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New Staff Member Helping Northwest Michigan Clients at Small Business Development Center


The Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Northwest Michigan has hired Tricia Stevens as their new Intake Specialist. Tricia will be the first point of contact for current and future northern Michigan business owners hoping to establish or grow their businesses. She will help new clients identify and access SBDC counseling and development services.


Tricia has a long history of helping people connect with ideas and resources including 12 years as a Northwest Michigan Works Learning Lab Aide and Testing Specialist, eight years with the Northwestern Michigan College Fine Arts and Humanities Division, and three years as the owner of an educational book distributorship. Tricia studied business, psychology, and education at Cedarville College, University of Michigan-Flint, and Northwestern Michigan College. In addition to her new role as Small Business Development Center Intake Specialist, Tricia has personal experience in small business start-up.


”I love new perspectives and the energy of shared discovery when connecting people with the specific resources, ideas and contacts that lead to significant answers and success,” said Stevens. “I’m excited about making new connections in the small business community in beautiful Northwest Michigan.”


For more information about SBDC programs contact Tricia at: or (231) 922-3780.


The SBDC is a statewide business assistance program that provides one-on-one counseling, training and research support for Michigan small businesses. The Northwest Michigan Regional office is hosted by the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments and provides services for Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, and Wexford counties. For more information, go to:


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