Small Business & Startups

Start Garden, Michigan SBDC, GROW and more


Decision affects online retailers

June ruling by Supreme Court on Wayfair case states online businesses must pay sales tax.

July 20, 2018
“In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Read More

BBB teams up with FTC to stop small-business scams

Operation Main Street combines law enforcement, educational outreach to help small enterprises prevent monetary loss.

July 20, 2018
A recent report shows the risk of monetary loss for small businesses due to fraud is growing — and a group of partners is acting to arrest that trend. Read More

Lebanese restaurant temporarily closes after chef-owner's injury

July 20, 2018
A long-time Lebanese restaurant in the area is “closed temporarily” after its owner and only chef sustained an injury. Read More

Manufacturer releases pool float

July 20, 2018
A local manufacturer has developed a new heavy-duty, multi-purpose pool float. Read More

Electronics recycling company earns B Corp status

July 17, 2018
A local business that recycles electronics has been certified as a B Corp. Read More

Marketing agency on the move

July 16, 2018
The creators of the "Watch Muskegon" community marketing campaign are relocating. Read More

Entrepreneurs win Start Garden cash

July 16, 2018
Ten entrepreneurs claimed $20,000 each through Start Garden’s 100 Ideas initiative. Read More

New brewery strives for inclusivity

Kings Brewery would be first African-American-owned brewery in state.

July 13, 2018
Michigan’s first African-American-owned brewery was one of last week’s winners of Start Garden’s 100 Ideas. And a $20,000 cash prize is bringing the vision closer to opening day. Read More

Farm opens beef retail store

Schaendorf Cattle Co. in Hopkins adds brick-and-mortar sales while also expanding wholesale business.

July 13, 2018
A family-owned West Michigan dairy operation ventured into raising beef last year and just opened a storefront. Read More

Partners launch eco-friendly food truck pilot

July 11, 2018
A local Mexican restaurant is opening an eco-friendly “mobile food café” with a little help this week. Read More