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

Going Pro…A Fresh Name for Training your Workforce!

August 8, 2018

Buck Love, Business Retention & Growth To better reflect the importance of a well-trained workforce and to promote a new attitude of greater training options for more than just industrial manufacturing, the training grant program,… read more

East Jordan Looks to Update Downtown

August 8, 2018

Gosling Czubak renderings give the East Jordan DDA ideas on ways to improve pedestrian access and multimodal traffic in town. Amanda Baker, Downtown Development Coordinator Don’t just invite people downtown, give them options on… read more

Jump start your Startup with the Entrepreneurial Toolkit

August 8, 2018

Isabel Hess & Andy Atkinson, NLEA Summer Interns We are excited to be able to share with you, an Entrepreneurial Toolkit for Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet County. This toolkit organizes resources available in our four county… read more

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 governments 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

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