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LIVE Your Dreams. BUILD Your Business. LIVE Ludington.


You know that Ludington is a great place to vacation, but did you also know that it’s great place to start and build a business?

With resources like the Momentum Business Plan Competition, business-2-business networking groups like LEADS and Business After Hours, SCORE Small Business Mentorship, and – most importantly – a community that supports local business, the Ludington Area is about as business-friendly as a small town can be.

Want proof? Check out the Local Success Stories below to learn about how others have made their small business dreams a reality in the Ludington Area.

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Starving Artist Brewing

Founded in 2015 by local artist-turned-entrepreneur Andy Thomas, Starving Artist’s edgy style and unique flavors have made its brews a favorite among locals and visitors alike.With bold flavors ranging from the Rubenesque Milk Stout to Slims Cream Ale, there really is a flavor to suite just about any palette.

But behind the beer, there’s a business. Ask Andy what it’s like to do business in Ludington, and it’s no surprise that this artist describes it as a blank canvas. “This is a great town town to do business, especially in the proof-of-concept period. It’s fairly low-risk. Plus, you have supportive community leaders and business owners, tools at your disposal like the local West Shore Bank, Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce, and SCORE, and plenty of freedom.”

In 2015, Thomas had the honor of being the first recipient of the Momentum Business Plan Competition prize, winning $50,000 to help build his business and ensure that the beer will continue to flow for years to come.

Learn more about Starving Artist Brewing

The Q Smoke House

There are a lot of people out there who love their BBQ. But for Dave Diephouse, it’s a passion. In 2016,Diephouse became a part of the downtown Ludington community, opening the doors of The Q Smoke House. This slow-smoked barbecue joint brings southern-inspired flavors together with locally sourced ingredients to make a one-of-a-kind dining experience.

As a member of the downtown business community, Dave will be the first to tell you about the benefits of setting up shop in the supportive and collaborative business environment that Ludington offers. As a member of the Downtown Development Authority and an active participant in the Downtown Ludington Club, his business has benefited greatly as a result of the various events and initiatives coordinated by these collaborative partnerships.

Learn more about The Q Smoke House

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Engine Creative

There is an emerging market demand for creative services in the Ludington Area. And with Chris VanWyck of Engine Creative, creativity is never in short supply. Chris and his family moved to Ludington a number of years ago thanks to his ability to work remotely with his firm based in the Lansing area. Then in early 2016, after a few years of remote working, Chris decided it was time for a change and started his own branding and graphic design business – Engine Creative.

Since then, Engine Creative has joined the ranks of this emerging market to fill the need for creative services like branding, graphic design, and marketing. Other new businesses filling this creative need are Lake FX Media, RightSide Design, and MS Creative.

Learn more about Engine Creative

Other Successful Startups

Looking for more reasons to start or build your business in the Ludington Area? Check out the video for a bit of inspiration from our Momentum Business Plan Competition winners.