Helping small businesses grow.

Work on your business, not just in your business.

The South Haven Region Business Hub’s Growth Series is designed for organizations at least 3 years old who want to grow. The process starts with technology called the Growth Wheel that identifies gaps and sets up a customized milestone-based plan for the organization to follow.

Along with one-on-one individual mentoring during the 14 weeks participants will attend in-person workshops focusing on additional processes for consistency and growth not identified through the Growth Wheel.

Program and Eligibility

Qualifications for Participants

  • Minimum 3 years in Business
  • $100,000 in Sales
  • At least one full-time employee
  • Business Owner in Van Buren County, M

Outcomes of the Growth Series

  • A written Strategic Plan with implementable steps to grow to the next level.
  • Financial documents (business, financial, marketing) that are lender ready.
  • A website and strategic marketing tactics.
  • A mentor to guide you throughout the growth series.
  • Access to multiple small business resources.

After attending the Growth Series, you will gain more knowledge about the following:

  • Understand your customers—pinpoint what your customer wants and how to adapt to their needs.
  • Business solutions in starting small—test your solution by starting small and adjusting as needed.
  • Getting, keeping, and growing customers—build relationships through messaging and marketing.
  • Revenue, pricing, and distribution—figure out your logistics and how you’ll make money.
  • Legal and accounting—understand the systems and structures you’ll need to support your business.
  • Finance modeling—determine your costs and whether your business model is financially viable.
  • Funding and raising capital—know your options for finding the funds you need to grow sustainably.
  • Growth plan and goal-setting—gain momentum and leave with a strategy for achieving your goals.
  • Celebrate—Reflect on your journey and celebrate your success. Your future starts now!

All South Haven Region Business Hub programs or co-sponsored events are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Arrangements for persons with disabilities are made when requested two weeks in advance.

Thank you so much for the help. This wouldn’t have been possible without you. Am very grateful for your help and support and all the encouragement and positive vibes. God bless you!

—Isa Clark

I appreciate all that you do to support small businesses in the region. You are knocking it out of the park!

—Sonja A. Dean, Senior Program Officer, LISC

Thank you so much for your help and direction! Thank you so much for always being here for me to help, motivate, direct, and encourage me. Underground Hu$tle would really be nonexistent if it weren’t for you!  Thank you so much for being you and everything you continue to do.

—Jäquil Short

We look forward to seeing more programing and resources from the South Haven Region Business Hub.

—Josh Musinski, Water and Wheat, Vegan Chef Crafted Creations

WE GOT APPROVED FOR OUR NEW RESTAURANT!!! I can’t thank you enough for your guidance, mentorship, expertise, and motivation. We greatly appreciate your efforts towards the growth of Fruit Street Kitchen!

—Mo’Nique Crowley, Fruit Street Kitchen

Thank you for all your help as always I can’t sing your praises enough.

—Brent Wedding, Business Banking Relationship Manager, PNC Bank

I do appreciate your help with all my heart and am not particularly sure how to express the gratitude that dwells in my heart right now. Thank you and may you be blessed always!

—Isa Clark, Clark Special Kitchen

Can't thank you enough for being at my presentation this morning. I'm so thankful for absolutely everything you have done for me and The Donut Cart thus far. Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you!

—Amber Gille, Realtor, The Donut Cart

Thank you so much; I knew when I met you, you were like an angel. I appreciate you so much and I won’t let you down. Your hard work in what you are doing in the community is appreciated.

—Jamie Bigby, Entrepreneur

I just wanted to say thank you for sharing so much information. I look forward to being able to be involved in this great networking experience. I really will call on your assistance for help with this Business Plan.

—Joanna Partee, Silver Fox Assistant, LLC

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