Small Business Resources

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How do you turn your unique idea into a successful small business? Our Small Business Resource Center has loads of resources, including books and databases, to help you plan, start, and grow your business. We also offer classes and individual appointments to help you get started with your small business research.

Books to Get You Started

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Business Plans

Business Plans Handbook

Over 500 business plans in "Small Business Resource Center" database

SBA Business Plan Tutorial

Michigan's "Guide to Starting a Small Business" online

Financing a Small Business

SBA Financial Assistance


Michigan Certified Development Corporation

Economic Development Foundation

Resource Guide: How to Finance Your Small Business

Legal Aspects

Resource Guide: Legal Information

Michigan License Search

Michigan Business Entity Search

IRS Employer ID Numbers (EINs)

Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center

Small Business Taxes: The Virtual Workshop

Customer Demographics

Demographic Profile for Grand Rapids and Lakeshore Areas

Sourcebook of Zip Code Demographics

Best Customers: Demographics of Customer Demand

Community Research Institute

The Right Place - Regional Statistics

Michigan Economic Development Corporation Regional Economic Profiles

Resource Guide: Market Research

Marketing Your Business

How To Write a Marketing Plan

Entrepreneur Magazine's Ultimate Small Business Marketing Guide

Small Business Adminstration Marketing Marketing Tutorials

American Marketing Association

National Federation of Independent Business

Resource Guide: Marketing Your Business

National and Local Organizations

Small Business Administration (SBA)

City of Grand Rapids Economic Development

Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC)

SCORE Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW)

Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

West Michigan Chamber Coalition

Local First

West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

West Michigan Minority Contractors Association

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)

Michigan Business One Stop

eMerge West Michigan



The Grand Rapids Public Library provides free access to research databases. Databases are available at the Library or from home with Internet access and your Grand Rapids Public Library card.

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Business Decision

Business Insights: Global

Small Business Resource Center from Gale

All Databases

Area Business Publications's Michigan Loves Manufacturing

Business Outlook for West Michigan

West Michigan Business Review

Grand Rapids Business Journal

GVSU's Seidman Business Review

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