Are you taking full advantage of business resources in your area?

Northern Michigan offers ten Business Resource Centers packed full of useful information for entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs are the pulse of our economy and community. We applaud you and your entrepreneurial spirit; we want to support your efforts.

Working closely with Michigan State University Extension, Northern Lakes Economic Alliance, local libraries, Chambers of Commerce and many others, we have established a network of ten Business Resource Centers (BRC) in Northern Michigan. By sharing resources we are able to offer research and business development tools specifically for the needs of the entrepreneur no matter what stage your business is in from pre-startup to startup and through the growth stages.

Think of the online BRC Network as one Business Resource Center with ten locations. It is a website component, so the BRC can be as close as your computer. All designed to better serve you, the entrepreneur.

Each resource center has:

  • Business related books, magazines, periodicals and hard copy resources. From “writing a business plan” basics to titles on specific types of business start-ups and growth. There are also reference directories to assist in research and other demographic information.
  • Internet based resources. Websites, market research and other web-based tools for the entrepreneur that needs to tap into the World Wide Web for the most updated info.

To learn more about the network, BRC locations and utilize on-line resources visit the Business Resource Center website.

Michigan State University Extension has had a unique relationship with the regional economic development organization Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA) for more than 20 years. Recognizing the strength of combining resources, this partnership focuses on economic development, entrepreneurship growth and community infrastructure throughout a four-county region in the northwest Lower Peninsula, specifically Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet counties. As a result, the NLEA utilizes resources offered through MSU Extension as it provides leadership to state-wide programs sponsored by MSU Extension.” 

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