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 Grand Rapids 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 Grand Rapids
Using local resources can make a big difference. Here are some of the best local resources for small businesses in Grand Rapids.
To get more Michigan business resources, visit our Michigan Small Business Resources guide.
SCORE Grand Rapids
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.
Jandernoa Entrepreneurial Mentoring
Jandernoa Entrepreneurial Mentoring is focused on helping businesses grow through mentoring sessions with key decision makers like owners, CEOs, Presidents, etc. Jandernoa carefully picks candidates after an interviewing process, then mentees meet with mentors twice a month for one year, then once a month for 2 years.
Eligible mentees are CEOs, Presidents, etc. of established companies. Businesses must be operating for at least 3 years, making at least $1 million in annual revenue, and have at least 4 full-time employees.
171 Monroe Avenue, N.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone Number: 616-325-2112
SBDC at Grand Valley State 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.
Phone Number: 616-331-7480