The typical asking rate per listing is in the $10's per square foot per year. The Battle Creek submarket is experiencing a a boost in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate rose $5 per sqft per year. That's a 36% rise in rent.
In the last 90 days, 8 listings have come on the market, which means leases are probably leasing quickly. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet on the market, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
The standard measurement for office space in this area is around 1,450 sqft. Most properties in this area are close to 1 floors. Most buildings in this market were built in 1964 and are Class Class A.