Program Promoting Entrepreneurship in Northwest Michigan Helped by $10,000 Grant
“This funding allows us to change how we deliver services. Today’s entrepreneur is far more comfortable accessing information from the web. We can use technology to maintain personalized consulting and training while our client is in their office, at their kitchen counter, or their cottage in the woods,” said Mary Rogers, Regional Director of MI-SBTDC. “Fifth Third and SBTDC are long term partners in educating business owners. This contribution demonstrates Fifth Third’s commitment to small business owners in northwest Michigan.”
In addition to face-to-face consulting at NMC’s Aero Park Campus, clients across the region will be able to access live webinar training and web-based one-on-one consulting integrating technology with individual attention from a certified small business consultant.
In the photo (left to right): Eric Thibo, Fifth Third Bank, Assistant Vice President, Business Banking Relationship Manager; Doug Buck, Fifth Third Bank, Vice President SBA and Government Lending Programs; George Bailey, III, Fifth Third Bank, Market President Northern Michigan; Mary Rogers, Regional Director, Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center; Ed Bailey, Northwestern Michigan College, Technical Division Director; Janie McNabb, Northwest Michigan Council of Governments; and Julie Doyal, Northwestern Michigan College, Program Coordinator, Extended Educational Services.
The Fifth Third Foundation makes strategic grants to improve communities where Fifth Third Bank operates.
The MI-SBTDC 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. For more information, go to: northwestmichiganbusiness.com.
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