Small Business Development
Are you a small business in Battle Creek affected by the ongoing pandemic? We have a small business, 0 interest loan program available, with priority for businesses with 10 or less employees, in four target commercial areas.
Read more here, and click the image for a full-size flyer with full details.
Deadline to apply is Monday, May 11!
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 Manager John Hart. John works closely with Business Development and Retention Manager Valerie Byrnes, 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.
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
- Affordable housing
- CDBG administration
- Community Development planning
- Placemaking support
John HartDevelopment ManagerPhone: 269-966-3355 ext. 1191
Valerie ByrnesBusiness Retention and Development ManagerPhone: 269-966-3355 ext. 1193
Jacquie McLeanMarketing and Promotion SpecialistPhone: 269-966-3355 ext. 1192
David MoriTechnical and Administrative CoordinatorPhone: 269-966-3355 ext. 1194