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EMU Small Business Development Center named best in Michigan for record-breaking performance

Published September 29, 2015

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SBDC Regional Director, Richard King and Associate Regional Director, Wendy Thomas

SBDC Regional Director, Richard King and
Associate Regional Director, Wendy Thomas

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a business assistance program funded in part with a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration. There are 12 regional offices in Michigan. Eastern Michigan University hosts the southeast region office, which supports small business development and entrepreneurial enterprises in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. The office is located in Eastern’s College of Business.

EMU’s SBDC office provides counseling, training and research for new and existing small businesses, including restaurants, consulting firms, manufacturers, and staffing companies. The staff also works with technology-based startup companies that are in the early stages and have high growth potential.

Richard King, southeast Michigan regional director at EMU, and associate director Wendy Thomas were honored for the regional offices’ record-breaking performance. The award was presented at the Michigan Celebrates Small Business event on May 7, 2015 in Lansing.

More than $61 million in capital had been generated by the southeast region in 2014, thanks to the efforts of EMU's SBDC. The revenue, which exceeded the projected goal of $42 million, was generated through a combination of efforts, including loans received by small businesses, investments made by business owners and from outside sources.

The SBCD served 878 businesses, helped 30 business start-ups and 324 jobs were created.

"The Small Business Development Center is a critical resource for new and expanding small businesses," said Michael Tidwell, dean of EMU's College of Business. "The State's economy is tied to the success of these entrepreneurs and the consultative work performed by the SBDC team plays a major role in helping these firms achieve their goals."

For more information, contact the Center at 734.487.0355 or visit the Small Business Development Center homepage.

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300 W. Michigan Ave.
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197

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