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Start Your Own Business

Use this guide to find information on starting a business.

Starting Your Own Business

Welcome! Use this guide to find the resources you need to get your business idea off the ground.

The Entrepreneurship Center

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The Entrepreneurship Center at WCC provides:

  • co-working space for collaboration
  • networking events
  • workshops
  • books, articles, and business guides
  • one-on-one professional assistance

The Entrepreneurship Center is located in the Plant Operations Building, Room 120. Follow the link below to visit their website for events, hours, and contact information. 

Small Business Development Center

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Small business clients can contact MI-SBDC-Greater Washtenaw Region, located on the campus of Washtenaw Community College, 4800 East Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.  Call 734-477-8762 or email for the following services:

  • Training and individual consultation for anyone interested in starting a small business. Topics include: business planning, financing, legal issues, marketing and sales strategies, managing cash flow, building your team, and more.
  • Assistance for existing businesses includes: planning for and managing growth, understanding financial statements, strategic planning, marketing, etc.
  • Consultation for early-stage, technology-based companies, such as alternative energy, life sciences, homeland security and advanced manufacturing.

Bailey Library Small Business Services

WCC's Biz Resource Center is a partnership between the Richard W. Bailey Library and Michigan Small Business Development Center, Greater Washtenaw Region, serving the counties of Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, and Washtenaw.

The Biz Resource Center offers the following services:

  • On-site access to print and electronic resources.
    • Register for a community card to borrow library materials. 
    • WCC's electronic resources are not available off-site. Many resources are also available for free through the Michigan eLibrary.
  • Market Research Workshops.
  • Individual consultation with a business librarian. 

WCC Business Research Databases