The “soul” of Emerge is its growing network of partner organizations. They are committed to guiding you in the right direction and will link you with other vital resources to help ensure long-term success.
Think of Emerge as an ecosystem of engaged partners with the mission of fostering your business ideas and creativity. Count on them to connect you with the ideal combination of resources to help take your idea from conception to implementation.
My next new resource I found was...
Grand Rapids Public Library provides the
timely and reliable business information
you need to start and manage your small
business. Whether looking for company
or industry analysis, business plan samples,
marketing tips, or current management
theories and trends, we provide access to
the resources that will make your business
For more information or to get started,
visit the Small Business Resource Center
in person or online.
Main Library, Lower Level
111 Library Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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Next resource on the list is...
Tomorrow’s business leaders need advisors they can trust today. . .
. . . Accelerate your business plan with Varnum’s MiSpringboard program.
Launched in 2011, MiSpringboard is Varnum's state-wide initiative designed to remove some of the barriers associated with starting and growing a business. Through the program, Varnum is providing free legal services to new and growing businesses. It is our way of helping Michigan entrepreneurs more effectively put their bright ideas to work.
Varnum has committed $1 million in free legal services to Michigan-based startups and growing businesses over the next five years. We are working with business and economic development organizations who identify Michigan-based startups, mid-stage entrepreneurs and growing companies that have a need for legal services.
What are the program criteria?
As a referral source, you may have additional criteria, but generally speaking, participants in MiSpringboard should be located in Michigan, have a written business plan and demonstrate a need for Varnum’s legal support. Typical candidates have the potential to drive Michigan job creation and growth.
Candidates who are not ready for MiSpringboard are often referred to the MEDC, MISBtDC, or GROW, for assistance with their business plan. Qualified candidates may reapply to the program at any time.
How do entrepreneurs access MiSpringboard?
Varnum works with state and regional referral organizations who currently assist Michigan entrepreneurs and growing businesses, such as economic development offices, investors, angel funds and business incubators. These referral organizations recommend businesses for participation in MiSpringboard. Chief among these referral sources is the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, who refers clients to MiSpringboard through Pure Michigan Business Connect. Other referral sources will be listed on our website, www.mispringboard.com.
How does MiSpringboard work?
Clients referred to MiSpringboard will have an initial consultation with a Varnum attorney to assess their business needs. With over 150 attorneys, Varnum has experience in a wide variety of business law matters. MiSpringboard clients will have a single point of contact at Varnum, even if their legal needs require attorneys from more than one practice area. We anticipate that each business will need a minimum of $2,500 in complimentary services, although it may vary based on the need of the individual business.
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