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Grand Rapids Business Assistance Matrix Business Assistance Organizations

Service Area

Clientele

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Technical Assistance

Training

City of Grand Rapids

City of Grand Rapids &

Any business in the city

Limited – mostly referrals None

Economic Development Foundation

Kent County & 13 other counties

Small businesses using the SBA 504 Loan Pro-

Help with loan applications, referral to loan

None

Entrepreneurship Center/GVSU

West Michigan

Small business owners

Through students at GVSU

Topic oriented

Family Business Counsel

West Michigan

Family members within a family owned business

None at present

Topic oriented

Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

Kent County & Eastern Ottawa

Small business owners

Business Services

None

Grand Rapids Opportuni- West Michigan focusing ties For Women (GROW) on Kent County

Focus on women below median income level

Business Counseling

Specific courses

Hispanic Center of West Michigan

Open to the public

Referrals

None

Michigan Minority Busi- 616 Area code ness Development Center

Members of MMBCD

Referrals

None

Neighborhood Business Specialists Program

Neighborhood businesses & business associations

Economic development assistance

None

The Right Place Program Kent County

Primarily existing businesses

Business Counseling

Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE)

Kent County

Start ups, existing businesses, expansions

Financial management, marketing, purchasing

Business skills workshops

Small Business Development Center

Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon Counties

Start ups and existing small businesses

Business start up & growth counseling

Market research, planning, accessing capital

Grand Rapids Urban League

CDBG Target Area

Target Area residents

Business plan writing

Business Development

West Michigan

City of Grand Rapids CDBG Target Area

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