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March 20 event to highlight "economic gardening" resources for small and second-stage businesses

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GRAND RAPIDS — The number and type of new resources for existing small businesses in Michigan are growing. That's a focus of a March 20 workshop in Grand Rapids on economic gardening, a key strategy the Michigan Economic Development Corp. is deploying to help existing businesses grow.

The event features keynote speaker Mark Lange, executive director of the Edward Lowe Foundation in Cassopolis. Also speaking are SBAM CEO Rob Fowler; Bonnie Alfonso, president and chief embellishment officer of Alfie Logo Gear for Work & Play in Traverse City; and Yan Ness, CEO of Online Tech Inc. of Ann Arbor. The Grand Rapids workshop is scheduled for 7:30-10 a.m., March 20, at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in downtown. The event is presented by the Small Business Association of Michigan and Crain Communications, publisher of Crain's Detroit Business and Crain's Michigan BusinessMiBiz is a media sponsor.

A 2011 white paper published by the Lowe Foundation affirmed the need for economic development strategies that blend growing existing business with nurturing startups and recruiting business investments. The white paper, prepared for the Lowe Foundation by Walls & Associates of Oakland, Calif., showed that 71 percent of job growth in the U.S. from 1990 to 2008 came from existing or expanding companies.  

Tickets are $60, but MiBiz readers can get a specially discounted rate by registering here

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