Alliance brings vision, mission, and strategic goals to life

  • To build partnerships and collaborations between the university and external entities that contribute to the enrichment of society in the region, the state and beyond

Quality service to business community

  • Business development
  • University role in community
  • Real life labs

Business Development

  • Creates regional economic vitality through training, assistance and research
  • Provides support to core of region---SMEs, start-ups, techs and family owned businesses
  • Delivers products and services in a seamless, collaborative manner

University Role in Community Development

  • Strengthens University involvement in community
  • Provides quality service to business clients
  • Fulfills call for public university’s role in economic development

Real Life Laboratory

  • Quality Instruction + Life Experience = Leadership in Undergraduate Education
  • Attraction and retention of top students and faculty
  • Valuable experience desired by potential employers

An Opportunity for the University

  • Increases competitive advantage – no other Michigan University has this depth of business services
  • Demonstrates support for local business community – University is actively involved in business and economic development
  • Increases University reach and exposure - five entities delivering services and programs under the GVSU logo

Career Services
Offers opportunities for organizations to recruit students and alumni, including on-line job postings and resumes, career fairs, and on-campus recruitment

Coordinates internships and cooperative education opportunities

Maintains a Career Contact Bank which allows employers to connect with and mentor current students who are interested in making informed career decisions.

Family Owned Business Institute
Offers a clearinghouse of information and resources to those in the community on family owned business

Supports rigorous, relevant academic research in several different areas of family owned business

Encourages the involvement of family owned business in the university and disseminates knowledge out to the community

The Michigan Alternative and Renewable
Energy Center
Is an international destination point for researchers and businesses developing alternative energy technologies and applications

Is a leading resource for education and instruction on alternative energy

Michigan Small Business &
Technology Development Center
Provides one-on-one counseling to assist business owners with challenges and opportunities

Offers business oriented workshops and seminars

Supplies information on the characteristics of industry, market-place, competition, and customer demographics

U.S. Export Assistance Center
Export counseling services are available for organizations with regards to trade barriers, potential markets, and leads

Market research in the form of: Commercial Guides, Industry Sector Analyses, Marketing Insights, Multilateral Development Bank Reports, Best Markets, etc. Organizes trade missions and assists U.S. companies in the process of participating in international trade shows

Van Andel Global Trade Center
Provides world-class international business solutions for the small and medium sized company in the areas of exporting and importing services and foreign expansion

Delivers a full range of seminars, certificate programs, special events, and on-site custom training

Disseminates global resources

West Michigan Science & Technology Initiative
Links clients to technical expertise, financial assistance, and human resources that are necessary to turn innovative ideas into a market reality

Offers Technology Business Resource Consultant specialists to help in business development, federal grants or capital acquisition

Coordinates access to funding and capital sources providing assistance in preparing for access and presentations for investors.