GETTING A BUSINESS STARTED
AES works with businesses to secure their future by offering tailored services with high impact results.
What does Alliance for Economic Success do for businesses and industry?
-Business Retention & Expansion
-Site Selection for suitable commercial property
Once you have selected a site, we also can offer:
-Assistance navigating the local permitting process
-Assistance with utility needs
-Information about site specific investment opportunities
-Business Development Financing
-Economic & Demographic Data & Research
-Succession and strategic planning
We can also help in the decision making process by providing information about:
-Proximity to clients or competitors
-Commercial & Industrial property data
-Demographic and labor/employment information
-Market segmentation and consumer spending information
-Multiple business directory databases
-Business and Industry sets
New AES Initiatives:
We are seeking interest in creating local investment groups. This is locals, solving local problems. Investment could occur in local housing to solve our workforce housing shortage. People spend where they live. Let us know if you are interested in hearing more.
Incubator office space can be provided to help startup companies transition from plan to implementation.
The Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides free resources to help plan your business. One fantastic resource is the “Guide to Starting and Operating a Small Business.” This information is general and applicable to starting a business anywhere in Michigan. Please download the Starting a Business Guide.
What does it take for a community to attract or support entrepreneurs in starting a new business? Perhaps part of the equation is a willing investor who sees value in your community, offers of community and State incentives, and availability of capital?
The Vogue Theatre, Iron Fish Distillery, and Blue Fish Restaurant are all ones that AES helped in all three ways. AES assisted Springdale Township, home of the Iron Fish Distillery, in creating a special assessment district and creating tax abatements to support the opening of this innovative agribusiness. Iron Fish now employs 11 or so employees and is becoming known far and wide as a place to experience their unique product. The Vogue Theatre is the poster business for rehabilitating an old beloved community theatre. Without an interested investor, the community was at a loss on how to proceed to save this historic gem. AES helped raise $1.2 million dollars and helped in the organizational development of the non-profit that now manages the theatre. Obviously, the theatre is a key component in creating and supporting a vibrant downtown City of Manistee. The Blue Fish Restaurant had enthusiastic investors but needed the capital. AES worked with MEDC to create a package of funding sources available from the State to help get this project up and running.
Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Michigan Department of Transportation
Northwest Michigan Works!
Small Business Administration
Small Business Development Center
U.S. Department of Agriculture
The Wirt-Rivette Group
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