Small Business Resources

 

Grants

For over a decade, Glen Oaks has been involved with grants that provide funding to area businesses for training. Please contact Paul Aivars, Director of Business Outreach and Services, at 269-294-4276 or via our Contact Form if you are interested in learning more about grants.

Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center™

The MI-SBTDC Region 11 Southwest Michigan, located at Western Michigan University Haworth College of Business, is one of twelve MI-SBTDC statewide offices providing counseling, training and secondary research services to new and existing small business owners.

Free Business Counseling – SCORE

Get “real world” advice from a SCORE business counselor. SCORE is available to Three Rivers and Sturgis area businesses for FREE “one-on-one” business counseling at the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce or Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce offices. Appointments are required.

Call the Three Rivers Area Chamber office at (269) 278-8193 for appointments the first and third Wednesday of every month.

Call the Sturgis Area Chamber office at (269) 651-5758 for appointments the first and third Thursday of every month.

Visit www.score.org to find out more about this valuable business resource.

Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce is to create a favorable community environment for business and industrial opportunity, enhancing the quality of life in the Three Rivers area. Your Chamber works for you by developing local industry, providing a forum for important issues and community growth, coordinating special events, drawing people together, providing business information, promoting the area, providing information, promoting tourism, leading a state & national voice, enhancing business & promoting education.

http://www.trchamber.com/

Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce

The Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce is the voice of the business and community and is composed of people who share the common goal of ensuring that Sturgis is a good place in which to live and do business. The strength of our organization lies in our membership, from which ideas, energy and finances can be drawn — which, in turn, benefits other members and community.

http://www.sturgischamber.com/

St. Joseph County Economic Development Corporation

The vision of the St. Joseph County Economic Development Corporation is to provide the place of choice for new and existing businesses. We especially encourage businesses that share a forward thinking and flexible approach to managing economic growth and change. Our vision also includes maintaining the homegrown values and individual identity, which make St. Joseph County both a great place to live and work.

http://www.sjcedc.com/

Entrepreneur Resources

Glen Oaks is continually seeking opportunities to provide training and services to local entrepreneurs. In addition, out president has initiated initiatives to integrate entrepreneurism into a variety of academic courses offered at the college. Be looking for more in the area of entrepreneurism from the college as a whole.

The Center for Online Education

The Center for Online Education is a collection of online educators and experts committed to providing informed, research-based guides for students pursuing college degrees online. Formerly OnlineColleges.net, the Center for Online Education was created to reflect the extensive team behind the resources, rankings and original research on the site.

In an effort to connect Glen Oaks students with the most up-to-date information in the business field, we’ve published a Guide to Online Business Degrees that covers the most requested topics by students:

  • What level of degree do I need to be successful?
  • What jobs are available with a business degree?
  • How do I find the best program for my budget and time?

 
http://www.onlinecolleges.net/degrees/business-management/

ConsumerAffairs

So many entrepreneurs are in need of a loan to bring their business vision alive. ConsumerAffairs has worked hard to put together a comprehensive overview of business loans, that features user/expert reviews.

Here is a quick snapshot of what the guide covers:

  • A range of business loans profiles for consumers to compare
  • Which features matter most in a loan
  • Which companies actually meet entrepreneurs needs

The reviews in this guide are not commissioned by companies and provide unbiased and verified consumers.

You can access the guide here: https://www.consumeraffairs.com/business-loans-and-financing/