The Economic Development Alliance (EDA) of St. Clair County is a regional non-profit economic development agency that has served the Blue Water Area for over 60 years. The EDA is supported by public and private sector investors and works closely with community stakeholders and regional partners to stimulate the economy and drive job growth and investment. The EDA markets our regional and community assets, spurs local entrepreneurialism, and provides unique solutions to industry that sets the stage for our companies to achieve global success.
Since 1944, the Community Foundation has been dedicated to building community capital through the strategic application of philanthropic funds and the passion, dedication and talents of county residents.
The Community Foundation of St. Clair County is the largest grantmaking foundation in Michigan's Thumb Region and manages multiple endowment funds that benefit every corner of St. Clair County.
Blue Water Startups & Entrepreneurs came to be as a result of discussions between new and existing entrepreneurs located in the Blue Water Area. During those discussions, several common themes began to take form as separate, but consistent occurrences among new business owners. Those themes ranged from the difficulties in finding appropriate resources like funding or consultation to the inherent isolation and loneliness that each of us have experienced at the beginning of our business adventure. As these common themes were identified, we began to brainstorm ways that we could better address those difficulties for ourselves. “Be the change!” And so began the formation of Blue Water Startups & Entrepreneurs.
Enlightened Entrepreneurship: How to Start and Scale Your Business Without Losing Your Sanity by Christopher MyersThrough his collection of essays, originally published in Forbes magazine, entrepreneur Christopher Myers shares an honest account of building his company-BodeTree, an online financial management tool for small businesses. He provides invaluable insights and tips for others looking to start a small business. But this is no ordinary how-to book. Instead of proclaiming that he is a know-it-all dispensing the secrets to success, Christopher provides personal stories of accomplishments and failures. His advice is woven into three sections on starting your business, scaling your business, and staying sane. You will not only learn how to take control of your business decision making, planning, and funding, but you will also discover the importance of creating balance in management and in life. Christopher knows firsthand that responsibility overload can lead to anxiety and depression, and he helps readers navigate these issues. "One thing I've come to realize is that everything, good or bad, starts in your mind. What you think is, in fact, what you become," Christopher says. Embrace the characteristics you admire in yourself and your business. It won't be easy, but with the right mentality, you can find happiness and achievement.
The Entrepreneur's Guide to Business Law by Constance E. Bagley; Craig E. DauchyThis standard-setting book is an essential resource for anyone looking to understand the legal challenges faced by entrepreneurs. From leaving your current job to taking your company public, THE ENTREPRENEUR'S GUIDE TO BUSINESS LAW has the information you need to avoid potentially costly missteps. This book contains 17 chapters that follow the progression of a start-up business and anticipate its legal concerns through each stage of growth, with essential coverage of e-commerce and international issues where appropriate.