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Consulting and Education Sources

Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living (CIL): The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living offers the MicroEnterprise Works (MEW) program. MEW is a program that helps people with disabilities who are considering starting a small business. The CIL helps potential entrepreneurs evaluate their business ideas and determine whether they are personally ready to start a small business or be self-employed. www.annarborcil.org/offices/microenterpriseworks 

Center for Empowerment and Economic Development (CEED): The Center for Empowerment and Economic Development is committed to empowering women and minorities economically through business development training, vendor certification, business-to-business networking and accessible capital assistance programs. www.miceed.org

Eastern Michigan University Center for Entrepreneurship: The Center for Entrepreneurship is a co-curricular program of the EMU College of Business which strives to encourage innovative business creation and growth in southeast Michigan and a strong culture of entrepreneurial thinking in the EMU community. www.cob.emich.edu

Entrepreneurship Center at Washtenaw Community College
The Entrepreneurship Center at Washtenaw Community College is a meeting place to connect student and community entrepreneurs with resources and professional assistance to bring ideas to market. Along with offering free workshops and market research assistance, the Center acts as a resource hub and no-cost coworking space for entrepreneurs and prospective entrepreneurs. ec.wccnet.edu

Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN) Faculty Expertise Portal - This first generation federated database includes faculty experts from four research universities (University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and Dearborn, Wayne State University, and Michigan State University) – and is working to include all six research universities of the MCRN (Western Michigan University and Michigan Technological University). These experts are searchable by publications, grants, and patents, and also features available core facilities/equipment. Its user-friendly interface and search process targets entrepreneurs, start-ups, and businesses of all sizes. http://www.experts.scival.com/RegionalPortal/mcrn/

Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC): MI-SBDC enhances Michigan’s economic well being by providing counseling, training, research and advocacy for new ventures, existing small businesses and innovative technology companies. www.sbdcmichigan.org

SCORE: Staffed with retired business executives, SCORE provides free and confidential business advice and counseling tailored to meet the needs of small businesses and personal objectives. www.score.org

U-M Business Engagement Center: The Business Engagement Center is a “front door” to the University of Michigan for businesses and industry. www.bec.umich.edu

U-M Center for Entrepreneurship: The Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) is a Michigan Engineering venture that empowers students, faculty and staff to pursue entrepreneurial achievements that improve people’s lives, drive the economy and help innovators bridge the gap between inventor and the business that is enabled by these breakthroughs. www.cfe.umich.edu/u

U-M Office of Technology Transfer: The University of Michigan Office of Tech Transfer is responsible for the transfer of technology to the marketplace. The licensing staff shares responsibilities between the central and satellite offices to ensure a consistent interface for all technology transfer needs. www.techtransfer.umich.edu

U-M Zell Lurie Institute: The Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies provides the curriculum, program initiatives, community involvement, and alumni outreach activities that deliver exclusive resources for future entrepreneurs of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. www.zli.bus.umich.edu

Funding Sources

Ann Arbor Angels: The Ann Arbor Angels is a membership organization of Angel investors that invest in early-stage technology companies in the greater Ann Arbor area. www.annarborangels.org

Biotechnology Business Consultants (BBC): BBC concentrates its efforts in the areas of business development, SBIR/STTR training and proposal preparation and support. www.bioconsultants.com

Great Lakes Entrepreneur’s Quest (GLEQ): The GLEQ is a non-profit program that awards prize money in business plan competitions aimed at encouraging and educating entrepreneurs on the creation, start-up and early growth stages of high growth businesses. www.gleq.org

Michigan Emerging Technologies Fund (ETF): The Michigan Emerging Technologies Fund (Michigan ETF) is designed to expand funding opportunities for Michigan technology-based companies in the federal innovation research and development arena. The fund will match both Phase I and Phase II SBIR/STTR awards until funds are exhausted. www.mietf.org

Small Business Administration: The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Approximately 35-40% of all SBA loans are made to start-up companies. www.sba.gov

Venture Capital and Angel Investors: The mission of both venture capital firms and angel investors is to invest in start-up, early stage and emerging growth companies in exchange for an equity position.

Networking Sources

Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti Area Chamber of Commerce: The Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber is a 1,300-member community organization that actively facilitates, educates and advocates on behalf of its members through services and programs. www.a2ychamber.org

MichBio: MichBio is a non-profit, statewide trade association. MichBio’s mission is to drive life sciences industry growth in Michigan. www.michbio.org

NEF: New Enterprise Forum is a membership organization that helps entrepreneurs establish strategic alliances and build strong viable companies. www.newenterpriseforum.org

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