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Michigan State University--and it's entrepreneurial ecosystem--provide a wide variety of support for businesses, from start ups to international enterprise.

The Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Eli Broad College of Business

The Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation provides support for startups with an emphasis on technological innovations having marketplace potential and works to increase employment opportunities and employee retention in Michigan by helping established companies and organizations renew their “entrepreneurial spirit” and become more globally competitive through strategic transformation. 

Product Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR)

The MSU Product Center can help you develop and commercialize high value, consumer-responsive products and businesses in the food, agriculture, natural resources and bio-economy sectors. Whether you are a budding entrepreneur or an established company, the Center is your key to the front door of MSU's vast and varied technical expertise, research, outreach, and educational services.

The Center connects you to university resources through the ANR Innovation Counselor's Network. ANR Counselors are professionals from MSU and partnering organizations who are positioned around Michigan as your initial Center contact. They are educated to assess the developmental phase of your business/product, identify markets, innovate new products, help you make critical go, no-go decisions, and guide you from start-up to market.

MSU College of Law Small Business and Nonprofit Clinic

The Small Business & Nonprofit Law Clinic, a public interest law clinic, provides an important community service to start-up and existing small businesses and nonprofit organizations. We serve clients not only in the Greater Lansing Area—Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties—but throughout Michigan. We simultaneously provide a clinical education program for MSU College of Law students, extending learning beyond the classroom and into actual practice in the community.

Also see "Connecting to Students" section: Class Projects, Student Consulting.

Business School - International Business Center

Michigan Export Growth Program

The Michigan Export Growth Program is providing professional consulting services at no cost to Greater Lansing area companies to expand their product lines or other business expansion to international markets. Companies are matched with student teams led by the center’s staff and faculty who have expertise in a particular trade or industry. A basic form is available on the Web for companies to provide relevant background information such as any previous or current international experience the company has or what type of research assistance would be helpful.

Regional Business Assistance

Lansing Area Economic Partnership (LEAP)

Leap, Inc., offers a range of services designed to give businesses the tools they need to compete in today's global economy.  All of them can be customized to fit your company's unique needs.

Small Business Technology and Development Center (SBDC) (Region 8)

The Michigan Small Business & Technology Development CenterTM network provides a full range of services for a variety of small businesses that are emerging and growing throughout Michigan -- new venture companies, existing small businesses, expanding businesses, new technology companies, and innovators. The MI-SBTDC is becoming known throughout Michigan for its quality counsel, training and market research capabilities. All services are available at low or no cost because of the financial support of the Small Business Administration and local partners in each region.

SPARK (Ann Arbor)

SPARK's mission is to advance the economic development of innovation-based businesses in the Ann Arbor region by offering programs, resources, and proactive support to business at every stage, from start-ups to large organizations looking for expansion opportunities.

Lakeshore Advantage

Lakeshore Advantage is your resource for economic development services in the Holland, Zeeland and Saugatuck areas of West Michigan. We can assist in launching your business, expanding your business, and relocating your business.

The BioBusiness Accelerator, a Lakeshore Advantage initiative, began operating from offices at the MSU Bioeconomy Institute in late 2009 and is actively recruiting small bioeconomy-related businesses to lease space within the building. Under contract with MSU, the BioBusiness Accelerator will also administer the business development and incubation function that is part of MSU’s overall strategy for maximizing the utilization and impact of the Institute’s activities on Michigan’s emerging bioeconomy.

The Starting Block

The Starting Block is West Michigan’s non-profit regional kitchen incubator and entrepreneurial center located in Hart, Oceana County. It is a place for small business owners to learn more about the technical aspects of food production and receive assistance in Product development, Ingredient sourcing, Packaging and labeling and more.