Helping small businesses grow.

Resources

We can help you find everything you need to get your business up and running in Van Buren County.

Use the buttons below to identify organizations that can help you start, plan, grow, or fund your business plus more connections for conducting research or finding a mentor.

1 Million Cups

A monthly event that brings entrepreneurs and the Kalamazoo community together over coffee and conversations.

Black Wall Street Benton Harbor

Increase awareness and visibility of Black business within our community through social, marketing, and educational experiences.

Business Model Canvas

The Business Model Canvas is a strategic management and small business startup tool for describing a company’s products, value proposition, infrastructure, customers, and finances.

City of South Haven

We work towards promoting tourism and attracting visitors from all over the world.

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW)

GROW is a service focused on current and aspiring business owners at various stages of business ownership.

Hello Alice!

Browse and apply for a wide variety of small business grant opportunities.

Kinexus

Kinexus Group is a family of organizations that are committed to inspiring positive economic change one person, one business, one community at a time.

Lake Michigan College South Haven Location

Opened in the fall of 2003, Lake Michigan College at South Haven serves more than 600 students from Van Buren, Allegan, and Ottawa counties each semester.

Manufacturing Growth Alliance

Serving small and medium sized manufacturers across Michigan. Our team has membership options to serve and meet every manufacturer where they are.

Market Van Buren

We connect people, investments, and organizations with strategies and services that improve the quality of life and economic conditions in our region, specifically in our two-county service area.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Compiling information and resources for small businesses, major employers, entrepreneurs and others.

Michigan Electronic Library

Providing all Michigan residents with free access to online full-text articles, full-text books, digital images, and other valuable research information.

Michigan SBA

Our office provides help with SBA services including funding programs, counseling, federal contracting certifications, and disaster recovery.

Michigan Small Business Development Center

The Michigan Small Business Development Center offers expert assistance at no cost to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow a business.

Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems

Engaging the people of Michigan, the United States and the world in developing regionally integrated, sustainable food systems.

Michigan Women Forward

We are devoted to the economic and personal well-being of Michigan women and girls.

Michigan Works! Southwest

Creating meaningful transformation in the people, businesses and communities we serve by connecting job seekers, employers, training partners and educators.

Northern Initiatives

We provide business loans ranging from $1,000 to $500,000, including loans guaranteed by the Small Business Association.

SBDC Self-Guided Comeback Kit

The Michigan SBDC launched a self-guided starting point for business owners looking to determine whether to continue with their business or close.

SCORE Kalamazoo and Southwest Michigan

Starting and growing a small business can be challenging, but you don’t have to go it alone.

Senior Services of Van Buren County

Senior Services of Van Buren County provides services, opportunities and caring support for seniors to enhance their quality of life.

SHRBH Resources

A complete set of documents that describe the mission and values of SHRBH—in addition to strategic management and small business startup tools for describing a company’s products, value proposition, i

South Haven Area Chamber of Commerce

Our vison is to promote collaborative efforts among businesses, government, and other support organizations.

South Haven/Van Buren County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Our team is made up of individuals with a wide range of skills and expertise, from marketing and event planning to hospitality and customer service.

State of MI Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Professional Licensing

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) is composed of the following agencies, bureaus and commissions that promote business growth and job creation.

SW Michigan PTAC

Enhancing national defense and economic development in the State of Michigan by assisting Michigan businesses.

United Way – Benton Harbor/St Joe

Our mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities to advance the common good.

WMed Innovation Center

The WMed Innovation Center is the place to start and grow life science, technology, or engineering ventures.

WMU Business Connection

Dedicated to strategically match WMU’s resources to the needs of the local business community.

Women’s Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance

At the Women’s Business Center (WBC), we are helping women, people of color, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals start and grow businesses in Southwest Michigan.