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The Lost Art of Storytelling

You may think you know your story. You may even know details and dates that are important parts of it. But I’m willing to bet you don’t know the whole story, even though you’ve lived it. In a way, we are better experts on other people’s lives, businesses and communities than we are on our […]

Questions & Answers at Your Library

Does Your Community Have a Business Librarian? The answer is yes, most likely, your community does have a librarian dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and established business owners with their many challenging questions. Have you ever considered calling your local librarian with a tough question?  FYI, the harder the question, the better. Tough research is like […]

Weekly Resource #17 – The Business of Creativity Workshop

Calling all Creatives! Ready to turn your passion into your business? Spring Arbor University’s Hosmer Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Jackson County have teamed up to bring you The Business of Creativity workshop. This is a practical workshop addressing business basics, such as creating a website and maintaining the content, photographing artwork, sales tax […]

BizGrid on the Michigan Business Network Radio Show

Michael Rogers, Vice President of Communications for the Small Business Association of Michigan talks to Bonnie Fahoome about the Detroit BizGrid in 3 segments of the Michigan Business Network radio show.  In case you missed it on the radio, you can listen here:  Segment One:  SBAMS1; Segment Two:  SBAMS2; Segment Three:  SBAMS3.

Weekly Resource #16 – ProsperUS Entrepreneur Training

Revitalizing low-income neighborhoods has a continued to be a complex issue with no simple solution. ProsperUS Detroit is one of the organizations in the Detroit area that is at the forefront of empowering entrepreneurs and community partners to rebuild their blighted communities from within. Offering many different resources including lending, consulting, and instructional classes, ProsperUS […]

Before the Bank: Options For Financing Your Business

I always tell small business owners that if they can secure bank financing to meet their working capital needs, by all means, go for it. Banks have their purpose, but as many small- to mid-size companies have discovered, they aren’t always in a position to lend. That’s where non-bank lenders come in. They offer options […]

Weekly Resource #15 – Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition

An international business competition – Connecting entrepreneurial companies with local, national and international investors. I tell all the early stage entrepreneurs I work with to go to as many pitch and business plan competitions as they can when they’re starting out.  Even if you’re not ready to compete for funding, you’ll gain invaluable knowledge from […]