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Hart, MI 49420
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LOCAL BUSINESSES DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES SCORE-is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partne ...
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SCORE - is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years.

SCORE is a valuable network of 13,000+ volunteers who offer small business entrepreneurs confidential business counseling services at no charge. SCORE volunteers have the knowledge and experience to help any small business owner get the help they need. Our dedicated volunteers represent over 3,000 years of experience across 62 industries.

SCORE also provides local workshops and events throughout the country to connect small business owners with the people and information they need to start, grow, and maintain their businesses, as well as online workshops available 24/7. SCORE provides resources, templates and tools to assist entrepreneurs in developing tools and plans they need to navigate their way to small business success.

Founded in 1964, SCORE is headquartered in Herndon, VA and has 364 chapters throughout the United States and its territories, with over 13,000 volunteers nationwide.  

Our local SCORE Chapter is located in the Ludington & Scottville Chamber of Commerce office in the Mason County Airport building.    

LOCAL SCORE WEBSITE: https://ludington.score.org/

MICHIGAN WORKS! -  MichiganWorks! provides services to businesses and individuals. The Workforce Service Center is where job seekers come to find work and employers come to find workers.

Michigan Works! is the first unified workforce development system in the country and plays a key role in developing Michigan’s economic future. Working on the statewide and local levels, we are able to take a big picture approach to employment while also maintaining our focus on the individual needs of each community.

So what does this mean for you? It means you get more. More great employees for your business. More job opportunities. More specialized training. More of everything.

Our services include expert staffing and recruitment for organizations large and small. We help businesses find great employees, no matter the skill level, using proactive and innovative solutions to meet each company’s specific needs.

This approach allows us to better serve those seeking jobs as well. We keep track of the best available jobs in each community and work to help people find more than just a paycheck. We lead people to their passion and a career to build a life around.

If you want the perfect employee for your business or are looking to further your career, then you’ve come to the right place.

Local Michigan Works Website: http://www.miworksmo.org/


Established in 1967, the College offers a comprehensive general education curricula designed to meet the needs of students interested in occupational programs leading to immediate employment and students wishing to transfer to a senior institution.  The College offers Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences Degrees, One-and Two-Year Certificates, and many custom-designed Associate of Arts and Associate of Sciences Degree Programs to meet transfer students’ needs.

The College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and earns its accreditation by participating in the Academic Quality Improvement Project (AQIP). 

The College works closely with business and industry to provide a well-trained workforce in a variety of job skill areas and its role in job training has grown to the point that today WSCC offers or can custom design a training program to fit almost any need.  Training can take place on campus or at a business site.


MICHIGAN SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER: The Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) enhances Michigan’s economic well-being by providing counseling, training, secondary market research for new ventures, existing small businesses and advanced technology companies. With offices statewide, the SBDC positively impacts the economy by strengthening existing companies, creating new jobs, retaining existing jobs, and assisting companies in defining their path to success.

Our headquarters at GVSU, 11 regional offices, and more than 20 satellite offices provide you with convenient access to counseling and training throughout Michigan’s 83 counties.

We offer no-cost assistance in everything from writing a business plan to finding ways to finance your startup to expanding your business into international markets.

For whatever your business needs, get started by contacting your local MI-SBDC office.

Our Local MI- SBDC Office is the West Michigan Region, serving counties: Counties Served: Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, Ottawa. 

Host Institution: Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University

Director: Dante Villarreal

Phone Number: (616) 331-7370

Fax: (616) 331-7195

Email Address: sbdc@gvsu.edu


MICHIGAN WORKS!  -  Serving Michigan with a mission is "To continually improve a Career Development System that produces a workforce with the required skills to attract and expand business and enhance our regional economy." 

e-MERGE - Helping entrepreneurs launch new ventures The WSCC Business Opportunity Center (BOC) is helping prospective entrepreneurs launch new ventures and assisting established businesses strengthen their managerial and business skills to grow their business. It connects business to resources whereby any business, large or small, new or existing, can receive training and support to help them thrive.


The BOC is a gateway for entrepreneurs to find resources through a single entity, saving time, frustration and start-up costs. We are also a communication vehicle by providing information about other entrepreneurial organizations and their programs and, by creating referrals; we avoid duplication of services thus creating a cohesive and efficient “continuum of care” for entrepreneurs.

The BOC is also a catalyst for ensuring the next generation of entrepreneurs is being introduced to the concept of business ownership at an early age and our existence lends credibility to the community’s claim to be entrepreneur-driven.

WSCC works in regional partnership on our virtual business incubator. The “e-merge Entrepreneur Network” is a community-based initiative to support entrepreneurs, focused on, but not limited to, the West Michigan lakeshore region. 

As a collaborative group, we promote the region’s resources to entrepreneurs, give entrepreneurial support organizations a way to share ideas and coordinate activities, help identify and fill gaps in services, make sure students know entrepreneurism is a career choice, and promote a “pro-entrepreneur” culture throughout the region. 

WSCC is a proud partner in “e-merge” and we continue to work to promote this one-stop virtual business incubator.

MICHIGAN BUSINESS ONE STOP - Your source for doing business in Michigan.

MICHIGAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION - Michigan’s Official Site for Business, Talent & Jobs and Economic Growth

OUR MISSION: We market Michigan and provide the tools and environment to drive job creation and investment.

VISION: We will transform the Michigan economy by growing and attracting business, keeping talented residents here, and revitalizing our urban centers.

A Top 10 State For

  • Low unemployment

  • Per capita income

  • GDP growth

  • Young adult population growth

OUR CUSTOMERS: We engage with customers globally, including: 

  • Businesses, entrepreneurs and communities,

  • A talented workforce that adds value to Michigan businesses


They have resources to help your business grow.  Oceana County Economic Development Corporation is is a not-for-profit corporation originated to assist business development needs in Oceana County. We offer a wide array of services to present and prospective new business, including financing, site selection, research information, education, networking opportunities with economic development agencies, work force development and trade. Our Corporation partners closely with local, regional, and state agencies to create a strong link for industry needs.


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