Small business is vital to Michigan’s economy. Amanda Blondeau from Northern Initiatives joins us to discuss why it’s so important, the work she does with businesses across Michigan, and how entrepreneurs can best succeed in starting their own venture.
We’re happy to be joined by Chief Strategy Officer Amanda Blondeau from Northern Initiatives — a nonprofit, Community Development Financial Institution. They work with businesses that can’t get access to traditional financing and provide them with coaching and support that small businesses don’t get from typical lenders.
According to the Small Business Administration, 49% of people in Michigan work for a small business. Of course, the past 18 months have placed a great strain on businesses across all sectors. Amanda shares her insight and experience as we discuss the importance of small business, Northern Initiatives’ new online learning portal for small businesses, and advice for entrepreneurs looking to start their own venture.