Resources for Business, Entrepreneurs and Non-profit Organizations

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Muskegon County Economic Development

Muskegon County is a fast growing lakeshore community in Western Michigan. Muskegon has long been a center of industrial development with major manufacturers in aerospace, automotive, office furniture, defense, and related industries calling the area home. This outstanding industrial base has been an engine for economic growth and is creating opportunities in emerging industries like energy technology and life sciences.

Contact: Jonathan Wilson, Economic Development Coordinator

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West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum is a regional network of business, government, non-profits and academia dedicated to promoting business practices that demonstrate environmental stewardship, economic vitality, and social responsibility.

Founded in 1994 under a fiduciary arrangement, the forum became an independent 501c3 non‐profit in 2009. It is today the leading membership organization for practitioners of beyond‐compliance sustainability practices in the state and an active facilitator of participatory community sustainability initiatives, promoting positive change and operational improvements through education and collaboration.

Visit wmsbf.org

 

Interested in doing business with the County?  Explore our vendor registration process.

 

Looking for Technical Assistance?

Retired Engineer Technical Assistance Program (RETAP)professionals are available through the Retired Engineer Technical Assistance Program (RETAP) program to assist businesses and institutions in Michigan with pollution prevention (P2) and energy efficiency. Businesses of 500 employees or fewer in the state and institutions of any size are eligible for RETAP services, free of charge.

The Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Center represents 94 PTACs dedicated to assisting businesses seeking to compete successfully in federal, state and local government contracting.  Learn about the PTACs and connect to a Center near you to get the help you need.

Employer’s Association of West Michigan provides comprehensive information for employers to effectively manage their human talent, keep pace with changing complexities and implement best practices through publications, survey data, training and development, professional group forums and the on-going assistance from professional staff.

Looking for an intern?

Internships are a viable strategy for increasing and maintaining intellectual capital in our region, thus contributing to its sustainability.  They benefit employers, students as well as institutions of higher education.  Check out Hello West Michigan's internship webpage to pursue an internship program for your organization.  You may also want to establish relationships with local Colleges and Universities to maximize your internship program.

Interested in building performance and energy management/optimization?

Check out www.energystar.gov to explore their Portfolio Manager.   This interactive energy management tool that allows you to track and assess energy and water consumption across your entire portfolio of buildings in a secure online environment. Whether you own, manage, or hold properties for investment, the Portfolio Manager can help you set investment priorities, identify under-performing buildings, verify efficiency improvements, and receive EPA recognition for superior energy performance.

Need help with a business plan or product development?

SCORE:  SCORE offers free and confidential business advice through online and face-to-face mentoring.  Click here to find a SCORE office near you.

The Starting Block is West Michigan's Non-Profit Regional Kitchen Incubator and Entrepreneurial Center with a commercial kitchen facility available to: producers and packagers of specialty and gourmet food, caterers, churches, school groups and civic organizations.

 

Interested in doing business with the County?  Explore our vendor registration process.