Contact: Hanna Burmeister, Michigan SBDC Marketing Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, 616-331-7489
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Michigan SBDC State Lead Center (Grand Rapids, MI) – The Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network will celebrate the second annual SBDC Day on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. SBDC Day is a national movement to help raise awareness about the service offering 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 2017, the Michigan SBDC provided 37,152 hours of consulting to 5,820 client businesses, resulting in 4,787 jobs created or retained; $229 million in capital formation; and 423 new businesses started. The Michigan SBDC also provided online or in-person training to 7,305 entrepreneurs and small businesses across the state.
“The Michigan SBDC creates a significant impact on our state, and we are proud to have exceeded our 2017 goals,” said Ed Garner, Interim 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.
“It’s great to see SBDCs, their clients and supporters come together to celebrate SBDCs and their amazing clients,” said Charles “Tee” Rowe, President & CEO of America’s SBDC. “With SBDC support, small businesses around the country raised over $5 billion in capital and created nearly 100,000 jobs.”
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, information based planning and technology commercialization services to Michigan’s new business ventures, existing small businesses, growing businesses and innovators. 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.
On March 21 the Michigan SBDC invites clients, partner organizations, and entrepreneurs around the state to join them in celebration of the SBDC’s impact on Michigan’s small business community.
Join the Celebration
- An easy way to participate is through the use of Thunderclap, which posts a one-time message to a user’s social media account of their choice on SBDC Day. To learn more, and to pledge your support, please click here.
- 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.
- Small businesses, partners, and advocates are invited to help spread the word about SBDC Day and the impact of their local Michigan SBDC using the hashtag #SBDCDay leading up to and on March 21.
- 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 counseling, business education, information based planning and technology commercialization services to Michigan’s new business ventures, existing small businesses, growing businesses and innovators. The Michigan SBDC State 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 by calling 616.331.7480 or visiting www.SBDCMichigan.org.