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Featured Resources on Entrepreneurship


eCities is U-M Dearborn’s annual research study of local communities wishing to share their knowledge concerning entrepreneurship, economic development, and job growth. Cities, townships and villages that participate receive a “benchmark” report.

Champions of a New Economy recognizes those "who successfully diversity Michigan's economy by starting a new business or leading a dramatic transformation at an existing company." Sponsored by the Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan.

The Importance of Startups in Job Creation and Job Destruction (PDF) is a report from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation on start-ups as a major driver for job growth in the U.S. based upon U.S. Census  Bureau business dynamic statistics.

East Lansing Technology Innovation Center facilitates the development of a technology-based economy in the mid-Michigan region and bolsters the region's professional workforce. It is a partnership of the city of East Lansing, Lansing Regional SmartZone, East Lansing Downtown Development Authority and the Local Development Finance Authority.

TechTown, Wayne State University Research and Technology Park stimulates job growth and small-business creation by developing companies in emerging high-technology industries including advanced engineering, life sciences and alternative  energy. is a free business census containing more than 19.4 million active  establishments.The online tool helps communities gather information and data about business activity in their area and find out how they stand up to other communities.

Creating  Entrepreneurial Communities Project is an initiative administered by Michigan State University’s Land Policy Institute “to build community support for entrepreneurs.” Eight Michigan communities are participating in a three-year project (2010-2013) to build a strong community foundation, then develop and implement their programs.

The 2011 Independent Business Survey from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance finds that independent businesses located in communities with an active "buy local" campaign operated by a local business organization experienced markedly strong revenue growth in 2010 compared to those in areas without such an initiative.


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