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What's New
Waterfront strategy’s focus shifts to growth, economic development
Niagara This Week (4/4)
Regional programs designed to enhance Niagara, N.Y., waterfronts through financial incentives are shifting gears to concentrate on the region’s new focus on economic development and prosperity.

Detroit plan to profit on water looks half empty
The New York Times (5/27)
As Detroit seeks to settle its debts and chart a viable course for the future, one of its best sources of revenue, clean water for sale, may be evaporating.

Three Illinois groups receive grants for environmental restoration
The Associated Press (7/27)
A public-private partnership has awarded more than $700,000 to three Illinois organizations for environmental restoration projects.

Building a sustainable Huron
The Huron Expositor (2/26)
Huron County is launching a pilot program to promote local sustainable business practices. The Sustainable Business and Efficiencies Project is a tri-partite program between the county, the Huron Manufacturing Association and Lura Consulting, a Toronto-based firm that helps build sustainable communities.

Detroit chamber joins effort to push Great Lakes growth
The Detroit News (4/15)
In one of its largest-ever strategy shifts, the Detroit Regional Chamber has joined nearly 30 other business groups to lobby the nation's top leaders to support a comprehensive economic growth agenda for the Great Lakes region, including support for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Brookings: Great Lakes needs VC superfund
Business First of Columbus (1/29)
A massive venture capital fund that pumps money into Great Lakes businesses is crucial for the economy of the region to move beyond its Rust Belt status, says a white paper released Friday by the Brookings Institution public policy think tank.

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General Resources
Business Development Advisory Services Program
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
Collects and analyzes annual business activity data useful for businesses to evaluate trends and for community officials to plan development.

National Center for Industrial Competitiveness
NCIC helps technology based companies in Ohio and the Great Lakes region by providing financial, technical and management support.

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Health and Safety
Health and Safety Collection
U.S. Department of Commerce
Provides the latest information on federal government medical research, regulatory information and guidelines, health care policy analysis and audiovisual training products.

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International Trade
Great Lakes Trade Adjustment Assistance Center
U.S. Department of Commerce
Provides technical and management assistance to import-impacted firms in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

U.S. Export Assistance Centers
U.S. Department of Commerce
EAC's provide, in a single convenient location, hands-on export marketing and trade finance support for small and medium-sized companies.

INDIANA
International Trade Division
Access Indiana
Helps Indiana companies find new markets overseas through its 14 foreign trade offices.

MINNESOTA
International Trade Assistance
Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development
Assistance is available for Minnesota businesses pursuing international markets.

MNRPO
Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development
An informational resource for tracking land, industrial, office, and retail space available for sale or lease in Minnesota while also providing detailed information on communities.

OHIO
International Trade Division
Department of Development
The division promotes exports for Ohio manufacturing and service companies and encourages reverse investment in Ohio.

ONTARIO
Getting Ready to Export
Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism
This guide was designed to introduce Ontario firms to the fundamentals of export success and the resources available to them.

Trade and Investment
Industry Canada
Information on international business analysis and opportunities.

WISCONSIN
International Division Outreach Consultants
Wisconsin Department of Commerce
The program provides services that help Wisconsin exporters access foreign markets.

International Topics
Wisconsin Department of Commerce
Provides information on export sales, trade shows and export data.

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Minorities and Women
Minority and Women Owned Businesses
New York Empire State Development
New York State's Division of Minority - and Women-owned Business Development helps the state's minority and women's business community to access all the services offered by Empire State Development (ESD).

Minority Business Development Agency
U.S. Department of Commerce
MBDA is the only federal agency specifically created to encourage the creation, growth and expansion of minority-owned businesses in the United States.

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Small Businesses
Canadian Technology Network, Ontario
Industry Canada
Provides contact information for the Canadian Technology Network which gives access to a wide range of technology assistance via advisors.

Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program
Penn State University
The program, focusing on small businesses, provides free scientific and technological assistance and information to help resolve specific technical questions.

U.S. Small Business Administration
Provides local SBA resources, broken down by state.

Small Business Development Centers
Indiana SBDC
U.S. Small Business Administration

Michigan SBDC
Grand Valley State University

Minnesota SBDC
Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development

New York SBDC
State and City University of New York

Ohio SBDC
Small Business Administration

Pennsylvania SBDC
Small Business Administration

Wisconsin SBDC
University of Wisconsin

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State and Provincial Resources
ILLINOIS
Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP)
Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs
Information on grants, job training, technical assistance for manufacturers, educational programs for local officials, and more.

TechBASE
Illinois Coalition
A single portal for technology entrepreneurs to find a comprehensive set of business assistance services, funding sources, trade organizations, networking groups and more throughout the state of Illinois.

INDIANA
Indiana Business Assistance Programs
Indiana Department of Commerce
Information on grant programs, job training, marketing assistance and environmental programs.

Indiana Business Assistance Programs: Incentives
Indiana Department of Commerce
Information for anyone interested in doing business in Indiana., such as tax and cost comparisons, financial incentives and other resources.

MICHIGAN
Business & Industrial Assistance Division
University of Michigan Business School
BIAD provides management and technical assistance to business, non-profit organizations and local governments.

Business Services
State of Michigan
Information on starting and expanding a business.

MINNESOTA
Business Development
Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development
Business assistance services, including financial, training, relocation and industry-specific assistance.

Tourism Business
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Information on developing a tourism business in Minnesota.

NEW YORK
Investing in New York
New York Empire State Development
Overview and contact information for business services in the state.

OHIO
Businesses - Why Ohio?
Ohio Department of Development
Information network for businesses in Ohio.

National Center for Industrial Competitiveness
NCIC helps technology based companies in Ohio and the Great Lakes region by providing financial, technical and management support.

ONTARIO
Canadian Technology Network, Ontario
Industry Canada
Provides contact information for the Canadian Technology Network which gives access to a wide range of technology assistance via advisors.

Starting a Small Business in Ontario
Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism
Information on legal, taxation, intellectual property and labor regulations.

PENNSYLVANIA
Business in PA
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
The network can put you in touch with the resources you need to make business decisions and obtain information about business assistance programs.

Governor's Action Team of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
A group of economic development professionals assisting companies either expanding or locating in Pennsylvania.

QUEBEC
Canadian Technology Network: Quebec
Industry Canada
Provides contact information for the Canadian Technology Network which gives access to a wide range of technology and related business assistance via advisors.

WISCONSIN
Business Assistance and Financing
Wisconsin Department of Development
Information starting a business in Wisconsin, financial assistance, and programs for disadvantaged entrepreneurs.

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Technical Resources
Information Technology Laboratory
National Institute of Standards and Technology
The laboratory responds to industry and user needs for objective and neutral tests for information technology.

TechBASE
Illinois Coalition
A single portal for technology entrepreneurs to find a comprehensive set of business assistance services, funding sources, trade organizations, networking groups and more throughout the state of Illinois.

Technology Services Information System
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Provides a variety of services to help U.S. industry and trade, academia and the general public to improve the quality, reduce the cost and strengthen the competitiveness of their products.

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Related Resources
GLIN: Agencies and Organizations, Economy
GLIN: Economic Development in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Jobs and Careers in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Workforce Development in the Great Lakes Region

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