No Cost One-on-One Counseling

Counseling is available at no cost to individuals who want to improve, revitalize or expand their companies, or develop a new venture. To obtain counseling assistance, please complete the Counseling Application on the MI-SBDC State Headquarters website.

Or contact your nearest regional office for information, which can be located under “Contact Us” at To contact the I-69 Trade Corridor offices serving Genesee, Lapeer, Shiawassee, St. Clair, Sanilac, Tuscola, and Huron counties, call 810.762.9660.

Consultants include experienced and established professionals who share their knowledge regarding business development. Examples of assistance offered:

  • Business planning and development 
  • Market research and development 
  • Business challenges resolution 
  • Employee relations 
  • Access to financing 
  • Marketing strategies 
  • Financial analysis



Low-cost and no-cost training sessions are available through MI-SBDC that cover a broad range of topics from starting a business, securing financing, writing a business and marketing plans, financial management, to exporting and tax issues. Seminars, workshops and programs are offered throughout the year and throughout the state. A complete list of training descriptions, including dates and online registration, is available at .

Market Research

As part of the MI-SBDC network and through the Seidman College of Business Information Services at Grand Valley State University, SBDC counselors can access essential data on a wide range of topics including market research that can be useful for developing a new company and/or for an existing firm to gain a competitive edge.  

Technology Commercialization

The Michigan Small Business Development Center Tech Team is a state funded initiative that enables entrepreneurs to bridge the gap between technology development and commercialization.  Our statewide team consists of ten consultants with proven track records of technology commercialization.