Providing resources for communities and entrepreneurs to create and retain jobs in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan & Emmet Counties.

Tax Abatements Actually Increase Taxes

December 29, 2017

By Jessica Lovay, Office Manager and Grant Administrator   Abatement defined as reduction; decrease; suppression or termination, so when someone starts talking about “tax abatement” it can come with a negative connotation.… read more

Applications open for shot at $100,000 in GreenLight Michigan pitch competition

December 20, 2017

By Kurt Nagl, Crain’s Detroit Business

  • Pitch competition applications open
  • Michigan-based businesses less than 2 years old eligible
  • $100,000 in total prize money
Startup business owners and entrepreneurs can apply to pitch their… read more

Don’t miss out on Northern Michigan’s largest Hiring Event Ever

December 15, 2017

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: The Ellison Place (take Exit 279 off I-75) Gaylord, Michigan This premier Hiring Event provides you with the opportunity to hire candidates… read more

Carly Thompson joins the NLEA

December 8, 2017

Carly Thompson is a recent college grad in May 2017. She graduated from Spring Arbor University with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. She is also recently engaged. A Charlevoix native, Carly is excited to make Northern Michigan her home… read more

The Perfect Pitch

December 5, 2017

If you had four minutes to deliver your business pitch to six judges in a room filled with over 200 people for a chance to win over $15,000 for your new business, would you take the opportunity? On Monday, November 20th, ten new businesses took… read more

What’s in a name?… PTAC could spell big dollars for you!

November 20, 2017

Did you know the federal government purchases more than $350 billion of goods and services a year and the State of Michigan has a diverse portfolio valued at more than $11.6 billion? Did you also know that Northwest Michigan can boast of having… read more

City of Charlevoix Five Star Rating

November 14, 2017

UM-Dearborn’s iLabs’ eCities research recognizes Charlevoix for developing a positive entrepreneurial climate (Charlevoix, MI), November 7, 2017 – The City of Charlevoix has been recognized for its successes and efforts in contributing… read more

Making the Math Work

November 9, 2017

It seems as if every recent discussion of community issues circles around to housing. This regional concern includes a number of facets; a lack of available housing, a lack of housing that the average worker can afford, the high cost of construction,… read more

Janet Koch Joins the NLEA Team

November 1, 2017

Northern Lakes Economic Alliance is excited to announce new staff.  Janet Koch joined the NLEA team on October 16 as the new Community Development Director. Most recently, Janet served as Antrim County’s Deputy Administrator. Previous… read more

Façade Improvement Add More Than Just Taxable Value

October 23, 2017

Improvements are popping up all over Downtown Elk Rapids! Along with the MEDC Façade Grant participants, significant improvements are happening at the Town Club as well. The building owner, John Dunn, discussed it with the business owner,… read more

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