Grand Valley’s Muskegon Innovation Hub will receive $1.7 million in grants to provide guidance and resources for West Michigan entrepreneurs and help support small businesses.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced November 9 that the Muskegon Innovation Hub was one of 27 organizations selected from hundreds of applicants to receive grant funds from the state’s Small Business Support Hub program.
Kevin Ricco, director of the Muskegon Innovation Hub, said the grant will allow the center to have a broader and deeper reach across its footprint through Muskegon, Oceana, Newaygo, Mason and western Kent and northern Ottawa counties.
“The grant is going to allow us to really grow what we do and definitely reach further into those communities that we know we serve and represent,” Ricco said. “We just haven’t had the staff or the resources to do it.”
Ricco added that a $200,000 segment of the grant will help provide funding directly to small businesses and entrepreneurs who may struggle in securing capital.
“There are a number of grant programs that exist at the state level that exist to help high tech companies,” Ricco said. “But then there are a lot of other entrepreneurs and small businesses that struggle to find funding and help. This is going to give us an opportunity to help that segment that doesn't have another alternative.”