Business Counseling

Small Business Success

The SBDC has 11 Regional offices and 30 satellite offices throughout Michigan. We work jointly with the Northeast Michigan Regional Office to provide small businesses with access to counseling, training, technical assistance, research

The Otsego County Economic Alliance (OCEA) works closely with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to provide tools and resources that will help your business succeed and serving as an advocate for your business.

Whether you are a start-up or an existing business, OCEA can help. The Economic Alliance’s SBDC Representative Dave Emmel can provide free, personalized, one-on-one assistance in areas such as:

  • Developing a business or a marketing plan
  • Financial analysis
  • Skills management
  • Problem solving
  • Building management skills

To meet with an OCEA or SBDC Representative call:

Lisa McComb, Executive Director (OCEA) (989) 731-0288 Direct Line or (989) 731-0287

Dave Emmel, Senior Business Consultant (SBDC) (989)590-7743 


Visit the Michigan Small Business Development Center


Further local financial information such as: tax abatements, financing, state level incentives, and micro-loan financing can be obtained through the Economic Alliance, at 989-721-0287


Become a Volunteer… Help Make Dreams Come True

Are you passionate about entrepreneurship?

SCORE is always on the lookout for people that are committed to our goal of fueling small business success. SCORE volunteers provide confidential business mentoring services, both in person and online.

As a SCORE Volunteer you can:

  • Share your success and expertise through mentoring
  • Lead workshops and seminars
  • Provide online or telephone mentoring directly from your home or office
  • Serve in a leadership capacity with SCORE
  • Serve in another capacity at SCORE (Marketing, IT, administration, finance, fundraising, HR, etc.)
  • Have flexibility with your volunteer time
  • You may visit their official website at

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