The Michigan SBDC provides consulting, training and research to assist small business to launch, grow, transition and innovate.

The Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) enhances Michigan’s economic wellbeing by providing consulting, training and market research for new ventures, existing small businesses and advanced technology companies.

With our Lead Center at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids and 11 regional offices throughout the state, we provide entrepreneurs and business owners with convenient access to counseling and training throughout Michigan.

The Michigan SBDC is committed to foster and sustain a culture of inclusion through equitable outreach and service to Michigan's diverse business community.

Our Leadership Team

We all have one thing in common at the SBDC—we love Michigan businesses!
Learn more about the SBDC Leadership team members committed to making a difference for small businesses like yours. 

View our Leadership Team

Our Partners

We partner with some great companies and organizations that love small business as much as we do. 

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Michigan Business Network
Michigan ELibrary
SBAM 2018

Our 2020 Impact

In a year that required endless resilience, Michigan small businesses remained committed to their dreams. 



Michigan Businesses Received SBDC Consulting


Jobs Created


Attended SBDC Trainings

$241 M

In Capital Formation

Advisory Board

Our advisory board is comprised of those who understand Michigan’s economy and are spurring it toward success: small business owners and representatives from local chambers of commerce, educational institutions, professional associations and economic development organizations.

Program Partners

Bob Thomas, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Advisory Board Chair
Jim Baker, Michigan Technological University
Chuck Hadden, Michigan Manufacturers Association
Elissa Sangalli Hillary, Local First
Ron Knipping, Rehmann
Robert McKee, PNC Bank
Erin Strang, CMU Research Center
Michael Smith, Kettering University
Tony Stamas, Michigan Business Alliance 

Small Business Owners

Jeffrey Blohm, Blohm Creative Partners
Jennifer Kluge, CEO, Corp! Magazine
Jerry Singh, RTI Laboratories
Carla Walker-Miller, Walker Miller Energy

Catherine Gase, U.S. Small Business Administration
Fred Molnar, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Constance Logan, U.S. Small Business Administration District Director

SBDC Staff

J.D. Collins, MI-SBDC State Director
Hollie Blagg, MI-SBDC Associate State Director
Phil Tepley, MI-SBDC Tech Commercialization Director
Zara Smith, MI-SBDC Regional Center Liaison 

Admin Support

Vertrice Allen, Walker-Miller Energy 
Holly Conroy, Corp! Magazine