Small Business Development

Small Business & Startup Development

The City of Battle Creek Small Business Development (SBD) team delivers economic development services to small businesses throughout the community. Guided by the Small Business Development Strategic Plan, the city employs economic development professionals who work to attract investment, and facilitate small business growth and development.

The city's small business development efforts are led by Development Director John Hart. John works closely with his team and city staff in Planning and Zoning, Inspections, and Community Development to provide comprehensive economic development services to small businesses, with an emphasis on women- and minority-owned businesses.

Visit the Small Business Development website for more information by clicking here.

Together, this group makes up the city's SBD team, with services including:

Business Attraction & Retention

  • Recruitment -- attract new investment to the community
  • Retention calls
  • Data collection and management
  • Research -- best practices
  • Business incentives
  • Access to capital

Marketing & Communications

  • Downtown website
  • Social media marketing
  • Commercial/retail sales kit
  • Development Request for Proposals

Access to Recreation, Cultural, & Leisure Opportunities

  • Event programming
  • Event staffing and support


  • Business Improvement Districts
    • Columbia Avenue BID
    • Dickman Road BID
  • TIF Districts
    • DDA, LDDA
  • Property management -- DDA and City of Battle Creek
  • Loan administration
    • Micro-lending and business incentive portfolio
  • Grant administration

Community Development

  • Affordable housing
  • CDBG administration
    • Community Development planning
    • Placemaking support
  1. John Hart

    Development Director
    Phone: 269-966-3355 ext. 1191

  2. Jade Bolden

    Marketing and Promotions Specialist
    Phone: 269-966-3355 ext. 1192

  3. Ryan Fleury

    Technical and Administrative Coordinator
    Phone: 269-966-3355 ext. 1194