(SCORE) provides free and confidential business consultation and advice as a public service to all types of businesses, in all stages of development. SCORE volunteers are available by appointment, to assist WBC clients.

Score is located at Cornerstone Alliance, 38 W. Wall Street, Benton Harbor, Michigan. SCORE volunteers are available to meet with you, by appointment only.  For an appointment call 269-925-6100 or contact SCORE by e-mail at: or website:

Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) consultants provide knowledge and expertise regarding business development. Examples of assistance provided are as follows:

  • Developing growth strategies
  • Preparing a business plan for financing
  • Determining cash flow issues
  • Defining and quantifying marketing initiatives
  • Developing sales strategies

SBTDC Counseling Locations

Haworth College of Business
3110 Schneider Hall
Western Michigan University 
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5416
Phone: (269) 387-6004
Fax: (269) 387-5710

Michigan Economic Development Corporation provides Government Procurement Opportunities through Business Opportunity Forums held in the community. Website:

Michigan Minority Business Development Council (MMBDC) assists in providing MBE certification services for small business owners. The MMBDC coordinates and facilitate business relationships and procurement opportunities among MMBDC Minority Business Enterprises and Corporate members. The Michigan Minority Business Development Council is a privately funded, non-profit, corporate services organization. It is comprised of major corporations and public entities in education, industry, finance, professional services, construction, consumer products and health care-organizations that are tapping into the emerging multicultural marketplace.

Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency (SMCAA) provides credit counseling services for individuals seeking to develop a small business.

Great Lakes Women's Business Center: The Women's Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance serves as a partner with the Great Lakes Women's Business Center the Michigan Women's Business Council (MWBC) and the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) to assist women business owners with opportunities for Women's Enterprise Business Certification and access to private and government markets.

Michigan Works! provides facilities throughout Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties in order to accomodate the courses conducted by the Women's Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance. Additionally, they are providing space at their Dowagiac location for one-on-one counseling by the Women's Business Center. Website:

Western Michigan University Southwest is providing their state-of-art new Southwest facility located on the campus of Lake Michigan College for presentations, seminars, and classes of the Women's Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance. Additional support will include using the staff of Western as instructors for various training courses held. Website:

Small Business Administration works with the Women's Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance to assist women to achieve their dreams and improve their communities by helping them start and run successful businesses, regardless of social or financial disadvantage, race, ethnicity or business background. Website: