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

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

If You Want a Better Team… Don’t Give Em an Answer!

January 5, 2018

By Andy Hayes, President Want a higher preforming team? My suggestion is to ask more questions and give fewer answers. I’ve learned over the 35+ years I’ve worked with staff teams the best way to developread more

The Times They Are A-Changin’

January 3, 2018

By Janet Koch, Community Development   In the next few years, many organizations will be facing the retirement of a significant number of key employees. The red in the adjacent chart highlights the two highest population age groups of… read more

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

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