Your network determines your net worth. Whether you are a new business coming into the city or one that is already established, here are six organizations that provide great resources to start, sustain and grow your business. Join the club.
Small Business Association Of Michigan (SBAM)
The Small Business Association of Michigan provides support and tools to assist the small business owner. Some member benefits include legal services, sales and marketing assistance, accounting and finance assistance, and services for more efficient operations.
Detroit SCORE is a resource partnered with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). It is a nonprofit association with thousands of volunteers from different industries that educate and assist local small businesses. Mentorships, networking events, workshops, and online tools are all offered, which can help in all aspects of running a successful business.
Detroit Regional Chamber
Detroit Regional Chamber is an organization focused on business growth in Southeast Michigan. In efforts to attract and retain business into this region, the Chamber consist of a large network to connect businesses with prospective clients and resources, and reduce the cost of doing business through their network.
Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The Michigan Small Business Development Center offers no cost assistance to entrepreneurs throughout the state of Michigan by providing counseling, training, and research to help launch, grow and transition your business. Some of the services offered include business plan development, raising capital, and strategic planning.
D2D connects buyers and suppliers, assists local companies in identifying contract opportunities, hosts networking events, and connects businesses locally to strengthen the local economy.
Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP)
Downtown Detroit Partnership is a nonprofit that focuses its efforts to building the downtown community through strategic partnerships and initiatives. As a member, you would be part part of an influential network whose mission is to create a high-quality, diverse urban community in downtown Detroit. Your membership would allow you to stay connected, and lend your voice in the shaping and growth of downtown.
This article was written by T. Marie Adams for CBS Small Business Pulse.