Partnership, state center join up to help small businesses

MARQUETTE – The Lake Superior Community Partnership has entered into a one-year agreement with the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center.

The LSCP will provide business services under the MI-SBTDC processes and have access to its resources.

“We will be providing retention, expansion and start-up business services to Marquette County clients,” said Amy Clickner, LSCP chief executive officer, in a prepared statement. “Basically, all of the same services we currently provide, but we’ll use the MI-SBTDC metrics process and have access to a wide range of technical assistance and resources.”

The goal of the agreement is to streamline services and provide the most efficient and effective business development services for the future.

Both groups will continue to serve clients throughout Marquette County.

Clickner said the LSCP has partnered with the MI-SBTDC for many years, so the new formal relationship is a natural next step.

“Ultimately, both organizations are focused on providing the services necessary to assist existing and start-up business clients in Marquette County,” she said.

Joel Schultz, MI-SBTDC director, said in a press release, “I believe this collaboration will help avoid duplication of resources, increase the amount of access opportunities for small businesses and assure an overall level of consistency and quality for all of our deliverables.”

The LSCP, 501 S. Front St., is a regional resource for economic development that connects businesses, organizations, leaders and legislators.

The MI-SBTDC, headquartered at Grand Valley State University, provides counseling, training, research and advocacy for new ventures, existing small businesses and innovative tech companies. It serves various regions, including the Upper Peninsula.

Christie Bleck can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250. Her email address is