This is the page for people like Debi Hillebrand, above, used to be. She was an aspiring innkeeper member of MBBA for several years while her Lewis House Bed and Breakfast in Whitehall was being extensively updated. If you’re wondering how to start a bed and breakfast, Debi will tell you that the information she gleaned and the contacts she made as an aspiring member have been invaluable to her success as an innkeeper.
Starting your own bed and breakfast can be a daunting task, but with the help of our members and their resources, the Michigan Bed and Breakfast Association can assist you in making your dream a reality!
Scroll down for shadowing opportunities, to apply for membership as an aspiring innkeeper, and for great educational resources.
Aspiring Innkeeper Members
Ed and Maryann Cutlip
22409 Suzan Ct
St. Clair Shores MI 48080
Updated 11/7/2017. We are in the process of building now, and enjoyed seeing everyone at the “Positively Innkeeping” conference in Grand Rapids.
1433 Timber Ridge Dr
Manistee MI 49660
I am seeking to purchase a property and, in the interim, will be interning at a Bed and Breakfast to “learn the ropes.”
Beth and Mike Chaisson
7027 101st St
Lubbock TX 97424
Beth has always wanted to run a B&B. We’ll be relocating to SE Michigan in two years and would love to purchase a turn-key property. We’ve never run a B&B before, but Beth’s passion is entertaining, cooking and people. When she stays at a B&B she loves to talk to the hosts about their business. She would love to shadow someone to see and experience more!
Barbara and Eric Kaniewski
260 Pear St
Cedar Springs MI 49319
We are just starting to explore the adventure in innkeeping.
Brenda and Rick Becker
14715 68th Ave
Coopersville MI 49404
We own an old farmhouse with six acres, horses and a dog we’re renovating into a dog-friendly, health and wellness-focused B&B. Our goal is to Open Summer 2019!
Helene and James Moya
PO Box 192
Gobles MI 49055
We are hoping to be innkeepers for the Delano Mansion in Allegan and expect to close on the property in June. It’s happening so fast — we are eager to learn everythiing we can from the MBBA community. Thank you for being a great resource!!
Kim and Elliot Read
2033 Hamilton Lane
Carmel IN 46932
We are just beginning to explore the idea of opening and running a bed and breakfast after spending our vacation in Saugatuck.
209 N Bridge St Unit C
Grand Ledge MI 48837
At this point, just looking for potential inns to purchase and take over. Very beginning stages. Love Saugatuck area but the sale prices are so high. Will keep looking for the right fit.
8949 River Ridge Rd
Middleville MI 49333
I’m looking to own a turn-key property or convert an existing home into a B&B in the northern Michigan region in the next 2 – 4 years.
Joanne and Lance Murphy
Grosse Pointe Park MI 48230
We are renovating an old home in Port Austin and hope to be ready to open by summer of 2020. We are in the process of finalizing our name, obtaining domain names, etc.
Jennifer and Tim Kelly
1098 Lloyd Rd
Dundee MI 48131
We own a 150-year old Italianate home in Dundee and will be remodeling and installing extra baths. We plan to open in the spring of 2019.
Yvonne and Matt Wendling
11360 Dunmaglas Dr
Bath MI 48808
We have a 3- to 5-year plan to own a turnkey B&B property along Lake Michigan.
1219 N Henry St
Bay City MI 48706
I worked at a B&B in my 20s and loved taking care of the guests. I’ve since stayed in many inns over the years and always think… I could do this or I would do that. I’m just starting to look at properties to purchase. I am also currently working with the SBDC of Michigan to create a business plan and assess start-up needs/costs. I look forward to learning more!
Benefits of Aspiring Innkeeper Membership:
- Be listed on the Aspiring Innkeeper webpage
- Receive notices of and invitations to meetings, dedicated workshops and conferences
- Be subscribed to eNewsletters and other special mailings/alerts
- “Shadow” veteran innkeepers for on-the-job training
- Participate in educational webinars as scheduled
- Access the private online Member Forum 24/7
- Waive the $50 non-member guest fee for the annual ML2L Innkeeping Conference
Annual Dues: • $50
Note: if you open your inn and join as an innkeeper member before your aspiring membership year is over, we will pro-rate your $50 membership fee against your B&B membership dues.
These seasoned innkeepers invite aspiring innkeeper members to “shadow” their operations and learn innkeeping firsthand.
Setting Up and Running a Successful B&B
How tough is it? Can you cut it? Find out from Karen Thorne, innkeeper and founder, Bed & Breakfast Academy
Articles for Aspiring Innkeepers.
NEW! A guide to financing B&Bs, inns and boutique hotels. Authored by Richard Newman, InnFinancing.com
Running a Bed & Breakfast for Dummies
Learn to * Choose a location and make it your own * Create a profitable business plan * Decorate and renovate your property * Market your property for maximum occupancy. Authored by Mary White, President, BnBFinder.com.
Michigan Bed & Breakfast Association Resources for Aspiring Innkeepers
Reading material compiled for the association’s Aspiring Innkeeper Workshops.
Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association Kit for Aspiring Innkeepers
Offering arguably the most complete resource in the Great Lakes region, this not-for-profit association offers start-up kits, seminars and many other resources for aspiring innkeepers.