Take the Next Step for Your Small Business

This program is designed to assist Upper Peninsula entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses in communities impacted by the Empire Mine closure.

Step UP Your Business, brought to you by the Michigan SBDC with funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration, has officially launched. Please get started by clicking the Request Access button below. We will contact you to review your application and set up your personalized online training program.

In addition to no-cost online training, all program participants have access to no-cost one-on-one business consulting through the Michigan SBDC.

Join our next series in-person or online! 
October 17, 12 - 1 PM ET | Grow Your Business With Government Contracting | REGISTER HERE 
NEW! October 18, 12 - 1 PM ET | Get Ready for the Holidays with Google | REGISTER HERE
October 24, 12 - 1 PM ET | Basic Digital & Social Media Marketing | REGISTER HERE 
October 31, 12 - 1 PM ET | Introduction to E-commerce - Expand Your Reach on the Internet | REGISTER HERE
November 7, 12 PM - 1 PM ET | Advanced Digital & Social Media Marketing Tools | REGISTER HERE


Request access to Step UP Your Business

This program is available to those in Marquette, Iron, Baraga, Alger, Ontonagon, Dickinson, Schoolcraft and Delta counties. 

Request access to the Step UP Your Business program by clicking the button below.

Request Access


Courses included:

Step UP Your Business includes six no-cost online courses developed by business experts.

Online courses for Startups:

  • Starting a Business
  • Writing a Business Plan

Online courses for Existing Businesses:

  • Fundamentals of Small Business Marketing
  • Understanding Your Financial Position
  • Cyber Security Awareness for Small Businesses
  • Grow Your Business With Government Contracting

Have an account? Access courses online here:

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Business services available

For more information about the business services available in the Upper Peninsula, please call the MI-SBDC regional office at: (906) 280-5434.

If you are located outside of the Step UP Your Business service area, click here to access Michigan SBDC services near you. 

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