Small Business Day

When: Wednesday, May 2, 2018; 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, 1100 Yore Rd, Benton Harbor, MI 49022
Fee: $75.00

Individuals looking to start, grow or expand a business in Michigan’s Great Southwest are encouraged to attend the day-long event where they will have the opportunity to learn from subject-matter experts in a wide array of topics.  Cornerstone Alliance, in conjunction with Small Business Week, will provide a day of education for pre-venture, startups (1-3 years) and growing businesses.  

Small Business Day activities will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by a networking event that concludes at 6 p.m.  Tracy Braman, Executive Director of Human Resources of Lakeland Health, will deliver a keynote address.  Participants can take advantage of the Early Bird fee of $65, if registering by April 20.  Regular registration is $75 and concludes on April 27.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all registrants. 
Break-out sessions will include the following topics: 
How to Complete a Business Model Canvas; 
Fundamentals of Marketing; 
Which Women-Owned Certification is Right for me?; 
Market Research using Michigan Electronic Libraries; 
Is Your Business Sustainable (must be in business for at least 1 year); 
Time to Hire Employees?; 
Pros/Cons of Business Entities; 
Government Contracting; 
Accounting Tools for Small Business; 
How to start a Non-Profit & Non-Profit Grant Writing; 
Marketing and Social Media; 
Buy/Sell Agreements; 
Crowd Funding; 
Ask the Banker; and 
Networking 101: Multiplying your referrals, strengthen your networking.
For more information, contact Dubelsa Mata-Garcia at Cornerstone Alliance at (269) 757-0225 or via email at


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