The Bright Side: Small Business

Designed for entrepreneurs, this episode covers starting a business, business incubators, locavesting, lending, patenting, DDA resources and the Microenterprise Network of Michigan.
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1-introBusiness Intro[watch now]Additional details on some of the videos in this episode. 2-startStarting a Business[watch now]Tips and tricks for starting a business in Michigan presented by the I-69 Trade Corridor Region SBDC.

Full recording of the Starting a Business class.

3-incubakeIncu-BaKe, Holt

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Incu-BaKe is a food business incubator with a commercial kitchen and a storefront with many Michigan-made foods.

4-investLocal Investing, Ypsilanti

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Angela Barbash, founder of Reconsider, discusses how to use Michigan’s MILE Act to invest in local businesses or fund a startup through investment-based crowdfunding.

5-loanMicro and Business Loans, Flint

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When a small business in Flint or Genesee County does not qualify for traditional lending, that is where Metro Community Development steps in.


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Reid DeManche, a patent attorney with Quinn Law Group, explains the basics of patenting and the time and costs of each step of obtaining a patent. Inventor resources are online at USPTO.

FULL VIDEO coming soon

7-mnmMNM Resource Directory

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How to use the MNM resource directory to find business resources in Michigan.

8-blissfieldBlissfield DDA, Blissfield

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Michigan downtown development authorities have resources to help businesses locate downtown. Visit downtown Blissfield for an example.

9-nowNow or Never

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Closing remarks on business in Michigan and when it’s time to dive in.