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

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Take the Next Step with the MI-STEP Program

January 9, 2018

By Hannah Sanderson, Business Attraction and Growth

Exporting can increase your customer base and provide long term stability- are you ready for the next STEP?

Businesses, who export a product, can diversify their customer base which, in… read more

Get Ready, Get Set, Get a Strategic Plan

January 5, 2018

By Amanda Baker, Downtown Development Coordinator

Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA) and Networks Northwest invited area Downtown Development Authority (DDA) representatives to explore the hows and whys behind strategic… read more

How the STTF Grant Awards Impact Northern Michigan

January 5, 2018

By Buck Love, Business Retention and Growth

In a world full of acronyms, these 4 letters will have a significant impact on our four-county region for 2018. In this fifth year of the Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) grant awards, employers… read more


The Northern Lakes Economic Alliance is a public/private non-profit organization serving Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet Counties in Michigan.  Established in 1984, the NLEA mission is to serve as a resource to local communities and businesses to retain and create jobs. Read our story…

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