Michigan Alumni-Owned Small Businesses

In an effort to support Michigan alumni who are small business owners during these uncertain times, we have created a directory of alumni-owned small businesses. Each listing contains information on the alumni-owned small business and how you can support your fellow Wolverines.

Note: Listings on this page do not represent an endorsement by the Alumni Association, nor will any financial support be provided by the Alumni Association. All businesses and listings are subject to review and posted at the discretion of the Alumni Association. See FAQ at end of page for more information.

Last updated: Nov. 18, 2022. Submissions will be reviewed — and the page updated — on a weekly basis.

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Sara Walker, '18
United States

“Live Like A Resident Club” is an online personal finance course designed specifically for medical trainees to demystify common topics like student loan repayment or saving for retirement.

How to support: Online purchase of course; referral to medical trainees (students, residents, fellows); referral to medical education faculty for consideration in their curriculum.

Marcia VanderWoude, '67
West Olive
United States

Financial education and organization products and retreats.

How to support: Purchase “$avvy Women, $mart Choices” book and $avvy Woman’s $tarter Kit.

Maura Vella, '00
United States

We provide hot yoga and Pilates as well as livestreams and on-demand classes, for all levels.

How to support: Come to one of our three Chicago locations or subscribe for a virtual experience, and join our community!

Michael McDonnell, '18
United States

11Lacrosse LLC represents a professional lacrosse training service in the spirit of developing the student-athlete. Our team’s specialization on the lacrosse field is the faceoff position.

How to support: Recommend lacrosse services to others in the Mid-Atlantic area!

Lyndsay Johnson, '02
Ann Arbor
United States

Design and marketing agency specializing in WordPress websites, paid and organic digital marketing campaigns, and graphic design.

How to support: Visit our website and consult with our company as a potential design and marketing vendor.

Mira and Mark Halpert, '76
Boca Raton
United States

23 years of experience helping smart, struggling students succeed. Online hands-on education for students to achieve success in months, not years! Engaging and interactive.

How to support: Share with friends who are struggling to help their kids succeed — 3dlearner.com or call 561.361.7495. Can help kids K-12 improve reading comprehension, processing, and executive function skills and train parents! We are here to help!

Nadine Burns, '84
Ann Arbor
United States

Financial planning from a Certified Financial Planning Professional specialized in planning for University employees and women.

How to support: Visit for personal advice, subscribe to emails.

Clarke Walker, '18
United States

A.G. Sanning is a business consulting and analysis firm that provides advising on political events and global affairs to our U.S.-based clients.

How to support: Spread the word. Follow us on social media @agsanning and connect with us on Linkedin. If your business is being heavily affected by politics, government, or foreign policy, call us at 866.802.3888.

David Wise, '14
United States

Aberdeen Advisors is a boutique digital consultancy with offerings for companies of all sizes: startup, SMB, or Fortune 500. Our specialties include business consulting and custom software development.

How to support: The best way alumni could support us is by considering us for your technology needs, including custom web and mobile application development. Go Blue!

Bernie Gaps, '82
Signal Hill
United States

We are an event planning, design, and production company with a $9 million inventory of items. Nationwide service.

How to support: Host an event and let us help make it Absolutely Fabulous! We ship many items without the need to be in attendance or we drive nationwide and provide full planning, design support.

Christopher Butler, '95
United States

Founded in 1939, the Academy Tavern is one of the oldest bar/restaurant establishments in Ohio! The one place in the state where ALL Wolverine games are featured on the TVs!

How to support: Come and visit when traveling to, or living in, the Cleveland area! We LOVE Michigan alumni and often discount our Wolverine guests (10% Maize n Blue Discount). Check us out: Academy Tavern on Larchmere.

William McNeil, '95
United States

We help banks optimize their sales teams by providing sales process development, data analysis, and CRM deployment.

How to support: Connect on LinkedIn. William A. McNeil, J.D.

Liam O'Sullivan, '15
New York
New York
United States

We provide general contracting and construction management services in Manhattan and the outer boroughs. We specialize in interior commercial, residential, educational, and governmental buildouts.

How to support: Pass along our contact information to anyone in need of any construction work in New York City. We do everything from single to multi-floor office buildouts, selective demolition and renovation/upgrades, high-end design-build work, minor repairs and service work, and anything else a business or individual would need in terms of construction-related services.

Douglas Adams, '83
Grand Rapids
United States

Commercial real estate appraisals and consulting serving the West Michigan area.

How to support: Ordering appraisal or consulting services through our website, email ([email protected]), or phone (616.977.9500).

Andrew Hwang, '06
Oklahoma City
United States

Commercial real estate brokerage.

