MSU Accelerator Starts Fifth Summer Cohort With Five Tech Startups

EAST LANSING—The Michigan State University Foundation’s Conquer Accelerator announced the launch of its fifth season and summer 2020 cohort. The 10-week accelerator welcomes five selected teams to its East Lansing program: ARUtility, Lucypop, MenuBubble, PhenoLogic, and StarForged Studios. “It’s hard to believe that we’re already moving into our fifth year for Conquer Accelerator, but when

By |2020-06-06T15:31:52-04:00June 6th, 2020|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs|

How To Stay Competitive And Increase Your Sales During Pandemic

ANN ARBOR - Melih Oztalay, CEO of SmartFinds Marketing in Birmingham, Michigan, joined the team from M2 TechCast to discuss digital marketing during the time of the coronavirus pandemic. Melih is suggesting that cutting your digital marketing and advertising spend during the pandemic is not a good idea. “You want customers to know you will be there

Report: 60 Percent Of Washtenaw County Businesses Lost Half Their Revenue During COVID-19 Shutdown

ANN ARBOR – Sixty percent of Washtenaw County businesses said they lost more than 50 percent of their expected revenue since February, according to a report released by EntryPoint. The nonprofit research group surveyed more than 400 Washtenaw County businesses about the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the local economy. The survey found that 60 percent of

By |2020-05-30T13:39:18-04:00May 26th, 2020|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs, Featured|

Michigan Entrepreneur Resilience Fund’s Focus On Helping Women Business Owners

LANSING - The Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Michigan Women Forward announced last week they have created a $1.5 million fund to help certain small businesses recover from COVID-19. The Michigan Entrepreneur Resilience Fund will provide recovery grants of $1,000-$5,000 and microloans of $5,000-$10,000 that can be used to support small businesses management of expenses

By |2020-05-23T15:23:13-04:00May 18th, 2020|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs|

Report: 77 Percent Of Small Businesses In Michigan Successfully Submit PPE, EIDL Loans

LANSING – Seventy-seven percent of small businesses have successfully submitted an application for the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan programs, a recent survey reports. Key Findings of today’s survey include: The majority of small businesses have applied for a PPP loan.       About 84 percent of applications were submitted before April 17,

By |2020-05-17T13:54:18-04:00May 17th, 2020|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs|

Cityside Ventures Launches COVID-19-Impacted Business Consulting Service

BIRMINGHAM – Angel investors Doron York and David Weaver, known lately as the co-founders of Cityside Ventures, have come up with a new way to help small businesses survive the COVID-19 depression that some experts say could bankrupt half of them by the end of 2020, if not sooner. Enter eiconica Advisors, billed as the

By |2020-05-20T11:55:51-04:00May 15th, 2020|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs, Featured|

2,700 Michigan Small Businesses Get State Relief Grants

LANSING—More than 2,700 small businesses around Michigan have been awarded a total of $10 million in grants by local economic development organizations through the Michigan Small Business Relief Program, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. announced. The grants under the Michigan Small Business Relief Program are intended to support businesses facing drastic reductions in cash flow

By |2020-05-08T11:55:19-04:00May 8th, 2020|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs, Politics, Politics/Government|

Quicken Loans Provides $25K To Launch Rebrand Cities Digital Accelerator

DETROIT - The Quicken Loans Community Fund has partnered with the City of Detroit and Rebrand Cities to provide a digital accelerator to 100 Detroit small businesses. The four-week virtual course will provide all the resources and instruction necessary for small businesses to build out a functioning website with an e-commerce shop that they will

By |2020-05-05T16:06:48-04:00May 5th, 2020|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs, Featured|

TechTown Doubles Small Business Impact With Latest Funding Round 

DETROIT - The TechTown Stabilization Fund closed with 347 grantees receiving a total of  $575,000 in funding – adding to the 350 small businesses previously funded by TechTown’s Detroit Small Business Stabilization Fund. Together, the two funds funneled approximately $1.2 million into local small businesses in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The New Economy

By |2020-05-05T16:06:49-04:00May 5th, 2020|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs, Featured|

Business Accelerator Fund Services Expanded To Support Startups Battling COVID-19

LANSING – The MSF Board has approved modifications in the Business Accelerator Fund (BAF) which provides grants to 16 Smart Zone business accelerators to help high tech companies commercialize technology and grow.  These modifications will help the Smart Zone accelerators better support their clients that are now struggling due to drastic economic decline due to

By |2020-04-10T13:10:51-04:00April 7th, 2020|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs, News|