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May 1, 2018
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The state’s business development center and a bank are launching a webinar series this week for business owners.

The Michigan Small Business Development Center, or MI-SBDC, is providing a weekly series of online trainings, underwritten by Fifth Third Bank in West Michigan.

“The Michigan SBDC provides consulting to over 5,500 businesses a year, giving us valuable insight into the most common challenges and questions entrepreneurs face when starting and growing their business,” said Ed Garner, interim state director, MI-SBDC.

“These trainings provide the fundamentals of business success and cover some of the most important aspects of starting and growing a sustainable company.”

The free webinars — which discuss topics such as starting a business, writing a business plan, financial management and marketing your business — will be 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays from May 2 to June 27.

Participants can learn more and register online.

Recordings of the webinars will be made available to entrepreneurs following the presentations.

The webinars are targeted to startups that are not yet in business, established businesses and small business and entrepreneurial service organizations.

Fifth Third Bancorp

Fifth Third Bancorp (Nasdaq: FITB) is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati.

It is the holding company for Fifth Third Bank, established in 1858.

Fifth Third operates 1,153 full-service banking centers and 2,459 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina.

As of March 31, the company had $142 billion in assets.

Michigan Small Business Development Center

The MI-SBDC provides consulting, business education, secondary market research and technology commercialization services to Michigan’s new business ventures and existing small businesses throughout Michigan’s 83 counties.

It is headquartered at the Grand Valley State University Seidman College of Business on the Robert C. Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids.

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