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Recommended Business Websites

Free, public websites for business information.

Business Associations

Guide2Detroit Business Directory

The Novi Chamber of Commerce

Business Plan Samples

Business Plan Development help from SBDC

Business Planning and Financial Statements Template Gallery from SCORE

Write a Business Plan help from SBA

Demographics and Statistics

Census Business Builder: Small Business Edition

Consumer Price Index (CPI)

Current Employment Statistics (CES)

Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED)

Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget Labor Market Information (employment stats, income estimates, industry forecasts)

Michigan State University global EDGE (international market information)

Monthly Labor Review

Producer Price Index (PPI)

Survey of Current Business - Bureau of Economic Analysis

U.S. Census (people & households/business & industry/geography)

U.S. Census Economic Indicators

U.S. Census FactFinder (population/housing/economic/geographic)

U.S. Census Industry Snapshots (economic census by NAICS code)

Entrepreneur Community Consulting & Education Partners

Advantage Oakland Business Programs (including WalkIn StartUp Small Business Counseling monthly in Novi)

Eastern Michigan University Center for Entrepreneurship

Great Lakes Women's Business Council (formerly Center for Empowerment and Economic Development - CEED)

Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC)

Michigan State University - Product Center

Oakland University - OU Inc.

Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE)

Schoolcraft College - Business Development Center (BDC)

Schoolcraft College - Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

Financing/Capital

Grants.gov (Federal Government Grants)

Grant Proposal template from the Legal Action Council

Michigan Economic Development Corporation - Venture Capital and Grant Funding services

Michigan SBDC - Raising Capital services

Small Business Administration - Loan Programs

Government Resources

City of Novi Business Information

IRS Tax Information for Businesses

LARA Corporations Online Filing System - Business Entity Search (find registered companies in Michigan)

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) (find Michigan business guidelines and download required forms)

Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget - Contract Connect (learn how to become a vendor to the State of Michigan

Michigan Department of Treasury

State License Search (find out if you need a license or permit for your business)

State of Michigan Business One Stop

USA.gov Small Business Resources

U.S. Department of State Business Center

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Small Business Administration

Industry Codes

NAICS Codes (North American Industry Classification System)

SIC Codes (Standard Industry Classifications – up to 1987 then superseded by NAICS codes)

SEC Filings

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Provides free public access to corporate information, allowing you to quickly research a company’s financial information and operations by reviewing registration statements, prospectuses and periodic reports filed on Forms 10-K and 10-Q.* You also can find information about recent corporate events reported on Form 8-K but that a company does not have to disclose to investors.
* Form 10-K is an annual report; Form 10-Q is a quarterly report. Both include financial statements (balance sheet and income statement) and key business ratios.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission - EDGAR
Provides help for investors on how to search within the Edgar database.

Start-Up Incubators or Accelerators

Ann Arbor SPARK

Automation Alley

Macomb-OU Incubator

Rock Ventures LLC

TechTown Detroit