Community Resources

Ann Arbor SCORE
3601 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
(734) 332-4477

SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” is America’s premier source of free & confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs. SCORE is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization formed in 1964 to help small businesses flourish. SCORE provides a public service to America by offering free small business advice and training.SCORE’s 10,500 volunteers have more than 600 business skills. Volunteers share their wisdom and lessons learned in business. Our volunteers are working/retired business owners, executives and corporate leaders.


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201 South Division Street, Suite 430
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 761-9317

Ann Arbor SPARK’s mission is to be the driving force in establishing the Ann Arbor Region as a desired place for business expansion and location by identifying and meeting the needs of business at every stage, from those that are established to those working to successfully commercialize innovations.



Center for Empowerment and Economic Development (CEED)
2002 Hogback Road # 17
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
(734) 677-1400

The Center for Empowerment and Economic Development is committed to empowering women and minorities economically through business development training, supplier certification, business-to-business networking and accessible capital assistance programs. We provide effective business tools and remove barriers that hinder development of successful and sustainable businesses. Our work strengthens the community by building partnerships and leveraging resources that increase business growth opportunities.



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Greater Washtenaw Region
Washtenaw Community College, Division of Economic & Community Development
4800 E Huron River Dr
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Phone: (734) 477-8762

The Michigan SBDC provides counseling, training and research to assist small business to launch, grow, transition and innovate. The Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) enhances Michigan’s economic wellbeing by providing counseling, training and research for new ventures, existing small businesses and advanced technology companies. With our local office on the campus of Washtenaw Community College, headquarters at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, 11 regional offices and more than 20 satellite offices, we provide entrepreneurs and business owners with convenient access to counseling and training throughout Michigan.

Scholarships and Financial Aid for Women

A Bloomberg study revealed that women with MBAs earned a median of $35,000 less than men eight years after graduating from business school. One particularly painful effect of that earning divide is that it makes paying off student debt loans, which continue to balloon, harder for women at work.

As gender pay gaps widen, loans weigh more heavily on women than on men. It can take women with MBAs over a year longer than men to pay back their student loans. College financial experts at have assembled 29 excellent scholarships for women attending college.

Interested in an MBA, but don’t want to spend the time studying for the GMAT? Good news! Many schools have chosen to pursue alternative criteria in their application process, waiving the GMAT requirement in lieu of work experience, GRE scores, or removing the requirement altogether. Here’s a list: Online MBA Programs That Don’t Require the GMAT.