Tuesdays, beginning September 21 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. ET
First Path leads entrepreneurs down an investigatory path to discover in which direction they should take their idea. This nine-week course is designed to help problem solvers decide which direction to take with their idea. The virtual course content provides insight into the “who, why and how” upon which participants will build the foundation of their organizations. In addition to the coursework, participants meet virtually each week as a group.
The deadline for applications is September 1 and all applicants will participate in an interview to make sure the program is a fit.
Now is the time to shift the hard work and energy put into handling continuous change and recalibrate to enjoy the journey of establishing your work-life balance for years to come. We will discuss how establishing a realistic work-life balance will positively impact your organization, your team and yourself. We will look at ways to structure your day, managerial techniques to keep your team feeling balanced and tools to help you become less stressed and more energetic in your work.
Everyone knows it takes a village to raise a child. But, entrepreneurs know it takes a community to build a business!
While the pandemic challenged everyone, it also provided new opportunities for businesses to adapt and different ways for consumers to support them. From the return of QR codes to the innovation of outdoor public spaces, not- and for-profit organizations in the region strengthened their existing partnerships with the shared mission to keep businesses in operation.
Medical Entrepreneurship Speaker Series Presents Dr. James McKim
July 9, 2021
Wednesday, August 18, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Dr. James McKim is a WMed Research Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, and founder and CEO of IONTOX. The 3rd WMed Medical Entrepreneur Speaker Series will focus on the WMed Innovation Center entrepreneurs who are also WMed faculty members. The purpose of the series is to help doctors, students, researchers, and entrepreneurs more deeply understand the multi-faceted nature of innovation and commercialization in healthcare. Although business and entrepreneurship are a significant part of this series, it is also about how healthcare products and services are brought to the market to improve patients’ lives.
GrowthWheel Workshop Series: Get on Top of the Legal Requirements to Your Business
July 9, 2021
Thursday, August 12, 10 a.m.Noon
This workshop is about defining required legal documents, selecting a legal structure for the company, renegotiating contracts, and ensuring corporate compliance with laws and regulations, as well as the company’s intellectual property.
Many families in Michigan may be eligible to enroll in the Emergency Broadband Benefit program, a Federal Communications Commission initiative that launched on May 12, 2021, to help make high-speed internet more affordable. Click the link below or call (833) 511-0311 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. to learn more about whether you qualify for this program and how to enroll.
The Black Entrepreneur Business Academy is searching for mentors for their inaugural cohort. Currently, there are 10 individuals who are participating in the program. Our goal is to match the cohort members with mentors who can help hold them accountable to what they have learned in the program and provide support. The program is designed for Black entrepreneurs to assist in getting representation and access. Therefore, we are looking to find Black/African- American and or individuals who identify as people of color to be mentors for representation purposes.
The sessions are broken down into a one-hour instructional video, available to begin viewing on Saturday each week, and a one-hour hands-on live worship on Thursdays each week, anticipated to be at 7:00 pm EST. Upon successful graduation, each participant will have a chance to pitch for up to $5,500 in capital.
Mentorship will begin mid may with touch points throughout the summer both with the mentees and the program designers. If you are interested in being a mentor for our cohort and or have questions, please feel free to reach out to Nicole Parker.
An eligible business may receive a tax-free federal grant equal to the amount of its pandemic-related revenue loss, calculated by subtracting its 2020 gross receipts from its 2019 gross receipts. If the business is not in operation for the entirety of 2019, the total is the difference between 12 times the average monthly gross receipts for 2019 and the average monthly gross receipts in 2020 (or a formula from SBA). If the business is not in operation until 2020, it can receive a grant equal to the amount of “eligible expenses” subtracted by its gross receipts received (or a formula from SBA). If the business is not yet in operation as of the application date, but it has made “eligible expenses,” the grant would be made equal to those expenses (or a formula from SBA).
The WMed Innovation Center is a perfect environment for innovation to grow and become a successful commercial enterprise.
Whether you are seeking a research partner or want to enlist the help of student groups in developing business plans, or just looking for ways to engage with WMU, the Business Connection office can find the resource to help move your business forward.
A loan (from Local Initiatives Support Corporation) helped expand our cafe to triple our seating, add a kids space, increase much needed staff work areas, and make other improvements to the space.
The Michigan eLibrary (MeL) is the State of Michigan's digital library. It has excellent resources available to Michigan residents at no cost.
Western Michigan University's Starting Gate helped me take an idea and transform it into a much more attainable reality. Whether providing talks with investors and business owners or accountability, the ultimate goal is helping your business succeed.
The Kalamazoo Land Bank did robust community engagement around the vision and gave us something to work with that was solidly desired by people in the neighborhood. Having a vision meant we had to protect it. That’s something I thank the Land Bank for. It was difficult. It didn’t make anything faster or easier, but we got a better project in the end as a result of it.
Buy Local Greater Kalamazoo is a hard working grassroots group focused on the greater Kalamazoo community and its small businesses. Their events and networking opportunities are the best!
Michigan SBDC is a great company providing top notch service to local businesses all over Michigan. The consultants are professional and the student workers contribute with excellent work!
—Martin Herman Sorensen
If you have any questions about starting, growing, or anything business related SCORE Kalamazoo/SW Michigan is a great resource.
The Fetzer Center has anything you could ever want for any occasion. The facilities are beautiful, the food is great and the staff is excellent! I have hosted an event and been to an event at the Fetzer and both experiences have been excellent. Mary does a marvelous job!