Small Business Links

This section is a collection of links to resources that small businesses may find useful.  Although there are commercial resources which small businesses may find useful they are not included in this section.

Guide to Starting and Operating a Small Business
The Guide to Starting and Operating a Small Business is published by the Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC).  It is one of the most useful guides for an individual starting a small business.   

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.  There is a $10 fee payable at the time you enroll in the course.

Michigan Business One Stop  
The Michigan Business One Stop is part of the official State of Michigan website.  It is an online service that helps make it easier for you to start a business.  

In the Resource Center you will find an array of resources and tools to help you start and operate a business in Michigan.  From tips on writing a business plan to financing your business, the Resource Center has it all.  Check out the "Try Business One Stop" feature where you can create scenarios for starting different types of businesses and learn the State requirements for getting started, including costs and time frames.  No phone calls, no hassles.

When you are ready, click the "Log In and Do Business" button for access to the secure area where you can perform a variety of tasks to start and operate your Michigan business, such as register for taxes and apply for permits and licenses.

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