How to support: Referrals.

Jeffrey Adler, '83
United States

After practicing dentistry since 1983, I decided to purchase my own practice. I opened Adler Dental in the fall of 2019. Being a good listener helps me provide the best dentistry for my patients.

How to support: I welcome new patients. Promote my practice to anyone looking for a dentist who will care for them like they are a family member.

Jill Mattos, '88
United States

Independent college counselor who provides guidance to high school students and their parents in navigating the college search and application process.

How to support: Promote my Facebook page!

Brian Goldberg, '97
United States

Adsys Controls develops autonomous and optical systems. Our products include unmanned aircraft, robotic perception, laser defense, laser communications, and threat-surveillance sensors.

How to support: Come be part of our team!

Advanced Psychological Services PLLC

Dr. Joseph Mifsud, '94
Grosse Pointe
United States

Evidence-based approach to psychotherapy. Certified in EMDR (trauma) and CAADC (substance-use disorders). Children, adolescents, and adults.

How to support: Referrals (248.891.8587).

Shivam Parikh, '05
Little Ferry
New Jersey
United States

We provide high-end automotive travel all over the world.

How to support: Book trips that might be appealing for auto enthusiasts.

Cynthia Alvarez, '04
San Fernando
United States

Alvarez Fine Art Studio provides weekly drawing and painting classes for kids, teens, and adults as well as Painting Parties for any age and occasion.

How to support: Enroll in weekly classes. Reserve Painting Parties. Follow Instagram/Facebook pages.

Matt Hoffman, '00
Ann Arbor
United States

Healthcare consulting company that helps to optimize the clinical, financial, and operational functions of behavioral health organizations by leveraging technology.

How to support: Provide referrals to healthcare providers that could potentially need support both during COVID-19 and in the future.

Andrew Stillman, '85
Ann Arbor
United States

Consulting to small- and medium-sized businesses — focused on strategy, financial planning and analysis, expense reduction, performance improvement, vendor oversight, contracts, and staffing.

How to support: Contact Andy to discuss your business and ways he may be able to help you or alternatively refer him to someone you know who may be able to use his help.

Meagan Mitchell, '11
United States

Agents of Change helps social workers prepare for their masters and clinical level ASWB licensing exams.

How to support: Check out our free YouTube content and purchase study materials if you need them!

Pedro Blanco, '99
United States

Corporate finance, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, and joint ventures.

How to support: Contact us for advice.

Denis Guimaraes, '15
São Paulo

AGPR provides services of law practice, policy consulting, and advocacy to foreign and Brazilian companies, executives, business associations, economic consulting firms, law firms, and government bodies.

How to support: Get to know my business and do what you can to recommend it. We thank you for supporting us and developing countries’ policy improvement.

Alejandro Bargallo, '07
Mexico City

Facilitate working teams integration, increasing their productivity and leadership methodologies through playful and fun activities. We are merging to online servicing.

How to support: We offer standard and tailor-made live and online workshops, both in English and Spanish. Send us an email ([email protected]) and we can schedule a consulting call free of charge.

Nick Olson, '06
United States

AIR® is recognized as the nation’s leading aerial fitness training method. Designed for all levels, AIR® strengthens your core and tones your physique in record-breaking time. Plus, it’s fun!

How to support: Come try out a class!

Alan Winkley, '68
United States

I design boats, barges, small ships. Mostly commercial craft. Also engineering for modifications to existing vessels.

How to support: I welcome inquiries from potential clients.

Andre Sandifer, '01
United States

Furniture design.

How to support: Email.

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Alumni Small Business Community

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Frequently Asked Questions

What qualifies as a small business?
A small business is defined as an independently owned and operated company that is limited in size and revenue depending on the industry.

Does the business have to be owned by a Michigan alum to qualify?
Yes. While we’d like to support all businesses, this resource is intended to allow Michigan alumni the opportunity to support their fellow Wolverines. (For a list of downtown Ann Arbor businesses and how you can support them, visit the Main Street Area Association’s website.)

Why aren’t submissions automatically added to the page?
Before we post a business, we will verify that it is, in fact, owned by a Michigan alum. Also, in accordance with University of Michigan policy, we will verify that businesses are consistent with the fundamental missions of the University and not in conflict with the brand of the University.

Is the Alumni Association providing financial support to businesses on this page?
No, this is simply a list of businesses. The Alumni Association is not providing financial assistance to specific businesses.


Use of the U-M name and/or registered trademarks by businesses is generally prohibited. Also, please note that the Alumni Association logo, the Block M, and other U-M registered trademarks may not be used by external companies without permission.