Granholm Announces MISBTDC

February 6, 2003
| By Katy Rent |
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GRAND RAPIDS — Gov. Jennifer Granholm announced this morning that Michigan's Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC) network has been awarded the coveted national technology designation from the U.S Small Business Administration.

The MI-SBDC is one of only two SBDC networks in the nation to receive this designation. North Carolina's network has the other one.

As part of the certification process the MI-SBDC, now known as the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC), fully integrated technology assistance into its strategic plan.

"This partnership embodies much of what I said last night (in the State of the State address)," said Granholm. "We want to create this technology tri-corridor and our goal is to make Michigan a top location for technology companies looking to grow and expand. This designation puts out the welcome mat. My economic plan focuses on bringing high-tech, high-wage jobs to our state and the MI-SBDCs will play an integral role in making Michigan a competitor in the technology sector."

To receive the designation the statewide network, which is based at Grand Valley State University, had to prove a strong commitment to the allocation of both human and financial resources to serve technology-based businesses.

"We are proud of our partnership with the Small Business Development Center and this partnership really reinforces the strength and power partnerships can have," said Mark Murray, GVSU president. "This designation increases our ability to serve the state's small businesses."           

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