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

East Jordan Dives into Community Assessment from the inside out

February 6, 2018

By Amanda Baker, Downtown Development Coordinator Taking the time to assess your community can narrow down the focus of what projects are important and streamline future planning. In early 2017, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA)… read more

NLEA Supports Central Lake Community Development

February 2, 2018

Ethan Duffield – NLEA AmeriCorps Vista Community Liaison By Buck Love, Business Retention and Growth “Patience and persistence pays off” could read the headline of the Antrim Review. Ethan Duffield will be the new AmeriCorps/Vista… read more

Committing to Northern Michigan

January 23, 2018

Courtesy of Amanda Kelley, Marketing Coordinator, My Community Dental Centers (MCDC) My Community Dental Centers (MCDC) is continuing to commit to Northern Michigan by moving its corporate headquarters from Boyne City, MI to 3890read more

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 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

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

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