MUSKEGON — A series of new programs at Grand Valley State University’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center will provide assistance for energy and technology entrepreneurs to develop and grow in any stage of business ownership.

The Virtual Tenant Program is designed for individuals or groups of entrepreneurs who need business services, resources and meeting spaces, but are not ready for a dedicated office space. MAREC provides virtual tenants with access to meeting spaces, business development opportunities, support services and training programs. The first virtual tenant is McKenzie Bay, a renewable energy group that was previously an onsite tenant.

“Walk-in Wednesdays” invites business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs and business start-ups to visit MAREC from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. any Wednesday to learn about the facility, programs, events and services.

The Incubator Tenant Referral Program rewards individuals whose referrals result in a tenant incubator agreement. Rewards vary by space and length of agreement resulting from referral. The reward offer will be in effect from Aug. 1 through Dec. 31.

Joe Graczyk, incubator manager for MAREC and management professor in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley, said these new programs are designed to establish connections with young, high-tech companies and initiatives throughout the Lakeshore region.

“We want to provide diverse opportunities for business owners to grow no matter what stage their business is in,” he said.

For more information, contact Joe Graczyk at or (616) 331-6914, or visit


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