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Grow Your Business

Successful growth of your business means thinking about the present and the future. Forecasting and planning are critical components in looking forward.

Small Business Services

Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services fuels the innovation and creativity of entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Access to Capital

SBA Microloans are available to for-profit businesses in need of small scale financing for items such as working capital, inventory, machinery or equipment.


We offer relevant training and resources as well as current Industry best-practices and tools, designed to help the small business owner compete and grow in an ever-changing marketplace.

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Webinars in August 


Legal & HR Guidance for Employers 

August 12, 2020 1:00 p.m. - COVID-19 Overview: Legal & HR Guidance for Employers to Traverse the New Normal 

Cliff AllenMaria Zavala ParedesSince the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, employers have had to wrestle with many difficult questions and situations with their employees. As pandemic conditions persist, even more questions have arisen on top of the old, unanswered ones. What PPE protocols can employers require? Can you fire employees afraid to come to work? Who is considered an essential employee? What new legal risks do businesses face amidst this pandemic, and how can they protect themselves from such risks? How do employers show compassion for their employees while maintaining their workforce and workflow? How do you provide considerations for unique situations while maintaining fairness for all of your employees? In this seminar, these questions and more will be answered as our two guest experts from the legal and human resources field explain how their companies have traversed these issues, and how yours should consider doing so as well..

This webinar is presented by Barbara Moore, Associate Attorney at Varnum Attorney at Law in Grand Rapids and Cliff Allen, Human Resources Project Specialist at Spectrum Lakeland Health in St. Joseph.      



Staring a Business During a Pandemic  

August 13, 2020 10:00 a.m. - Starting a Business During a Pandemic

John SchmittMeagan FrancisAre you considering opening a small business right now? Is this right time for you? What should you be considering before launching a business? The SBDC at WMU is hosting an open conversation with those interested in opening a business or planning to pivot their current business model as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Join us for an opportunity to have your questions answered by Michigan Small Business Development Center consultants: Tamara Davis and John Schmitt. 






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We need your expertise, knowledge and support to allow future entrepreneurs to launch their dreams and help existing small businesses grow! The Women’s Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance collaborates with our local business community to deliver relevant and timely workshops and seminars designed to arm small business owners with the information and resources they need to operate their own business. You know what it takes to make a business successful, imagine sharing what you know with others! If you would like to play a part in our upcoming classes or become an investor, contact the WBC team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (269) 925-6100. Your tax-deductible contribution can have a distinct impact on the growth of local small business. With your donation, you will fuel the sustainability of the WBC and assist with scholarships for economically challenged women, so they can have equal access to resources.

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Goldman Sachs is Now Accepting Applications for its 10,000 Small Business Program


Goldman Sachs is now accepting applications for its 10,000 Small Businesses program!. The early decision deadline is March 2, 2020.

Goldman Sachs is Now Accepting Applications for its 10,000 Small Business Program



Dear Small Business Owners,

Goldman Sachs is now accepting applications for its 10,000 Small Businesses program!. The early decision deadline is March 2, 2020.
To nominate a small business in your community click here, or applicants can apply directly at www.10ksbapply.com for the upcoming Fall 2020 Cohort.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a program to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing access to education, capital and business support services. The program will provide scholars with tools and practical business education to continue growing their business to new heights.

Through the Goldman Sachs Foundation, the program is offered at no cost to the business owner.
Within 6 months of graduating, 67% of scholars reported increasing revenues and 47% of scholars added new jobs.
During the program the scholars will develop a growth plan - a strategic and tactical implementation to guide their business growth.
Through a combination of online classes and professional workshops at Babson College, scholars will learn from some of the brightest minds in the business and build a powerful network of professional support.

For more information about the program, visit the website where you can watch testimonial videos from alumni of the program, and see the impact of the program on small businesses across the country.
Questions? Contact the WBC at 269-925-6100.

Small Business Services Orientation

This free class introduces participants to the many programs and services that the Women's Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance offers to entrepreneurs at every stage of their business. The Small Business Orientation is a prerequisite for all other WBC at Cornerstone Alliance services and classes.

The following Topics will be discussed:

  • Business Readiness Assessment
  • Business Start-up Checklist
  • Business Plan Templates
  • How to Legitimize Your Business
  • Access to Capital Through SBA Microloans
  • Classes & Workshops
  • Partner Organizations

Due to COVID-19, Small Business Orientation classes will be held in an online, one-on-one format. Please contact Dubelsa at dmata@cstonealliance.org or Margaret at madams@cstonealliance.org to schedule. 

For more information call (269)925-6100.