Ninety-five (95) percent of the businesses in Macomb County are defined as a “small business” - one that employs fewer than 50 people. Every day, the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development works to help these businesses grow and assists entrepreneurs in starting their own small businesses.
Since 1983, MCPED has been a regional host to the Macomb County Small Business & Technology Development Center. Our office offers the services of SBTDC Certified Business Consultants who are prepared to work with you and your small business in a variety of areas including; marketing, financial analysis and planning, strategic planning, management and operations.
This professional staff has many years of combined experience dedicated to Macomb County’s main street retail and world class manufacturing community. In 2011, the Macomb County SBTDC assisted 401 small businesses across our region.
SBTDC’s four key service areas include Training, Counseling, Research and Advocacy.
The Macomb County SBTDC offers a number of classes and workshops catering to the needs of entrepreneurs. Many one-day seminars are held throughout Macomb County at a minimal fee. If you are looking for more comprehensive training, entrepreneurship classes are offered in conjunction with Macomb Community College’s Continuing Education Division.
The Macomb County SBTDC also provides free, confidential business counseling assistance. This service allows you to schedule an appointment to meet one-on-one with a certified business consultant to address your specific needs. Business Plan development, marketing plans, sources of financing, financial analysis and general management issues are areas of expertise that reside in the center.
A distinct advantage that the SBTDC enjoys through its state and national affiliations, and in being hosted by the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development, is its immediate access to vast resources for gathering and analyzing market research, economic and demographic data. The benefit to you is that these tools allow you to track business and industry data and enhance your decision-making ability as you consider the feasibility of business opportunities or deliberate regarding site locations.