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

The Value of Screening for Emotional Intelligence

July 18, 2018

By Buck Love, Business Retention & Growth This talent acquisition tip is too important to overlook, and is proven to be a better predictor of a candidate’s workplace success than those who score higher on IQ or have more relevant, previous… read more

We’re Breaking Down Walls

July 18, 2018

By Janet Koch, Community Development One thing we’re taught in kindergarten—in addition to “Don’t run with scissors!”—is how to work and play well with others. This lesson is just as relevant now as it was then, and there are indications… read more

Never get Cold Feet!

July 17, 2018

By Carly Bortz, Administrative/Communications Assistant Baris Atmaca and his wife are keeping the feet of northern Michigan warm with their brand new business Socks Kick, located in East Jordan, MI.   As part of their marketing efforts… read more

Economic Development 101

July 17, 2018

By Andy Hayes, NLEA President Economic development at its simplest level is all about maintaining and growing a stable tax base and creating full-time year round family supporting jobs for residents.  Local units of government have known… read more

Northern Michigan Pitch Nights are Back

July 13, 2018

By Hannah Sanderson, Business Attraction & Growth Looking for some additional funding for your startup? Pitch your business plan and compete to win startup dollars at one of our five Northern Michigan Pitch Night competitions throughout… read more

City of Cheboygan Gains Window of Opportunity

July 13, 2018

Proposed boundary for new Commercial Development Districts By Jessica Lovay, Office Manager/Grant Administrator The City of Cheboygan has taken the first step to opening an economic window of opportunity within the Downtown Development… read more

Elk Rapids DDA Awards $2,000 in Mini Facade Grants

July 11, 2018

Elk Rapids DDA Business Development Sub Committee Members Kathy Wittbrodt, Brian Scram, and Karen Simpson presented award checks to the 2018 Mini Façade Grant recipients, Tamara Jones (Java Jones,) Andy LaPointe (Traverse Bay Farms,)… read more

Entrepreneurial Toolkit Launching this August

July 9, 2018

By Andy Atkinson & Isabel Hess, NLEA Summer Interns We are excited to announce that the Entrepreneurial Toolkit is just over a month from being released! Don’t know where to look when you want to start a business? Download this toolkit… read more

FREE Data Diamond in the Rough

June 13, 2018

By Hannah Sanderson Business Attraction & Growth Have you ever needed to look up demographic data for a specific area and began with the ol’ Google Search?  We are all guilty of it. Today I have for you a credible source to find… read more

NLEA Business Retention scores 80 Jobs for Emmet County/Region

June 13, 2018

By Andy Hayes NLEA President It’s tough doing business in a rural area far from the marketplace; keeping jobs in our area is a big part of what the NLEA’s economic development program is all about. Think about it… for every job… read more

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