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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.

Core Resources


MeL Business - BusinessDecision

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.


MeL Business - DemographicsNow

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.

Small Business Resource Center

MeL Business - Small Business Resource Center

Sample business plans, Michigan and national legal forms, how-to guides, 500+ professional and peer-reviewed business trade magazines and journals, organizations directories.

Business Insights: Global

MeL Business - Business Insights Global

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.

Gale Virtual Reference Library: Business Collection

MeL Business - GVRF Business Collection

14 full-text, searchable business handbooks and encyclopedias. Business plans, insights of innovation management, emerging markets, finance.

Legal Forms Library

MeL Business - Gale LegalForms

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.


MeL Business - Start

Resources to help launch your business


MeL Business - Grow

Grow your business to the next level


MeL Business - Legal

Do it right! Legal resources for businesses


MeL Business - Operations

From day-to-day operations, to strategic planning, and more


MeL Business - Funding

Finding investment capital, financing, and more


MeL Business - Government

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.


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