Starting a Business in Alpena

“How do I start a business in Alpena?” – Helpful tips and information:

1. Contact our Small Business Development Director Joe Carr at His focus is on small business development and recruitment in our area. 

2. Visit – The One Stop Business Resource Center is designed to help you start and manage your Michigan business. You will find an array of resources and tools to help you start and operate a business in Michigan. From tips on writing a business plan to financing your business, our resource center has it all. Be sure to check out the “Try Business One Stop” feature where you can create scenarios for starting different types of businesses and learn the state requirements for getting started, including costs and time frames. No phone calls. No hassles. No commitment.

3. The Michigan Small Business Development Center provides a full range of services to growing businesses that includes not only strategic needs assessment (SNA) and market analysis but also ongoing strategy development, financial analysis and access to capital. Contact Mike Nunneley, Associate Regional Director/Certified Business Consultant, 989.964.2896 or

4. Visit County of Alpena offices at 720 West Chisholm Street to file your DBA and get other important information. Contact them at 989.354.9500.