Cadillac Business Helped by Michigan Works! and MI-SBTDC
“We went in and they were very good about explaining everything,” said Houk. “They were very helpful.”
Besides inviting her to the Michigan Works! Service Center, Best also told Houk about a Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center business plan class that was beginning that same day in Cadillac. Houk was already thinking about starting a business and thought the class would be helpful. She didn’t have time to register but went to the class anyway and explained her situation to SBTDC Small Business Consultant, Annie Shelter, who welcomed Houk to join the other students.
“When I read the little bio on the class, it was like, this is exactly what I need,” said Houk.
While she was taking the class and considering starting a business, Houk was contacted by Prein and Newhof about opening an office in Cadillac. She and a dozen former co-workers decided to join the new company, but Houk also finished taking the business plan class.
“We did decide to open a different branch office, but still the stuff I learned from Annie was invaluable,” said Houk
Houk and her co-workers didn’t need ongoing assistance from Michigan Works! or the SBTDC, but she says she appreciated everything both organizations did for them.
“It was people helping people, it wasn’t just hey, it’s my job,” said Houk. “Annie even came to our open house. It’s just been really nice.”
Networks Northwest always proves to be a valued resource for our local government planning efforts. No organization does a better job of convening partners, promoting collaboration, and reporting on the data than does Networks NorthwestTy Wessell, Leelanau County Commissioner