Entrepreneurs are essential to an innovative economy and a key element to the future success and prosperity of the region.  

The EDA is a proud supporter of entrepreneurship and manages a regional incubator dedicated to helping the region's entrepreneurs launch or grow their small business ventures.  

  • The Underground Incubator and Business Service Center -  Providing entrepreneurial & small business support, co-working space, entrepreneurial funding, business incubation & acceleration programs, permanent office space and more.   To learn more about funding opportunities,  entrepreneurial services or to call The Underground home,  visit:  www.startunderground.com or call 810.937.2003 with any questions.    The EDA manages the Underground which is an approved SmartZone business incubator with funding and resources made possible via a partnership with The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). 

  • Small Business Development Center (SBDC) – SBDC offers no-cost assistance in everything from writing a business plan to finding ways to finance your start-up to expanding your business into international markets.  The local SBDC representative can meet with you one-one-one for free consultation in their office at The Underground.  SBDC counselor, Shannon Schwabe looks forward to assisting you!   

  • Blue Water Startups
    Blue Water Startups & Entrepreneurs is a network of local entrepreneurs, sharing ideas, passion and more.   Learn more or join in one of the upcoming gatherings. 


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