Resource Guide

Family Owned Business Institute

(616) 331-7200

1116 L. William Seidman Center

50 Front Ave SW

Grand Rapids, MI 49504

The Family Owned Business Institute seeks to serve family owned businesses through research, education and advocacy.

Sprout Lab

(269) 214-1227

1116 L. William Seidman Center

50 Front Ave SW

Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Sprout Lab is a program that brings entrepreneurial education and resources around the state of Michigan. The program places an emphasis on agriculture and rural start-ups.

The Factory

(616) 803-9131

38 West Fulton

Suite 400

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

The Factory is a membership based coworking space equipped with a learning centers, conference rooms, gathering areas and skype rooms.  

Start Garden

40 Pearl St NW #200

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Start Garden is a platform that invests in new ideas to help them becoming high earning businesses.

5×5 Night

40 Pearl St NW #200

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

5×5 Night is a monthly idea pitch were five entrepreneurs pitch and one winner walks away with $5,000 in investment capital.

Dwelling Place

(616) 454-0928

101 Sheldon Blvd SE #2

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Dwelling Place provides commercial space for small businesses in the Heartside Business District based on the business’s potential to contribute to revitalization efforts within the neighborhood.  


(616) 520-8624

401 Hall st SW Suite 185

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Another membership based maker space, GR Makers that offers members the tools and space they need to advance idea and product development.

The Geek Group

(616) 466-4335

902 Leonard St NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49504

The Geek Group is a highly equipped membership based maker space that allows small business and entrepreneurs the facilities and equipment to design, engineer, and manufacture prototypes and even do small-to-medium production runs.

Grand Rapids Inventors Network

2333 East Beltline Ave SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49534

Grand Rapids Inventor Network is membership based nonprofit that connects inventors, makers and creative entrepreneurs and helps members move forward from conception to business plan to product realization.

Local First

(616) ­808-­3788

955 Wealthy St SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Local First is a membership based nonprofit organization that works to connect local businesses to each other and the community in advocation of a resilient local economy. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ 

The Right Place

(616­) 771­-0325

125 Ottaway Avenue, Suite 450

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

The Right Place offers highly specialized services for existing and small businesses, including workforce training and certification, leadership development, supply chain and distribution strategy development and coordination assistance, and site selection. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ 

Grand Rapids Public Library Small Business Center

(616­) 988­-5400

111 Library Street NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

The Small Business Center at the Grand Rapids Public Library provides work space with access to the internet, fax and copy machine and specialized business databases. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­


(231) ­250-­2845

234 Division Ave NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Emerge is an organization designed to connect the West Michigan entrepreneurial ecosystem with resource and partners to grow emerging ventures. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ 


(616) ­458-­3404

25 Sheldon Blvd SE #210

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

GROW provides a variety of services to women in different stages of business development, including free business counseling, microlending and multi-­tier training courses. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

LINC Business Incubator

(616) ­451-­9140

1167 Madison Ave SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49507

The LINC Business Incubator provides start­-up support to emerging and growing businesses in the Grand Rapids area. The three year business training program includes providing participants with space at below market rates.

Michigan Small Business Development Center

(616) ­331-­7480

50 Front Ave SW

Grand Rapids, MI 49504

The MSBDC has up­-to­-date resources for new entrepreneurs and growing businesses, ranging from in depth businesses plan development to advance start­-up workshops to technology commercialization services.

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