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

How to Become a Government Contractor @ Onaway Michigan Works
Feb 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

There is no charge for this class, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!

What does it take to become a successful government contractor?

What services and resources are available to a small business pursuing the government market?

If your company has been considering the field of government contracting, this FREE class will give you the insight you need.

Did you know the federal government purchases more than $518 billion of goods and services a year, and the State of Michigan utilizes over 950 multi-year contracts worth billions of dollars?

Find out what it takes to sell your goods and services to the federal government and the State of Michigan. In addition, learn about the services and continuous support the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) has available to help your company with the contracting process.

Capital Improvements Plan Training @ Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Feb 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
In anticipation of Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) Certification and future competitive funding rounds, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is hosting Capital Improvement Training’s for community representatives. The content to be featured was developed by the Michigan Associate of Planning (MAP).

Are you familiar with the Planning Enabling Act and what it says about the Community Improvement Program? Do you know what should be included in your plan and how often it should be updated? Join Jill Bahm and Mike Kozak with Giffels Webster to learn everything you need to know to prepare and adopt a community improvement program,including: who should be involved, the accounting and budgetary requirements; how to tie the program into your infrastructure; and how to handle the tough questions.

This event is free of charge and will take place at the MEDC Headquarters in Lansing, Michigan. Two sessions will be offered: January 31 and February 21 both from 1:00pm – 4:00 pm.


MAT2 Building a World Class Workforce @ Baker College
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Please plan to join us Feb. 22 for a program featuring our MAT2 program and opportunities for involvement. We will be featuring presentations from the Talent Investment Agency, Networks Northwest, and industry partners and their students, followed by tours of our mechatronics lab.


Starting a Business Workshop – Petoskey @ North Central Michigan College
Mar 9 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Starting a Business Workshop – Petoskey

9:00 am – 11:30 am

The Starting a Business Workshop is intended for individuals in the beginning stages of starting a business, in need of accessing capital, or simply considering self-employment. Delivered in a workshop format, this introductory session helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started. This workshop is held in partnership with North Central Michigan College, features instruction by SBDC Business Consultant Kathleen Bagley, and is a pre-requisite to meeting with a SBDC consultant one-on-one. There is no cost to attend; however, pre-registration is required. The workshop is being held at North Central Michigan College, 1515 Howard Street, Petoskey, MI 49770. For more information, contact the SBDC at or (231) 922-3780. Register online.

Attracting Talent Symposium @ North Central Michigan College
Mar 9 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Attracting Talent

This symposium will focus on how to attract entry level employees, as well as other positions, in a very tight candidate market.

For details and to reserve a spot call 231-348-6613 or email

Know Your Numbers Workshop @ North Central Michigan College
Mar 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Using your financial statements to better manage your business.


DDA Forum @ Pellston Regional Airport
Mar 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Northern Lakes Economic Alliance in partnership with Networks Northwest invites all DDA members throughout the Northwest Region to join together in a discussion of topics important to downtown success. Following are details for the upcoming meeting.

Please RSVP to  or call 231-582-6482 to reserve your spot as space is limited!


  • Presentation: Local Facade Improvement Grant Program
  • Group Discussion: How do you utilize your MIWORKS! Business Liaison?
  • Roundtable Community Updates
  • Optional lunch at Hoppies Landing Restaurant (inside the Pellston Regional Airport)
Northwest Michigan Local Government Summit @ NMC Hagerty Conference Center
Apr 7 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Northwest Michigan Local Government Summit

An educational and peer-to-peer networking opportunity for local government staff and officials.

Session topics include:

  • Legislative update from the Governor’s Office

  • Intergovernmental Agreements 

  • Broadband Connectivity 

  • Communications and Marketing Plans

  • Financial Modeling & Other Financial Management Techniques 

  • Creating Housing Options

     And more!

Click here to view the draft agenda




REGISTRATION:  Click here to register online

-OR- go to

Registration is open through March 30.


MCACA FY 18 Grant Workshops @ Old Town Playhouse
Apr 10 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

MI Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs announces FY18 grant workshops

The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) announced its grant program workshop schedule for Fiscal Year 2018 programs.

“As the arts and cultural field continues its unprecedented growth in Michigan, the grant programs we are offering to the field are becoming more competitive every year,” said MCACA Executive Director John Bracey. “These workshops offer organizations an opportunity to learn how to be successful at a grant review.”

MCACA will be conducting free informational workshops on grant guidelines and the application process for potential applicants throughout the state in March and April in anticipation of the June 1, 2017 deadline. Workshop attendance is not required for grant applicants; Pre-registration or RSVPs are not required.

    April 10, 20179 a.m.
    Old Town Playhouse
    148 E. Eighth St.
    Traverse City, Michigan

Planning for Tomorrow’s Mobility Regional Workshop – Potential Impacts on Local Communities @ Gaylord City Hall
Apr 11 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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Planning for Tomorrow’s Mobility

Regional Workshop – Potential Impacts on Local Communities

April 5 – Ypsilanti | April 11 – Gaylord | April 12 – Grand Rapids |April 18 – Marquette

Advanced vehicle technologies and new mobility services will have profound impacts on transportation systems and beyond. Communities across Michigan are seeking resources and information regarding the future of transportation.

To help Michigan communities prepare for tomorrow’s mobility, the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) is conducting a series of regional workshops, with support from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

In April, CAR will conduct workshops in four locations across Michigan to share its research on the potential implications, challenges, and benefits of connected and automated vehicle technologies and new mobility services (e.g., carsharing, ridehailing, bikesharing, etc.) for local communities and organizations, and to obtain feedback from workshop participants.

The agenda includes:

New mobility services

  • Presentation of potential impacts of new mobility services on road infrastructure, travel demand, and other transportation modes
  • Discussion

Connected vehicle technology

  • Presentation of potential impacts of connected vehicle technology on road infrastructure, traffic congestion, safety, and transportation systems
  • Discussion

Automated vehicle technology

  • Presentation of potential impacts of connected vehicle technology on road infrastructure, built environment, and travel behavior
  • Discussion

The workshops are organized in four locations, and all four will follow the same format. Dates and locations are:

  • Wednesday, April 5, 2017, Ypsilanti: SPARK East (215 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197), 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017, Gaylord: Gaylord City Hall (305 E Main St, Gaylord, MI 49735), 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday, April 12, 2017, Grand Rapids: Right Place (125 Ottawa Avenue NW, Suite 450, Grand Rapids, MI 49503), 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Marquette: Marquette DDA (203 S Front St #1-B, Marquette, MI 49855), 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Cost: Free. Please register in advance, because each workshop is limited to 35 people. Register to the meeting closest to you by using this link:

Further information (parking, access, etc.) will be provided a week before each meeting.

A second series of workshops will be organized in June to help formulate recommendations and identify next steps that communities need to take.

If you have any questions before the workshops, please contact Adela Spulber, at, (734) 929-0488.

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