HOME TOWNSHIP — The Montcalm County Business Resource Center (MCBRC) — located in the Home Township Library in Edmore — was created specifically for entrepreneurs who need a place to investigate potential business concepts prior to launching a new business.
The resource center was started by the Montcalm Alliance with funding from a Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth entrepreneurial grant.
The Montcalm Alliance believes research and the creation of viable business plans are the foundations which support business startups, ideas and innovation in the entrepreneurial process.
The resource center offers a self-directed approach to enhance this process. A dedicated area in a room at the back of the library is equipped with an online computer, scanner and printer. Users have direct access to the state of Michigan website for specific business startup requirements and available grants. The center is stocked with a selection of books with startup ideas, plans and concepts, including the “How to Start a Business” series.
“People can come on in anytime when the library’s open to use the center,” said Anthony Stickler, assistant to Montcalm Alliance Executive Director Franz Mogdis. “However, the books have to stay here at the library and cannot be checked out.”
People can request further assistance and information by putting their name on the request form located at the center. Handouts from the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center are available, as well as assistance from SCORE — a nonprofit association providing education and mentorship to help small businesses get started.
The Home Township Library staff and board of directors support use of the center and invite people to utilize its offerings, according to Library Director Jonelle Ball.
“There are many resource books for people to search for details about out how to start a small business,” Ball said. “We are glad to help facilitate this process.”
Home Township Library — located at 329 E. Main Street in Edmore — hours are available online at www.edmore.llcoop.org.
For more information, contact Stickler at (989) 831-5261.