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Small Business Resources in Your Community
Today’s economic climate for small businesses is by no means an easy one. Credit lines and bank loans have all but dried up as the recession continues to take its toll on existing businesses that are struggling to stay afloat. Financing a business start-up has become a difficult prospect these days, making crucial the decisions you make about the future of your business or that concept that you’d like to see developed. But if you’ve resolved to fashion yourself as an entrepreneur in 2010, be sure to gather the facts, opinions, and realistic assessments from those whose mission it is to provide educational support, mentoring and counsel to the small business community. In Kalamazoo County, small businesses can work with non-profit organizations like SCORE and the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center to strengthen their existing enterprises, while those who are seeking information about starting a business may attend free or low cost workshops that cover the business planning basics. And don’t forget to do your research here at the library by accessing our Small Business Collection, comprised of books, periodicals, reference materials, and databases. Here are some helpful links:
SCORE Kalamazoo Chapter
Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center
Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce
Michigan Business One Stop