To celebrate the collective impact and success SBDCs have across the nation and in local communities, America’s SBDCs are hosting the third annual SBDC Day on March 20th. SBDC Day is a national movement to share the small business success SBDCs have fostered in communities nationwide, and raise awareness about the service offerings and impact of America’s SBDCs – the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) largest business assistance program. The Michigan SBDC is also supported by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and our Regional Hosts.
With nearly 1,000 centers across the country, SBDCs provide assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the United States and its territories. Job growth for SBDC clients nationally is nearly 10 times greater than job growth for average businesses, and SBDC clients’ sales growth is nearly four times greater than sales growth for businesses in general.
In 2018, the Michigan SBDC provided 37,255 hours of consulting to 5,644 client businesses, resulting in 4,634 jobs created or retained; $205 million in capital formation; and 394 new businesses started. The Michigan SBDC also provided online or in-person training to 6,823 entrepreneurs and small businesses across the state.
“The Michigan SBDC creates a significant impact on our state, and I’m proud that these numbers reflect lives that were affected by services we offer small businesses,” said J.D. Collins, State Director of the Michigan SBDC. “SBDC Day provides a valuable opportunity to acknowledge the hard work of our team and celebrate the successes of our thousands of clients around the state.”
SBDC Day will unite SBDCs across the country and the nearly one million small businesses they collectively serve each year by sharing, in real time, the success stories and notable impacts SBDCs have on the small business community at large. Social media will play a central role on SBDC Day. This special day will also be celebrated through proclamations, and online and in-person workshops and events.
The Michigan SBDC is a statewide network of eleven regional offices hosted by the state’s universities, colleges, and economic development organizations. The Michigan SBDC provides consulting, business education, secondary market research and technology commercialization services to Michigan’s new business ventures and existing small businesses. SBDC services are available at no cost to entrepreneurs and small businesses in all 83 counties of Michigan.
In addition to its core service offering, the Michigan SBDC also offers specialized services, including access to capital, strategic planning, growth strategy, international trade, cybersecurity, international search engine optimization analysis, and more.
Join the Celebration
- Businesses that have worked with the Michigan SBDC are invited to share how the SBDC has impacted their business using the hashtag #MISBDC and #SBDCDay, or by connecting with the Michigan SBDC on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
- Give your SBDC Consultant a shout-out! The Michigan SBDC has nearly 90 team members across Michigan, who are dedicated to helping your small business succeed. Has your consultant made a difference in your business? Send them a quick note and reach out to say hello.
- Small businesses, partners, and advocates are also encouraged to contact their local Michigan SBDC office to learn about upcoming workshops, special events, and other opportunities to engage with the SBDC.
To learn more about SBDC Day, please visit www.AmericasSBDC.org/SBDCDay.
About the Michigan SBDC
The Michigan Small Business Development Center provides business consulting, education, secondary market research and technology commercialization services to Michigan’s new business ventures and existing small businesses. The Michigan SBDC Network includes eleven regional offices statewide, serving all 83 counties in Michigan. The Michigan SBDC Lead Center 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 visiting www.SBDCMichigan.org.