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Monroe County Business Development Corporation (BDC) - is a non-profit organization that’s purpose is to assist in business attraction and the retention and expansion of existing businesses. The BDC can assist businesses with property searches; act as an ombudsperson, and assists manufacturing companies securing local and state incentives for their projects. The BDC also operates through the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Centers (MISBTDC), to provide business consulting, research and training to new and existing small businesses in Monroe County. 

Monroe County Clerk The county clerk’s office maintains records for the County of Monroe. As part of that responsibility they maintain a listing of all business registered with their office. If you would like to register your business name you can click here. 

Monroe County Chamber of Commerce: This business membership organization focuses on providing value for its members, enhancing the business climate in the Monroe County area and advocating for public policy that supports economic growth and vitality. They provide their members with countless networking opportunities, they fight to protect the interest of business in Lansing and Washington D.C. and they help business join together to form a better community. 

Main Street Program  Thinking of a business in downtown Monroe. The Monroe Downtown Development Authority has a variety of programs to assists new businesses.  

Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) - offers one-stop business assistance. Our business development managers work with consultants, utilities, associations and local economic development agencies to best match businesses' needs with Michigan's opportunities.   

Michigan Minority Business Development Center (MMBDC) - The mission of the MMBDC is to provide meaningful access to its corporate members to enhance procurement opportunities. MMBDV is a privately funded, non-profit, corporate services organization. It is comprised of major corporations and public entities in education, industry, finance, professional services, construction, consumer products and health care organizations. Through certificationof minority-owned businesses, MMBDC assures the corporate buyer that a business is truly minority-owned, operated and controlled. 

The Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) of Michigan-  The PTAC’s of Michigan’s highly skilled professionals assist Michigan businesses in acquiring federal, state and local government contracts. The local PTAC office is housed in Southgate at the Downriver Community Conference.    

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) - "Counselors to America's Small Business" is the premier, no-cost, business counseling and advice service found in the United States. For more than 40 years, SCORE retired professionals have volunteered to help new generations of business owners and managers take their business further – and make their dreams come true – when starting or growing their business.   

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) – The SBA is an independent agency of the federal government. It is best known for its guaranteed loan programs. The SBA also provides a wide variety of other assistance to small businesses, including government contracting, training, management counseling, minority enterprise development, international trade and more. Most of these programs are delivered through partnership with other organizations.   

Government GrantsThe Federal Government maintains a web site called www.grants.gov and it is your source to find and apply for federal grants. 

Opportunity Resource Fund (fomerly known as Michigan Interfaith Loan Fund) - The Opportunity Resource Fund offers low interest loans to small businesses in the state of Michigan to promote community economic development. These businesses generally do not qualify for conventional bank loans. Some examples include: day care center, florist, restaurant, deli, coffee shop, cyber cafe, lawn service, clothing design/manufacturing business, etc.  

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) has replaced the U.S. Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system. NAICS will reshape the way we view our changing economy.

James R. Hill Reference Library   an online library offering the information on starting and growing a business.

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