Strategies for Growth …

Starbuck Machining is a family owned business, started by father-son team Richard and Aaron Starbuck in April 2002. The Michigan SBDC helped Richard and Aaron with their business plan, acquiring capital to grow, and they have attended numerous SBDC business workshops.  Since their launch in 2002 they have grown the company to employ 27 individuals. Read More

Pure Bliss Salon and Day Spa …

Pure Bliss Salon and Day Spa received the E Team Rising Star Award presented by the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce. The award is designed to highlight "bright spots" of growing businesses in Genesee County!  The SBDC worked with Pure Bliss Salon to raise the capital they needed to expand the business.  Pure Bliss Salon employs 50 employees. Read More

Started in 2012, Created 12 Jobs …

P Squared Wine Bar & Bistro was an idea started by its founders, Paul Bussard and Paul Fox, on a road trip through Michigan Wine country.  They both had a love of wine and were always looking for people to share it with.  After working with the SBDC and just over a year from that fateful wine trip P Squared Wine Bar opened its doors on November 5, 2012. Read More

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Peppino’s Pizza

Small business owners Mike and Paula Raymond opened their doors to customers as franchisees of Peppino’s Pizza in 2004. The Peppino’s franchise started in 1976, when Carlo DiLeonardo opened the first Peppino’s Pizzeria in Standale, MI. A second pizzeria was opened in Allendale in 1980.


Helping Your Business Succeed

“I realized that if I wanted to keep growing my businesses I would need a line of credit. Al [Bacon, SBDC Finance Specialist] really helped me speak the banker’s language.  With his help I was able to put together a loan package, and receive that loan.”

Alison Barnett, Leaps and Bounds Therapy Services Owner

"I’ve been pursuing an MBA through U-M’s Ross Business School and when I sought general business information on starting AutoBike, the folks at the Center connected me with Kayo Ramirez, one of the SBDC’s technology consultants. You could say that Kayo has been with us almost since day one. Next to the four of us, he is one of the most important resources we have.”

Sean Simpson, AutoBike Co-founder