Organizations Available to Assist Small Businesses

Chambers of Commerce in Osceola County
Marion  Area Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 294
Marion, MI 49665

(231) 743-2461
Reed City Area Chamber of Commerce
200 N. Chestnut
P.O. Box 27 

Reed City, MI
(231) 832-5431 

Downtown Development Authorities (DDA)
and Local Development Finance Authorities (LDFA)

Evart DDA

127 N River St.
Evart, MI 49631
(231) 734-1085

Evart LDFA

5814 100th Ave.
Evart, MI 49631
(231) 734-6118

Reed City DDA
Mailing Address: 
PO Box 27
Reed City, MI 49677

Physical Address: 
200 N. Chestnut St.
Reed City, MI 49677

Phone:  (231) 832-5431
Email:  Info@ReedCity.org

 

Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator
Farmers are intuitive, can-do individuals who often solve farm problems with ingenious mechanical inventions.  These inventions, which can be as simple as a new farm tool or as elaborate as an entire machine or software system, can be the foundation for a thriving business.

The Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator (GLATBI) specializes in helping farmers and ag-related entrepreneurs commercialize, license, or sell their ag-technology inventions – whether its equipment, tools, machinery, software, or other specialized products.

Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator
www.agtechincubator.com
12220 Fillmore St., Room 260, West Olive, MI 49460
(616) 994-4745


Michigan State University Product Center
The MSU Product Center can help you develop and commercialize high value products and businesses in the food, agricultural and natural resource sectors.  Whether you are a budding entrepreneur or an established business, the MSU Product Center is the front door to Michigan State University's vast and varied technical expertise, research, outreach, and educational services.


Michigan State University Product Center
product@msu.edu
(517) 432-8750


Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Region 3
The mission of the statewide network of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) in Michigan is to achieve government contracting success for clients through the connection of educational resources, advanced-level counseling engagements, and network/resource introductions. Their services include One-On-One Counseling, Bid Matching, Proposal Preparation & Submission, Government Registration Assistance, Federal Subcontracting Assistance, State of Michigan Contracting Assistance, Post-Win Assistance, and Seminars, Training Events & Workshops.

There are 10 PTAC offices around the State.  They are staffed by trained contracting specialists that will assist you through the government contracting process from start to finish.  Osceola County is served by the Muskegon Area First PTAC (231) 722-7700.


Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)    
The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) offers the nation's largest, network of free, expert business mentors. SCORE has over 10,000 volunteers in more than 300 chapters across the nation. Offices near Osceola County are located in Ludington, Traverse City, Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Holland, and Petosky; however, you can also access some of their resources online.  Go to the SCORE website for additional information to include contact information for all SCORE offices.


Small Business Development Centers
Michigan Small Business Development Centers (MI-SBDCs) can be a tremendous asset for small businesses.  MI-SBDCs, headquartered at Grand Valley State University, are a statewide network that provides quality counseling, training, and market research for a variety of small businesses that are emerging and growing throughout Michigan (read 2014 Annual Report).  Osceola County is served by the West Michigan Region Center located at the Grand Valley State University. 

West Michigan Region
Grand Valley State University
1081 L. William Seidman Center
50 Front Avenue SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

(616) 331-7370
sbdc@gvsu.edu
www.SBDCMichigan.org