Guide to Starting and Operating a Small Business
This guide, published by the Michigan Small Business Development Center, is designed as an information tool, outlining the many steps, responsibilities, issues, and questions facing prospective and existing entrepreneurs.  Its written in a clear, easy to follow format.

The information in the guide is both general in nature and specific to Michigan.  It includes the steps and process for starting a business; different forms of business organization; key elements of a business plan; complying with federal, state, and local tax obligations; basics related to management, hiring, marketing and more.  The guide is not a substitute for legal or financial counsel, but it is an information resource and quick reference designed to make the process of starting and operating a business in Michigan a little less overwhelming.

Michigan Cottage Food Law Safety Training
This training is available online through Michigan State University Extension.  Through this training you will learn about preparing and selling foods under the Michigan Cottage Food Law.  The course reviews important food safety practices when preparing and selling food to the public.  A certificate of completion is available  for you to print after you have completed it, stating that you have taken food safety training related to the Michigan Cottage Food Law.  There is a $10 fee payable via PayPal at the time you enroll in the course.

Michigan eLibrary
The Michigan eLibrary has a business gateway that is full of outstanding resources useful to both start-up and existing businesses. You really need to go to the site to appreciate what is there.  On the site you will find items such as:

  • Business Articles
  • Directories
  • Demographic databases
  • Forms
  • How to documents
  • Reference material
  • Research tools
  • Sample business plans

Small Business Administration Guide to Starting A Small Business
This guide published and maintained by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) helps business owners Plan, Launch, Manage, and Grow their business.  Each of the four sections addresses different topics that need to be considered when starting a business.  Information is presented in a clear, easy to follow format.