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

GreenLight East Jordan Success

October 16, 2017

Let’s say you have a business idea, what if you were awarded $10,000?  Or as a new business, what would you do if someone gave you $10,000.  Likely, there are thoughts running about your head of everything you could spend that $10,000… read more

“Hot Jobs” in Northern Michigan

July 29, 2016

NLEA and partners completed a project this summer highlighting “Hot Jobs” in Northern Michigan thanks to a grant from DTE Energy Foundation. To address Northern Michigan’s shortage of workers with the skills to supply today’s workforce,… read more

Greensky Hill Granted Funds for Historic Renovation

February 23, 2016

What was first established more than 150 years ago on the shores of Susan Lake, now has the ability to benefit citizens for another century thanks to a generous grant from the Grand Traverse Bay Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. Greensky Hill… read more

$1 Million Grant to Aid Renovation of Historic Hotel

February 15, 2016

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) recently announced approval of a $1,000,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to support a redevelopment project at the Dilworth Hotel in downtown Boyne City. The CDBG grant… read more

Training Grants Support Northern Michigan Business Growth

November 20, 2015

Nine companies in the NLEA 4 County region have been awarded $226,884 from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) through the Skilled Trades Training Grant program (STTF). This will provide training for 187 current employees… read more

Local Gazelle Expands Product Line

October 28, 2015

MDC Contracting in Norwood Township recently received local approval for a 12-year tax abatement on the 18,000 square foot, $825,000 building expansion they plan to break ground on in November. The expansion to their current facility creates… read more

Short’s Brewing Company Transforms Downtown Bellaire

October 8, 2015

In 2014, Short’s purchased three lots and four buildings in downtown Bellaire. They have since expanded their existing brewpub into two of the adjacent buildings, which added seating and allowed them to revamp the restaurant’s kitchen… read more

Economic Development Tools Support Business Growth

September 24, 2015

Jervis B. Webb Company recently received local approval from Little Traverse Township for a 12-year tax abatement they applied for.
The Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate (aka tax abatement) allows them to invest in a 2,160 square… read more

Business Resource Centers—Diamonds in the Rough in our Region

September 14, 2015

Located strategically around the NLEA Region, there are ten Business Resource Centers located in nine communities. Elk Rapids District Library—Business Resource Center Primarily housed in local libraries, in partnership with your… read more

Clearing the Way for Redevelopment

August 13, 2015

  Excitement and work crews are abuzz in downtown East Jordan as demolition and debris removal kick off a redevelopment project on the corner of Main and Mill Street. The project, which will result in a two-story restaurant and two… read more

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