We are excited to introduce a new program providing no-cost resources and support for small businesses in Livingston, Monroe, and Washtenaw Counties.
Start, Grow, & Expand Your Small Business With:
Personalized guidance to address your business challenges and opportunities.
Workshops and Seminars
Participate in educational sessions on essential topics for small
Networking and Mentorship Opportunities
Expand your business network – connect with peers and industry leaders.
Learn more about small business funding resources.
The funding for these services is being provided by a grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). This grant enables our partner organizations and Ann Arbor SPARK to provide these resources and support at no cost to eligible businesses.
Who is eligible to apply?
Eligible small businesses include for-profit businesses who are:
For new or existing businesses, at least 51% owned and operated by U.S. citizens from minority groups (including Asian Pacific, Hispanic, Hispanic, Asian Indian, Black / African, Native American, Middle East / North African).
Businesses in CDFI Investment Areas
These include new or existing businesses located in Qualified Census Tracts or Rural Areas of Michigan. The map of these areas can be viewed here.
Businesses Owned by Socially or Economically Disadvantaged Individuals (SEDI)
This includes new or existing businesses facing challenges in accessing capital and resources due to factors like racial, ethnic, or cultural bias, gender, veteran status, disability, or residence in underserved communities.
Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
This includes existing businesses established before March 2020 that can demonstrate a disproportionate negative economic impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
If your small business does not qualify under this program, there are still many resources available to help. Visit the MEDCs website to learn more about assistance and resources available for Michigan small businesses.
We are working with the MEDC and our partner organizations to launch these services
in the first quarter of 2024.
If your organization meets the eligibility criteria, please register below to be added to our
Get notified as soon as registration for the small business support program opens!
Business Support Partners
We have a network of experienced business support organizations across Livingston, Monroe and Washtenaw Counties who are ready to work with you!
Launch 734 by the Monroe County Business Alliance
The Launch 734 mission is to help entrepreneurs create, validate, and grow small businesses in diverse sectors. Launch 734 helps start-ups who are looking to get their idea off the ground or existing companies that are looking to take their business to the next level.
Livingston Business HUB by the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce
A center for innovation and support for small businesses, our programs support leadership education and development, business coaching, succession planning, organizational culture, innovation and growth, practical business applications for AI, and networking.
The Michigan (MI) SBDC will provide individualized consulting, training, and market research for
new ventures and existing small businesses. MI SBDC is committed to fostering and sustaining
a culture of inclusion through service to Michigan’s diverse business community.
Micro Enterprise Development by the Jewish Family Services
Jewish Family Services will offer micro-enterprise development services for small businesses owned by refugees, immigrants, and other vulnerable community members. Services include business planning, financial projection, financial literacy, and marketing education.
Start-Up Incubator by the Entrepreneurship Center at Washtenaw Community College
With a holistic, two-year approach to entrepreneur development, the Start-Up Incubator focuses on launching businesses and driving revenue. This action-oriented program covers essential business skills and provides a supportive community through coaching and peer groups.
This inclusive entrepreneurship program provides the proven tools and expert guidance to strengthen your small business and help you successfully grow. Services include an 8-week cohort-based training, community events, and personalized business coaching.