• Business Support Resources

  • Entrepreneurs and small businesses can access further assistance from any of the business consultants and professionals listed in our membership directory.

  • Community Profiles provided by MSUExtension.

    Houghton County

    Keweenaw County


  • MTEC SmartZone  MTEC SmartZone is one of 16 SmartZones in Michigan.  In the last year alone, they helped create 70 new high-tech jobs right here in the Copper Country. Through their programming and support network, they are the known experts in coaching entrepreneurs and small businesses in the technology sector.  Additionally, through their Talent Bridge program, the MTEC SmartZone able to attract medium to large companies to create a local satellite office in the Houghton-Hancock community allowing them to access Michigan Tech’s student engineering talent. Phone: 906.487.7000  website: mtecsz.com

  • Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance (KEDA)— takes a leadership role in Baraga, Houghton and Keweenaw Counties, helping expand and diversify the area's economic base. KEDA initiates and implements proactive, sustainable programs focused on retaining and expanding existing firms, starting up new businesses, attracting entrepreneurs and companies to the Keweenaw, and initiating projects that create conditions for future economic growth. Phone: 906.482.6817, website: kedabiz.com

  • Entrepreneur Support Center (ESC) — ESC is a resource center that provides entrepreneurs with a place to work, with direct guidance from business counselors to foster ideas, and start and develop businesses into companies that create jobs for the local community. ESC has helped launch about two companies a month since it opened in April 2011.

  • Jutila Center for Global Design and Business (JGDB) — Jutila Center for Global Design and Business utilizes direct assistance from its host, Finlandia University, and area collaborators to help stabilize management and accelerate the growth of young businesses. In 2012, the incubator houses 29 companies yielding 42 employees, in five clusters of firms specializing in retail, service, health, family support and sports industries.

  • Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) — SBDC provides a broad range of support services to local companies through local business counselors housed at KEDA and Michigan Tech, regional business counselors based in the Escanaba SBDC office, and technology company specialists located throughout the state.

  • Superior Innovations at Michigan Technological University (SI) — SI is a private, for-profit company established by Michigan Tech under the non-profit Michigan Tech Entrepreneurial Support Corporation (MTESC). Both MTESC and SI serve as tools to help transition early stage discoveries from University labs into successful commercial enterprises.

  • Western Upper Peninsula Planning & Development Region (WUPPDR) — Serves as the regional clearinghouse for federal and state funded programs and provides a wide range of services including technical assistance to local units of government, grant writing and administration. Fostering stable and diversified economies in the Western Upper Peninsula, WUPPDR enhances intergovernmental coordination and encourages opportunities for public comment on projects of regional significance.

  • UPWARD Talent Council MI - The UPWARD Talent Council Michigan Works! is a non-profit workforce development organization. The organization believes that a sound     economic base is essential to maintain the quality of life in the Upper Peninsula. The organization provides no-cost services to employers, job seekers, and youth through area offices across the Upper Peninsula.

  • State of Michigan State of Michigan


    Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) - Stats, Rankings & Messaging (SRM)