Resource Directory

Listed here are our many partners we work with to support businesses in West Michigan. Contact us and we will help you navigate the resources you need to grow.

Business to Business

These are chamber partners, providing local business resources and connections in the region. ​

West Coast Chamber
Coopersville Chamber of Commerce
Allendale Chamber of Commerce
Hudsonville Area Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber: Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg
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Screen-Shot-2019-03-15-at-3-50-29-PM.png Otsego Plainwell Chamber of Commerce
Screen-Shot-2019-03-15-at-3-51-49-PM.png Allegan Area Chamber of Commerce
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Entrepreneurial and Small Business Support 

 
 
Allegan Area Educational Service Agency The Allegan County Area Technical & Education Center offers over 19 training programs as well as vocational training for students with special needs.
SURGE is the one-stop entry point for entrepreneurs in Allegan and Ottawa counties into the startup community and resources available to move your pre-revenue company to the next level.
The Economic Development Foundation help originate, close and service SBA 504 Loans and also package 7(a) Loans for lending partners.
GROW-30th-Anniversary-Logo-hortizontal-FINAL-min.png Grand Rapids Opprotunities focuses on helping entrepreneurs at various stages of business ownership. Services include business counseling, entrepreneurial training, networking and financial resources.
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.
Varnum Law MiSpringboard helping businesses achieve their goals by providing high quality legal service on a timely basis at a fair price.

Export Assistance

The International Marketing Program at Michigan Department of Ag and Rural Development assists Michigan food and agricultural businesses in developing domestic and international market opportunities to effectively grow their business. 
 
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. 
333267-1.jpg 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.

 

Agribusiness Support

The Agriculture Development Division at the Michigan Department of Ag and Rural Development delivers expertise and leadership to support economic development in Michigan’s food and agriculture industries.
MSU Extension Farm Management educators assist farmers, businesses, industries, families and individuals improve lives and achieve their goals through an educational process that applies management, production and economic knowledge to critical issues.
Ottawa County government is committed to excellence and the delivery of cost effective public services. Some of those public services are geared toward agriculture, farmland protection, and economic development.
 

New Business Development

Muskegon Area First Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Delivers asistance 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

The Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology offers innovative, educational programs that develop career-ready graduates through intensive, practical learning and skill enhancement in animal sciences, plant sciences, landscape management and electrical technology. Programs can be completed in two years or less, either on campus or at one of twelve partner community colleges including Muskegon Community College.
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. 

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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.  

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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-TEC℠
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.