Want to create a business
you're proud of? Let's get started.
Step 1: From Idea to Reality
Start with a written business plan. It will be your own custom roadmap that shows you where you are in relation to where you want to be. Any bank, nonprofit, or public-sector financing and/or grants you hope to obtain will require a written business plan.
Develop a business plan
Connect with our local Michigan Small Business Development Center representative for free, hands-on business planning support.
Tap into free educational resources
Additional free and low-cost resources such as help obtaining market research, business workshops, and webinars can be found at www.michigansbdc.org
Step 2: Locating Your Business
All businesses, including those that are home-based and store fronts, should research the necessary zoning laws of the county and city where your business will be located. Never purchase or lease a building without first checking with the appropriate zoning department.
Check the zoning category of the property and get in touch with the appropriate zoning administrator.
Schoolcraft County Zoning Ordinance Administration
City of Manistique Zoning Ordinance Administration
Step 3: Licenses & Permits
To run your business legally, there may be certain state, county, and/or city licenses and permits you will need before getting your business up and running. The Michigan Small Business Development Center is always available to help you walk through these steps.
Decide on your legal structure & obtain yur employer ID
Determine if you are subject to any special licensing
Step 4: Financing & Incentives
Special incentives and programs may be available depending on your type of business, needs, and future plans. Support often starts with a call or meeting to discuss more details. Contact Alison Cook to get the conversation started at 906-450-0353 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connect with a local financial institution
Not able to qualify for a traditional business loan? Learn more at Northern Initiatives, a Community Development Financial Institution that may be able to help.
Tax Abatements, Grants & More
For Tax Abatements contact our City Manager, Sheila Aldrich at
906-450-2090 | email@example.com
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Step 5: Workforce Development
Our local Michigan Works! office offers a wide range of free services to help businesses recruit, hire, train, and retain employees. They even have programs available that help fund the wages of eligible employees if you quality!
Access their online Resource Center
Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! has resources available for employees, job seekers, and they value employers' need to succeed and are there to help grow your skills.
Bonus Steps & Resources
Start maximizing your business exposure while building relationships. Here are additional ways to get more involved in the community and start off on the right foot.
Many times new businesses focus on the first 5 steps of this checklist and forget to develop a marketing plan. One of the main reasons to create a marketing strategy is to help you connect with the right people and customers.
Create a Marketing Strategy
Make an outline of how you plan to share your products and/or services to the community and future customers.