The Virtual Business Advisor (VBA) was created through a partnership among Ann Arbor SPARK, the A2Y Chamber, Washtenaw County’s Community and Economic Development Department, and QLBS. The VBA is an economic development tool that aims to assist entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses as they work towards their next stage of growth. Through a series of assessments, the VBA identifies personal and company strengths and weaknesses, benchmarks against other companies in the region, and connects users to suggestions and available resources to address their unique needs.

About Ann Arbor SPARK Ann Arbor SPARK will advance the economy of the Ann Arbor region by establishing the area as a desired place for business expansion and location... by identifying and meeting the needs of business at every stage, from those that are established to those working to successfully commercialize innovations.

About the A2Y Chamber The Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti Regional Chamber is a 1,300-member community organization that actively facilitates, educates and advocates on behalf of its members through our services and programs. Chamber member offerings include numerous networking opportunities and events, educational seminars, leadership development, special offers to Chamber members from Chamber members and access to health insurance. The Chamber offers multiple ways to get your business noticed: submit a press release to be posted in the news section of our homepage, sponsor an event, attend monthly programs, join a committee or find other businesses to interact with in our Member Directory.

About Washtenaw County Washtenaw County is located in southeast Michigan, covering an area of 720 square miles. Its 27 cities, villages and townships are home to about 325,000 citizens in urban, suburban, and rural settings. This mix of different settings provides many opportunities for education, recreation, business, agricultural, and home life. The two largest cities are Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, homes to two large universities - the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti.

About QLBS QLBS helps build better business communities. Their integrated cloud based platform enables performance improvement programs to be delivered through business advisors or directly to clients, by giving easy access to assessments and immediate feedback to responses. Data capture enables the benchmarking of regional and cluster analysis to enable whole community development.