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Resources for Starting a Small Business

Conveniently located minutes from Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, Plainwell offers unique local shops and events, restaurants and hotels, and two nationally-recognized historic districts that can be enjoyed by walking our river walk along the Kalamazoo River and Mill Race. Many find Plainwell to not only be an ideal place to live and raise a family, but to relocate, expand, or start their businesses.

The City of Plainwell’s Economic Development Department works with a variety of partners and economic development practitioners at the local, State, and Federal level. Use the resources provided to grow, relocate, or start your business here in the City of Plainwell

Start a Business: The decision to start a business is a significant one that is quickly followed by equally significant questions: What type of business? What business structure is advantageous to my venture? What makes an effective business plan? Where will the financing come from?  What licenses, permits and registrations are required by the City of Plainwell government?

The resources below can help you take the next step toward business ownership. It walks you through the process – from deciding your company’s legal structure, to developing a business and marketing plan, to registering your business in Kalamazoo.

Useful Resources

MichiganWorks! – 269-686-5079
Provide work force training and employer counseling related to state training programs and funding opportunities

Allegan County Clerk’s Office – 269-673-0450
Provide business license services throughout the County of Allegan

Small Business Development Center, Region 11 – 616-331-7486
Provide business development services throughout the County of Allegan

Michigan Economic Development Corporation – 517-241-2157
Provide State of Michigan contacts, tax credit and grant information to manufactures and other larger businesses

MSU Cooperative Extension Allegan County – 269-673-0370
Provide business educational services, especially related to agriculture in Allegan County

SW Technical Assistance Center – 269-381-0430
Provide access to federal, state and local government procurement services in the region

Allegan County Senior/Veterans Services – 269-673-0501
Provide veteran service information for business start-up and employment in Allegan County

Michigan Economic Development Corporation – 517-242-5480
Provide State of Michigan contacts, tax credits and grant information for businesses, specifically for downtowns and smaller businesses.

Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center – 616-771-0557
Provide business services to small to mid-size manufactures, including performance benchmarking, lean enterprise, market diversification and other assessment services

M-TEC – 269-926-4086
Customized Training through Community and Business Services. We can develop a training program tailored to the needs of your business and deliver the latest in workforce training taught by industry-recognized professionals