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Fundraising, Raising Capital

Note: See our Opportunities and Funding pages for our up-to-date listings.


Local Resources

These organizations work specifically to help bring capital to developing businesses in Greater Lansing.

City of East Lansing

The Downtown/Cultural Entrepreneurship Program provides grants and/or loans designed to support entrepreneurship in retail and art-related businesses: City of East Lansing: Financial Assistance

Entrepreneur Institute of Mid-Michigan

The Entrepreneur Institute of Mid-Michigan offers a Micro-Loan program for entrepreneurs who cannot obtain credit through traditional means:

The Lansing Economic Development Corporation

The LEDC has a variety of business development programs offering loan and grants:

Resources for Creatives

Fractured Atlas

Provides fiscal sponsorship, insurance, ticketing software, online tools, and special offers for members of the creative community.

Artist Help Network

Artist Help Network is an online career resource for artists of all disciplines, and includes extensive resource lists on grants and funding, accounting and bookkeeping, business volunteers for the arts, accountants, pricing, grant writers, and bartering organizations, as well as other career concerns for artists.

Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF)

CERF+ is a national artists’ service organization whose mission is to safeguard and sustain the careers of craft artists and provide emergency resources.


GYST provides software, publications, and other services for artists by artists including database software and technology solutions.

Big Cartel

Big Cartel provides clothing designers, bands, jewelry makers, crafters, and other artists with their own customizable store to sell their stuff online.

Ponoko and Spoonflower

Make your own products on Ponoko by uploading product designs and selecting your materials. Pay instantly for your products, have them delivered, and then exchange your product ideas online.Spoonflower helps you design, print, and sell your own fabric, wallpaper, and decals. and 

General Business Resources

Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)

MEDC has a number of resources available for entrepreneurs and small businesses including the Michigan Business One Stop which includes an online resource center to help you begin operating a business in Michigan. The site includes a toolkit, a “resource navigator,” information on opportunities, and access to other business support organizations.

Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC)

Funded by the Small Business Administration, the SBTDC offers resource centers, classes, and counselors across Michigan. Classes and one-on-one support is available for the development of business plans, marketing plans, health care, and financial needs including financing and microloan assistance.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)

Supported by the Small Business Administration, SCORE is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow, and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.


Great Lakes Entrepreneur Quest (GLEQ)

Great Lakes Entrepreneurs Quest is a statewide business plan competition generating new business ideas and fostering emerging companies through business plan development coaching, mentoring and investor feedback.

Opportunity Resource Fund

The Opportunity Resource Fund provides loans through careful and flexible resource allocation to benefit Michigan communities. Micro-enterprise/small business loans and affordable housing loans are available.

Foundation Center

The Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed.

Crowd Funding Sites

Crowd-funding works in that people 'pledge' their interest in a project, usually for a nominal fee or for a significant amount of money. If the funds reach the target, the product–be it a theatre production, or funding for schools in Kenya—receives funding, and often gets taken up by a pre-existing company, and everyone's a winner. 





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