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Small Business Summit October 30 in Traverse City

Press Release
October 10, 2019

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Small business owners are busy and often struggle to find time to work on their businesses or maybe even implement an idea that’s been rolling around in their heads. We also know that business owners want useful and tangible information to help them grow their businesses for the long-haul. The inaugural Northwest MI-SBDC Small Business Summit in Traverse City is an action-packed, one-day conference featuring nearly a dozen break-out sessions. This event is intended for existing business owners or entrepreneurs who have recently launched a new business interested in resources and ideas for how to take their businesses to the next level. The summit is being held Wednesday, October 30, 2019, from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Northwestern Michigan College Hagerty Conference Center, 715 E Front St., Traverse City. Check-in begins at 7:30 am. The workshop is being hosted by the Northwest Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and is sponsored by Networks Northwest, Global Trade Alliance, Harris Group, Northwest Michigan Works!, Northwest Michigan PTAC, Venture North, TBA Credit Union, Northern Initiatives, and Chemical Bank.

Summit attendees will learn about topics such as Getting Financed, Year-End Tax Planning, Cybersecurity, Understanding Your Data, eCommerce, Getting Your Business Online with Google, Intro to Exporting, and much more. The cost to attend is $95; however, contact the SBDC for a discount code if you are affiliated with any of the sponsors to attend at a reduced rate of $60. Price of admission includes a light breakfast, lunch, and refreshments.

Registration is available online at For more information, contact the Northwest Michigan SBDC at or 231-929-5060.

About Michigan SBDC

The Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC) provides expert assistance at no cost to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow a business. The Northwest Michigan Regional Center is hosted by Networks Northwest and serves the ten-county region including: Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, and Wexford counties. For more information, go to:

The Michigan SBDC State Lead Center is located at Grand Valley State University, Seidman College of Business, in Grand Rapids. Michigan small business owners may access the Michigan SBDC services by contacting 616-331-7480 or

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Mark Heydlauff, Charlevoix City Manager