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How to Start a Business

Old Town Saginaw

Starting a Business
Starting a business means going through an obstacle course of permits, licenses, forms and fees. We’re here to help you, every step of the way. The City of Saginaw's Development Guide is a great place to start, and for more information contact Bob Gollin, City of Saginaw Urban Planner by Email or Phone.

Saginaw is committed to being a proactive community, striving to provide economic growth and opportunity. Saginaw is a Redevelopment Ready Community (RRC), which means the City has been certified by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation in transparency, predictability, and efficiency into daily development practices. The majority of marketing work for the City is done by the Saginaw Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) and Saginaw Future.

The SEDC gives loans, hosts business fairs, and helps businesses in the City. The goals of the SEDC are to create and retain jobs, provide economic opportunities, and take part in redevelopment. For more information contact Kisha Smith, Economic Development Coordinator by Email or Phone.

Saginaw Future is a nonprofit alliance of local business, the Saginaw Country Chamber of Commerce, Country and City of Saginaw, 15 local municipalities, labor organizations and local foundations. Saginaw Future Inc. is involved in generating new investment and job growth in Saginaw Country. They can connect you with leaders in the community, help you find funding opportunities, and complete a building search to find a location for your business. For more information contact Cassi Miller, Business Development Manager by Email or Phone.

In Saginaw our private, non-profit and public organizations work really well together and regularly refer to others who have the skills and resources to solve your individual problem. Reaching out to anyone in the businesses and organizations below will lead you to the correct person who can help you best.

City of Saginaw, General
City of Saginaw, Business 

Business Assistance 
Michigan Economic Development Corporation 
Saginaw Future
Central Michigan University Research Center, CoWork Space
Small Business Development Center
Great Lakes Bay Sites
Saginaw Economic Development Corporation