Best Small Business Resources in the Ann Arbor Area

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Starting a business is a life-changing experience. Michigan has dozens of great resources to help entrepreneurs get started. Our team researched and vetted organizations in the Ann Arbor area and compiled our list of recommended resources in this article.

You can also read our guide to starting a business in Michigan.

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The Entrepreneurship Center

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Coworking
  • Networking

Description

Located at Washtenaw Community College (WCC), the Entrepreneurship Center works with entrepreneurs and small businesses to help create, refine, and expand ideas and businesses. The Entrepreneurship Center offers a coworking space, access to WCC’s library for research purposes, workshops, platforms for business promotion, networking opportunities, and more.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

4800 E Huron River Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105-4800
734-249-5880
entrepreneurship@wccnet.edu


Office Evolution Ann Arbor

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Coworking
  • Networking

Description

Located just two miles from the University of Michigan's campus, Office Evolution Ann Arbor is a hub for local entrepreneurs that offers coworking, private offices, and virtual services such as Live Answering and Business Address plans. In their sleek and modern conference rooms they host networking events for the local professional community, most notably LinkedIn Local Ann Arbor.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

455 E Eisenhower Pkwy., Suite 300
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
734-821-8085
AnnArbor.MI@officeevolution.com


SBDC at Washtenaw Community College

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

The greatest strength of the SBDC is their free, confidential, 1-on-1 business mentoring for anyone who seeks it. Sometimes in order to be considered for mentoring from one of their professional business advisors, you may have to attend a class/workshop or at least present your business plan. SBDC's are located all throughout the state and you should use the SBDC closest to your location if possible, but you can often transfer to a different location if they do not fit your needs.


Ann Arbor SCORE

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is a leading, nation-wide organization that has assisted millions of entrepreneurs over its 50+ years of operation. SCORE is a resource partner of the SBA that offers access to a network of experienced business leaders who donate time to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also host free or inexpensive workshops online and at 300 local chapters around the United States. Mentoring can be conducted either in person or remotely and is always free and confidential, no matter how often you take advantage of this service.