MISBDC Lands Export Award

    GRAND RAPIDS — The Michigan Small Business Development Center is being recognized for its work with small and medium-sized businesses, new businesses and the import-export industry.

    The center received an Export Achievement Certificate from the U.S. Department of Commerce, presented by Congressman Vern Ehlers, R-Grand Rapids, yesterday at Grand Valley State University.

    The center is a part of the Seidman School of Business outreach program and Carol Lopucki, director of the center, has led the state in providing existing and potential entrepreneurs with counseling, training and market research services.

    Through the statewide network, the center works to launch new ventures and often turns many of its clients over to the Commercial Service Export Assistance Centers, which then assist the clients with export initiatives.

    “It is a highly successful partnership,” said Thomas Maguire, of the U.S. Department of Commerce. “The certificate is awarded to exporters of special merit and to our partners who strongly support us, the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration and Commercial Service Export Assistance Centers.”

    McGuire, an international trade specialist is director of the department’s Grand Rapids Export Assistance Center.

    Both Lopucki and David Mielke, dean of the Seidman School of Business, are members of the Michigan District Export Council, appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. They indicate their membership on the council demonstrates their intense interest in furthering exports by small and medium-sized businesses, the mainstay of the U.S. economy.

    The effort also parallels the work of the Small Business Development Center, which includes providing counsel, training, research and advocacy for Michigan’s new business ventures, existing small businesses, expanding new businesses, new technology companies and innovators.

    As the host of the center’s state headquarters, the Seidman School of Business oversees the 12-region MI-SBDC network.           

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