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2020 Washtenaw County Small Business Capital Report

sq cover graphic - 2020 Washtenaw County Small Business Capital Report - final version from EntryPoint

In developing the 2020 Washtenaw County Small Business Capital Report, EntryPoint was pleased to have the opportunity to partner with the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation and Revalue, organizations committed to promoting sustainable and inclusive economic growth in their regions. In an effort to better understand the flow of capital and resources in the county, its impact,…

7 National Entrepreneurial Research Organizations You Should Know

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Research organizations and firms throughout the country specialize in collecting data and making recommendations to governments, corporations, technology startups, financial institutions, and small businesses. While it may seem as though these research organizations offer similar consulting expertise, they in fact are as diverse as the people and industries they serve. When evaluating these firms, it…

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Startup Community

It’s not an exaggeration to say that the past year has been fraught with turbulence. Political tensions, social unrest, and, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic have all generated a great deal of uncertainty throughout communities, including their economies. Even the Ann Arbor region, which is consistently ranked among the best places in which to live…

EntryPoint Releases 2020 Ann Arbor Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Report

Ann Arbor Startups Raise Nearly One Billion in Venture Capital Funding EntryPoint, a nonprofit research institution that delivers comprehensive research insights and implements effective data-driven programs to promote entrepreneurship across the Midwest, today announced the release of the 2020 Ann Arbor Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Report. The report provides research insights and themes affecting the entrepreneurial ecosystem,…

Societal and Entrepreneurial Trends Through the Generations: Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials and Gen Z

The current upheaval of COVID-19 on the economy has pushed young entrepreneurs to pivot. Our recent research on minority-owned startups and small businesses in Michigan alone has pointed to some of the challenges that these young entrepreneurs face. However, it’s crucial to put this current economy into perspective by reflecting on the trends that have…

Less Talk, More Walk: The Need for Proactive Inclusion in Entrepreneurship

While the number of businesses owned by people of color in Michigan has increased over the last six years, large disparities in resources and representation still exist and the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated many of these obstacles. Systemic inequalities that affect minority-owned businesses cause operational challenges that are evident across all aspects of the small…

Guest Post: The Six Things Top Talent Looks for in a New Job

purpose.jobs connects top talent with purpose-driven startups based on values, experience, and culture fit. To attract top talent, Ryan Landau, founder of purpose.jobs, found that a healthy company culture is crucial, especially for startups. As featured in the 2020 Detroit Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Report, he shares the six attributes that candidates are looking for in a…

Importance of Buying Local for a Faster Economic Recovery

The current pandemic has negatively impacted nearly all aspects of the economy, including small businesses and startups. According to EntryPoint's COVID-19 Business Impact Report, much like the rest of the nation, 97% of businesses in the Ann Arbor, MI region have been impacted by COVID-19 and 88% of businesses have less than 25 employees. When…

EntryPoint Releases Washtenaw County COVID-19 Business Impact Report

Research Insights From Over 400 Businesses Across Washtenaw County Reveal the Impact of COVID-19 EntryPoint, a nonprofit research institution that delivers comprehensive research insights and implements effective data-driven programs to promote entrepreneurship across the Midwest, today announced the release of the Washtenaw County COVID-19 Business Impact Report. The report reveals the impact of COVID-19 on…

Guest Post: Why Equitable and Inclusive Entrepreneurship Matters

Build Institute empowers people to launch ideas and grow businesses by providing access to education, resources, and a supportive engaged community. While Detroit’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is continually growing, April Boyle, Founder and Executive Director of Build Institute, found that it is becoming even more critical to support women and people of color in Detroit due…