January 5, 2006 - 1 minute read

The MI-SBDC served 14,995 businesses through one-to-one counseling and business workshops. Fifty-one percent of businesses served were new ventures. Twenty-four percent of businesses served were minority owned.

The Biz Resource Centers continue to be in demand with a statewide total of 28. The SBDC is proud to announce its full accreditation as a result of an extensive review at the end of 2006 that occurs every 4 years by the America’s Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC).

Launch of a Balanced Scorecard at the end of 2006, carried through into implementation in 2007, was used to model a national best practice by the Association at the National Conference in Denver, Colorado. An outstanding rating was given in two specific areas of SBDC work: technology business assistance and statewide branding. The MI-SBDC competed for State of Michigan 1st Century Jobs Funding and was awarded funding over 2 years to provide comprehensive business assistance for technology-based companies in Michigan.