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Directory of Organizations Providing Assistance to Small Businesses and People Interested in Starting Small Businesses in the Lansing, Michigan Metropolitan Area

For additional ideas, see Funding for Business and Economic Development.

Lansing Economic Development Corporation, a quasi-governmental agency, provides counseling, helps draft business and financial plans, assists with site locations, makes referrals for employment and training services, and can serve as a business advocate with other city agencies.
Operates a small business loan program that can loan up to $50,000 for businesses located on Washington Square, between the 100 N. block & the 500 S. block. Also, operates a facade improvement grant program for the same area, with grants up to $5,000. For manufacturers and non-profits with a financing need of $750,000 or more, the Lansing EDC can offer tax-exempt financing options as well.
URL : https://edc.lansingmi.gov/355/Lansing-Economic-Development-Corporation
Mailing address : 1000 S. Washington Square, Suite 201, Lansing, Michigan 48933
Telephone: 517/483-4140
E-mail : edc.cityoflansingmi.com
(Last checked 05/15/17)

The Enterprise Group of Jackson offers assistance to small business owners in areas of government procurement and export help. It is one of 12 nonprofit Michigan Technical Assistance Centers in the state and does not charge for consultations. Provides specialized help for becoming a vendor with the state and federal governments.
URL address: http://www.enterprisegroup.org/
Mailing address : One Jackson Square, Suite 1100, P.O. Box 80, Jackson, MI 49204-0080
Telephone: 517-788-4455
(Last checked 05/15/17)

Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce
For over 110 years, the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce has been an engine driving economic development in the Lansing region and the leading voice for our diverse business community. Chamber programs include:
(1) Economic Development and business attraction program that promotes and supports regional development;
(2) Government Relations, advocating for a positive business environment for our members;
(3) Membership Services, offering a wide variety of business and professional development opportunities;
(4) Networking, offering business connections that maximize business success.
URL : http://www.lansingchamber.org
(Last checked 05/15/17)

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation
URL address: http://www.michiganbusiness.org/#home-intro.
(Last checked 05/15/17)

Old Town Commercial Association helps coordinate a community downtown preservation project and operates a loan pool, which funds certain improvements in Old Town.
URL address : http://www.oldtownmainstreet.org/
Mailing address : 1232 Turner Street, Lansing, MI 48906
Telephone : (517) 485-4283
E-mail oldtown@oldtownmainstreet.org
(Last checked 05/15/17)

SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives, links veteran business people with startup business owners seeking free advice. A joint service of the Small Business Administration and the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, it is located in the chamber office. Counseling sessions are free, and can take place at the chamber offices or at one's business.
URL : http://www.lansingchamber.org/chamber_services.html
For an appointment with a SCORE counselor, please contact the chamber offices at (517) 487-6340 or email score@lansingchamber.org

Small Business Association of Michigan, 222 N. Washington Square, Suite 100, Lansing, MI 48933. (Mailing address : P.O. Box 16158, Lansing, MI 48901-6158); Telephone : (800) 362-5461; E-mail : sbam@sbam.org Provides advocacy for small business operators in the state and national capitals. For its members, the group offers health and life insurance, discounts on courier services and a merchant credit card program, among other services.
Questions about starting and maintaining a small business can be made directly to the 'Answer Man,' a weekly telephone call-in program operated by the association. Dee Smith, director of the regional Small Business Development Center at LCC, operates phone lines on Wednesdays between 8:30a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Contact: 482-8788, or 1-800-362-5461.
He can also be reached at the SBAM Home Page : http://www.sbam.org. TheAnswer Man Online will respond to individual questions and post answers to those of general interest. Anyone who submits a question will enter a weekly drawing to win a free copy of The Start Up Guide-A One-Year Plan for Entrepreneurs by David H. Bangs, Jr.
The association also sponsors a continuing, three-part series of classes on starting one's own business at Lansing Community College. Classes are held mornings on alternate weeks. There is a minimal charge. For details and times, contact SBAM marketing director Doug Carr at 1-800-362-5461 or 517-482-8788.
Last checked 05/15/17)

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission provides business and market planning assistance to start-up businesses. Makes available demographic information, such as radius studies, maps, aerial photos, environmental information, traffic counts, wage information, population projections and industrial site information.

The commission also publishes a directory each October called The Region on the Move. It lists regional agencies and departments that provide expertise in training financing and government assistance.
URL : http://www.tri-co.org
Telephone : (517) 393-0342.
(Last checked 05/15/17)

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce publishes The Small Business Resource Catalog, a collection of published reports and business and employee development programs. The catalog is free and available by calling (888) 872-2724.

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers a variety of loan guarantee programs for collateral-shy small businesses. The programs include SBA 504 Program with long-term, fixed-rate financing for public-private partnerships; a 7(a) Guaranty Program made by private lenders guaranteed up to 80 percent by the SBA; a Micro Loan Program for short-term loans of up to $25,000 for new purchases; and the Low Documentation Loan program designed to speed loan approvals on requests under $100,000.
For more information, call the SBA offices in Detroit at (313) 226-6075.

The U.S. Small Business Administration also offers a Minority Pre-Qualification Loan Program for minority-owned businesses traditionally hard-pressed to secure credit. The program uses selected nonprofit organizations to screen and counsel applicants and present streamlined credit applications for loans up to $250,000.
For more information, contact The Michigan Minority Business Development Council at (313) 873-3200.

Similar information appears from time to time in the Lansing State Journal, Business Monday Extra supplement.




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