Entrepreneur How To: Get Connected With Entrepreneurial & Funding Resources in Michigan

By MVCA Executive Director Maureen Miller Brosnan

One of the greatest challenges facing entrepreneurs when launching a business is finding capital. Funding is often the most critical resource needed to fuel a company’s growth, but many don’t know where to start or how to connect with different sources of financing or entrepreneurial support organizations available in their community. One of the primary goals of Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA), the trade association for the venture capital and angel community in Michigan, is to foster a collaborative entrepreneurial and investment community. With this initiative in mind, we outlined investment and entrepreneurial resources for entrepreneurs who are launching their businesses in Michigan.

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State of MI Renews Lean Green Belt Contract with Mac-OU INC for 2014

The State of Michigan has renewed its Lean Diversification Green Belt certificate program contract with the Macomb-OU INCubator for the 2014 calendar year. Endorsed by the Michigan Lean Consortium, the program is intended for business managers looking to develop excellence, nurture innovation, efficiently allocate resources and eliminate waste.

As an initiative of the State of Michigan’s Good Government Leadership Team, chaired by Lt. Governor Brian Calley, more than 50 State employees in 2013 were trained in Lean through the Macomb-OU INCubator’s Green Belt program. The goal for the employees is to bring Lean principles to their respective departments for immediate implementation.

“In Michigan, we recognize that our most valuable resource is our people. The public and private sectors are working together in unprecedented ways to reinvent our government,” Calley said. “Our vision is to establish the State of Michigan as a highly functioning organization that provides world-class service and enables prosperity for Michigan’s citizens and businesses.”

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