at no cost. The first training in the series, “Getting Started with Initiate,” starts June 30. 

Find more information about the online learning portal, the new tools and resources available and sign up today for the upcoming training series.

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