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New Program for Small Businesses Launches in Upper Peninsula
The Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has launched Step UP Your Business, a program designed to assist entrepre- neurs in starting and growing their businesses in communities impacted by the Empire Mine closure. This online training program is designed specifically for residents in an eight- county area of the Upper Peninsula including Marquette, Iron, Baraga, Alger, Ontonagon, Dickinson, Schoolcraft and Delta counties.
Step UP Your Business includes six no-cost online courses that are developed by business experts from the Michigan SBDC. These online courses include: Starting a Business, Writing a Business Plan, Fundamentals of Small Business Marketing, Understanding Your Financial Posi- tion, Cyber Security Awareness for Small Busi- nesses, and Grow Your Business with Govern- ment Contracting. These courses will equip individuals with tools to successfully start, launch, or grow their small business. Partici- pants also have access to a no-cost business con-
sultant to help them with their small business needs.
“The purpose of this program is to assist small businesses
increase their sales
by going outside
their normal
comfort zone,”
said Laura
Regional Director
of the Upper
Peninsula SBDC.
“This will open up greater sales potential for our local small businesses and increase their sales influence to bring dollars into the Upper Penin- sula of Michigan. We all can benefit from this program.”
The Michigan SBDC received a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administra- tion to provide targeted support to areas affected by the closure of the Empire Mine. The closure
displaced 307 employees and resulted in an esti- mated $48.4 million annual payroll loss and total annual economic impact of $216 million.
Former employees and local business owners have been affected by the closure. This program will provide new opportunities for Upper Peninsula residents interest- ed in entrepreneurship.
“We are very excited to see this federal grant award- ed to Michigan,” comment-
ed Keith Brophy, State Director of the Michigan SBDC. “It enables additional targeted support to our efforts to boost small business in this region of the Upper Peninsula. We know the area has great people, some very strong existing small businesses, and great potential for new small businesses. The additional training and consulting programs will make a meaningful difference in propelling small business momen-
The online program is currently open for reg-
istration and is available at no cost. If you are interested in signing up for the online course and accessing one-on-one business consulting through the Michigan SBDC, visit www.SBD-
About the Michigan SBDC
The Michigan Small Business Development Center provides counseling, business education, information based planning and technology commercialization services to Michigan’s new business ventures, existing small businesses, growing businesses and innovators. The Michi- gan SBDC State Headquarters is located at the Grand Valley State University, Seidman College of Business in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Entrepreneurs and small business owners may access the services of their nearest Michigan SBDC by calling 616.331.7480 or visiting
A program designed to assist entrepreneurs in starting and
growing their businesses in communities impacted by the
Empire Mine closure.

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