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New web portal helps business

Posted on May 07, 2010

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Valley State University is home to a variety of intellectual and technical resources that may be helpful to businesses. Now, those business owners, entrepreneurs and others can find those resources in one location, thanks to a new website launched this week at

"Grand Valley has one of the most comprehensive business support networks in Michigan, and this new portal will help the university share its knowledge, expertise, and opportunities regionally and beyond," said Seidman College of Business Dean H. James Williams.

The site collects 17 different entities within Grand Valley and offers both organizational and topical links to a wide range of consulting, training, market specialization, research and other services. The project was spearheaded by Carol Lopucki, state director of the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center. Lopucki said she wanted to help connect entrepreneurs to the assistance they need to be successful.

"Grand Valley has increased its outreach programs and truly has a tremendous variety of services to offer to the business community," Lopucki said. "We decided that we needed to bring everyone together and package this so the community can understand it and navigate through and access the resources they need."

The site's target audiences include the business community and economic development professionals. The organizations represented include:

  • Annis Water Resources Institute
  • Business Ethics Center
  • Career Services
  • Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Continuing Education
  • Family Business Alliance
  • Family Owned Business Institute
  • Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center (MAREC)
  • Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center
  • Regional Math and Science Center
  • Seidman Information Services
  • Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing
  • Sustainable Community Development Initiative
  • Technology Commercialization Office
  • U.S. Commercial Service
  • Van Andel Global Trade Center
  • West Michigan Science & Technology Initiative

Grand Valley State University attracts more than 24,400 students with high-quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities. Grand Valley is a comprehensive university serving students from all 83 Michigan counties and dozens of other states and foreign countries. Grand Valley offers 77 undergraduate and 28 graduate degree programs from campuses in Allendale, Grand Rapids and Holland, and from regional centers in Muskegon and Traverse City. The university is dedicated to individual student achievement, going beyond the traditional classroom experience, with research opportunities and business partnerships.

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