Helping you navigate your business with these helpful resources.
At DMCU, we want to help our business members find the resources you need to help start or grow your business. Please see below for a list of resources to get you started.
LARA (Licensing and Regulatory Affairs)
Looking to form your business as a corporation, limited partnership, limited liability company, or limited liability partnership? You’ll want to start with filing the necessary documents for your specific entity with the State of Michigan through LARA.
IRS (Apply for an EIN)
After filing your business with LARA, you will need to apply for an EIN (Employer Identification Number). This will have to be done after you register with LARA because the business name you enter for the EIN will have to match your articles of incorporation or articles of organization.
SBA (U.S. Small Business Administration)
SBA can help you plan, launch, manage, and grow your business. This is a good resource to help you find local assistance and educate you on growing a successful business.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Chamber of Commerce is an advocate for promoting policies that create healthy business climates. You can use the Chamber Finder to locate a local chamber near you.
LinkedIn is a good social media platform for small business owners to strengthen their professional networks, get advice, and reach new clients.
Michigan SBDC (Small Business Development Center)
Michigan SBDC provides consulting, business education, and market research to help small businesses.
SCORE can help you find a mentor to help you start, develop, and grow your business. SCORE’s mentors are experienced entrepreneurs, corporate managers, and executives who volunteer their expertise.
Novi Library is a Michigan SBDC resource center that offers computers & printers, business books, access to business databases, and information about state and federal programs that offer assistance to businesses. Some of their resources do require you to have a Novi Library Card but, there are a lot of resources on their website that are available to the public.
Government Grants offers education about grants, what they are for, how to apply, who’s eligible, and so much more. You can apply for a grant for your business if you meet the eligibility requirements.
TechTown Detroit offers workspaces (desks, office, and lab space), virtual mailboxes, and other amenities for a monthly fee. They also offer business programs and events to support small businesses and entrepreneurial education.
Oakland Thrive works to bolster economic development throughout Oakland County, an affluent and desirable area that attracts both residents and business owners. By connecting with small and micro businesses in every Oakland County region and providing free support and services.