GRAND RAPIDS — The new Venture Plan Online course, offered by the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center, is designed to help build and update business plans in an online setting, while still providing individual assistance from an industry business consultant.

“It is critical that both current and future business owners develop their business plans, but not all business owners are able to find the time to focus on this process,” said Cathleen Kaiser, MI-SBTDC statewide training manager. “The Venture Plan Online course has been tailored to allow owners the flexibility to develop their business plans without dramatically changing their workday schedule.”

The eight-week online program uses several tools to lead the course and assist in building and updating business plans. The program includes an hour-long Webinar led weekly by business and industry experts, video and textbook resources, program specific business planning software, and a MI-SBTDC consultant to work directly with the owner to develop an individual business plan.

Upon finishing the course, participants will have a completed business plan, continued access to a MI-SBTDC business consultant and valuable resources to grow their businesses. 

The February and March Venture Plan Online courses filled quickly with more than 200 participants now actively working on their business plans with MI-SBTDC consultants.

Business owners are able to register for the May 1 and June 4 Venture Plan Online opportunities. Cost for the course is $90 (list price is $450) which is due upon registration. The program has been generously discounted by a grant from the MSU Broadband Technology Opportunity Program. To register or for more information, call (616) 331-7480 or email

The Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC) provides counseling, business education, information-based planning and technology commercialization to new and existing businesses throughout Michigan’s 83 counties.

The MI-SBTDC is located at the Grand Valley State University Seidman College of Business in downtown Grand Rapids. As host of the MI-SBTDC State Headquarters, the Seidman College of Business oversees the 11-region MI-SBTDC network.

Entrepreneurs and small business owners may access the services of their nearest MI-SBTDC by calling (616) 331-7480 or visiting


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