Local First Mid Michigan is committed to helping local businesses thrive. This resource section aims to provide links that will help your local business grow and stay at the forefront of today’s market.

Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce
The chamber is the largest business organization in the tri-county region, serving a business population of more than 14,000 companies.  We are dedicated to making business in this region more profitable by providing programs that create new customers, enhance member visibility and create a prosperous economic environment. Our members rely on four key areas to help them succeed: Business Advocacy, Expansion, Savings and Exposure.

Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Resource Center
The Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Resource Center enhances Michigan’s economic well-being by providing counseling, training, research and advocacy for new ventures, existing small businesses and innovative technology companies.
The Lansing Community College’s Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center at the Business & Community Institute’s mission is to contribute the promotion of economic development by assisting in the creation of new small business and the retention and expansion of existing small businesses. They provide technical assistance to prospective and existing business owners and managers in Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Ionia, Livingston, and Shiawassee counties.

Region 8 Contact: Tom Donaldson, Regional Director SBTDC, 309 N. Washington Sq., Suite 115, P.O. Box 40010, Lansing, MI 48933. Phone: (517) 483-1921 Fax: (517) 483-1675 E-mail:

Michigan Retailers Association – “Ask Michigan Retailers”
Ask Michigan Retailers is a monthly question-and-answer column published in the Michigan Retailer and distributed via e-mail to chambers of commerce and newspapers throughout the state.

Small Business Association of Michigan
Joining the Small Business Association of Michigan gives your business access to valuable members-only content to answer your tough questions, products to save you money and resources to help you get ahead.

Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA),4601,7-154-11407—,00.html
An important resource for safety and health standards for the State of Michigan.

Buy Michigan First
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm initiated Buy Michigan First to encourage Michigan businesses, including underrepresented vendor groups, to register with the State as vendors and bid on more than 1,200 contract opportunities valued at over $19 billion.

CADL (Capital Area District Library)
MARC is a part of the Capital Area District Library’s CADL Business Resource Center: