Helping you Grow Your Business!
Please consider your business's current stage of development:
STAGE ONE First Time/ Start Up Business
Are you launching your first business? The early stages of development can determine your profitability for years to come. It is important that you work closely with a start-up mentor organization to increase your chances of success.
STAGE TWO New Business (1-5 years)
Depending on the type of business, the 'New Business' phase could last anywhere from one to five years. Now that you're up and running you may be looking to secure additional resources or a network of professionals to support further growth. If the organizations in this guide don't have what you're looking for, they will work to connect you to further support.
STAGE THREE Mature Business (5+ years)
Even the most experienced entrepreneurs must periodically take a fresh look at their business plan and operations and make significant changes to meet the needs of the ever-changing market. There are local organizations in this guide that are ready and willing to bring a fresh perspective.
Any of the organizational resources listed below will spend time with you to identify the resources you need. The success of your venture is vitally important to our community and our region's future.
Is your business 'healthy'?
It is important to determine how healthy the development of your business is. Take this one page questionnaire to see if you're on the right track. Click here for the Business Fitness Check Up.
Economic Development Partners
Bob Herbst,Chairman,Brighton DDA
Brighton's DDA, comprised of community leaders, is dedicated to providing a vibrant business district featuring successful businesses, adequate parking, and a family-friendly atmosphere for merchants, area residents and visitors to the DDA region. The Authority is further dedicated to to ensuring that both the businesses and the customers who shop in the DDA district have a safe and pleasant experience during their time spent in the DDA area. The DDA actively embarks on projects to enhance the area for existing businesses and to atttrract new businesses. To contact the DDA, please call 810-227-1911.
Charlie Penner,Regional DirectorMI-SBDC
The MI-SBDC offers assistance, one-on-one counseling and advocacy for new ventures, existing small businesses, and innovative technology for companies. Valuable information is shared on business plan development, raising capital, marketing plans, financing and loan package development, export strategy and technology commercialization. Counselors will meet you at the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce, their offices in Washtenaw County, or at a location of your choice. For more information please call 734-477-8762.
Ann Arbor SCORE
SCORE is a national non-profit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation of growth and success of the nations small businesses. SCORE volunteers are real-world professionals with knowledge who donate thousands of hours to help small businesses succeed. SCORE mentors will be available for counseling by appointment. To make an appointment with SCORE, contact our office at 810-227-5086.
Scott Griffith,Chairman,EDC of Liv. CtyPhil Santer,Vice Presidentof Business Development,Ann Arbor SPARK
Livingston County's EDC is a non-profit agency dedicated to creating economic opportunities in harmony with the high quality of life and unique charachteristics of Livingston County. The EDC is a one-stop resource for companies seeking to grow or locate in Livingston County. Services range from employee attraction, retention and training, employee transportation and housing, industrial site location assistance, and financial incentives, such as tax abatements. The Economic Development Council of Livingston County has contracted with Ann Arbor SPARK for Economic Development Services in Livingston County.
Barbara Barden,Executive DirectorLCCVB
The mission of the LCCVB is the marketing and promotion of Livingsotn County as a destination for leisure travelers or visitors, motor coach tours, meetings and conventions. The LCCVB is the official authority for visitor information regarding area attractions, shopping, recreation, events, arts, culture and accommodations. Tourism is a primary economic development engine that benefits nearly every community in the nation. The LCCVB is dedicated to its partnership with the Chamber, and is designed to nurture the growth of this vital industry and positively impact Chamber members and the community.
Gary Marley,Regional Acct.Manager,MMTC
MMTC assists Michigan’s small and medium sized businesses compete and grow. Through personalized services fitted to meet the needs of clients, they develop effective business leaders, drive product and process innovation, promote company-wide operational excellence and foster creative strategies for business growth and greater profitability. The MMTC is supported by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Special discounts are offered to Greater Brighton Area Chamber members, including ISO certification. For more information please go to www.mmtc.org.