Starting and running a small business requires resources. There are businesses, government groups, and nonprofits ready to help you.
We’ve compiled a list of Detroit small business resources and created tools and guides to help you operate a successful business in Michigan.
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Local Resources for Small Business in Detroit
Using local resources can make a big difference. Here are some of the best local resources for small businesses in Detroit.
To get more Michigan business resources, visit our Michigan Small Business Resources guide.
SCORE SE Michigan
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.
1938 Burdette St.
Ferndale, MI 48220
Phone Number: 248-313-8863
Great Lakes Women's Business Council
Women's Business Centers are nationwide programs established by the SBA to assist women in starting small businesses. Some of these centers are combined with other local organizations and use that relationship to offer even more services. Each Women's Business Center has counselors who can provide mentorship and assistance with business planning. Women’s Business Centers also provide a network of other businesses, and some have loan programs available.
The Women's Business Centers are, as the name implies, meant for women primarily.
33109 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, MI 48150
Phone Number: 734-677-1400
SBDC at Eastern Michigan University
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.