MeL Business provides support and resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses as they contribute to the Michigan and global economies. Explore core eResources, identify key partners, conduct research, and connect with your local library to succeed in running your business. MeL Business is here for you and has the tools and connections you need.
Professional individuals planning on starting a small business in Michigan should take advantage of the market research and census data made available through the MeL Database. This allows business owners to understand current and potential markets and trends, such as consumer spending trends or industry conditions. Upon identifying goals, entrepreneurs can formulate a business plan with a strategy to grow their services with potential sales leads and mailing lists.
Under Legal Forms Library, individuals will find copies of essential legal forms to assist them in their goal to register a business in Michigan, research current laws, and an attorney directory. The focus of MeL Business eResources is to provide visitors the necessary tools and support for success. The information at your fingertips is geared toward helping you launch and grow your business. Our services provide core resources that are always free to Michigan residents. MeL Business is here to assist you with all of your business needs to help you get started on the path of success the correct way.
Find customers, target advertising, reach audiences, research and calculate market size. Comprehensive business-to-consumer market and spending data. Company profiles, rankings and market share data, product/brand information.
Assess business viability – start-up and growth, create sales leads and marketing mailing lists, complete location analyses and business plans, analyze population trends using comprehensive business, census, and demographic data.
Sample business plans, Michigan and national legal forms, how-to guides, 500+ professional and peer-reviewed business trade magazines and journals, organizations directories.
Global perspective and sophisticated research tools on companies and industries. Case studies, SWOT reports, market share, comparison charts, statistical data sources, news articles, academic journals, and topical reference materials organized by country, company, and industry.
14 full-text, searchable business handbooks and encyclopedias. Business plans, insights of innovation management, emerging markets, finance.
Michigan and national legal and business forms to fill in, save, print, and file including incorporation, accounting, power of attorney, and business trade name. Legal definitions, attorney directory, legal Q & A, tax forms – business taxes, new business registration also available.
Resources to help launch your business
Grow your business to the next level
Do it right! Legal resources for businesses
From day-to-day operations, to strategic planning, and more
Finding investment capital, financing, and more
Government resources at your fingertips
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Interested in doing business with the State of Michigan? Go to the Contract and Payment Express (C&PE) website to find out how to get started and register to receive payments. This includes individuals, businesses, units of government, municipalities, schools, colleges, and universities. Contractors and vendors can register to receive payment for goods and services sold to the State.
Though not a traditional funding source, Crowdfunding is gaining traction and respect and might be a revenue stream you haven’t yet considered. Individuals as well as companies use it for projects, research, startup, and education. To learn more and view a list of funders, visit the Michigan State University Libraries Research Guide Grants and Related Resources: Crowdfunding website.