Each week, for 12 weeks, we will feature one of our top 12 reasons to live in Ann Arbor.
- Exceptional Public Schools
- Vibrant Local Culture
- Great Commuting Options
- Job Opportunities
- University of Michigan
- Location, Location, Location
- Eclectic Mix of Restaurants and Bars
#8. Opportunities for Entrepreneurs
Ann Arbor is a desirable location for entrepreneurs. With two major universities, Ann Arbor is one of the most highly skilled and highly educated work forces in the nation. In addition to a magnificent talent pool, Ann Arbor is home to several resources to help entrepreneurs succeed.
Ann Arbor SPARK: A non-profit organization, Ann Arbor SPARK’s mission is to establish the Ann Arbor region as a destination for business expansion and retention. Ann Arbor SPARK offers programs, events, resources and proactive support to businesses at every stage, from start-ups to larger corporations.
CEED: 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.
MI-SBTDC: The Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center at Washtenaw Community College provides counseling, training and research to small businesses.
NEF: The New Enterprise Forum links entrepreneurs to management expertise, potential joint venture partners, mentors, business services, capital, and other critical resources.
SCORE: A volunteer organization, SCORE matches volunteer business counselors with present or prospective business owners in need of business advice, providing free business consulting.
University of Michigan Business Engagement Center: The University of Michigan Business Engagement Center connects businesses to resources in research, technology, education and student talent. By building partnerships with the business community, the Business Engagement Center works to advance the university’s education, research, economic development and service missions.
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