Bravo! Arts Academy (pictured) in Marshall, MI received a Restart grant
428 Small Businesses, Nonprofits Receive Restart Grants
In collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and regional partners, Lakeshore Advantage awarded $3.325 million to 428 small businesses and nonprofits in Allegan and Ottawa counties through the Michigan Small Business Restart grant program. Sixty-eight percent of small business grantees were women, minority or veteran-owned businesses. Read more
Director of Entrepreneurship Elected to National Board
Amanda Chocko, Director of Entrepreneurship at Lakeshore Advantage, has been elected to the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA) Board of Directors for a three-year term. The InBIA is a global non-profit with over 1,200 members that leads entrepreneurship support organizations in 30 countries. Read more
The Lakeshore Advantage team serves primary employers in Allegan and Ottawa counties. Primary employers are businesses that contribute to our region's Gross Domestic Product. Our team has tripled our efforts helping small businesses navigate through the first 100 days of the pandemic and onto recovery. A few role shifts to serve primary employers better:
Amanda Murray, Vice President of Business Solutions, is leading on business attraction and expansion as well as commercial/industrial real estate relationships.
Greg King, Business Solutions Manager, is leading on all employer retention efforts.
Mandy Cooper is the Director of Strategic Initiatives, and is meeting with local units of government officials and strategic partners to support business growth
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Small businesses in rural communities (defined as 50,000 residents or fewer) are encouraged to apply for the Rural Relief Small Business Grant program funded by Lowe's through the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC). Applications are open through October 5. Learn more and apply
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