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

Entrepreneurial Toolkit Launching this August

July 9, 2018

By Andy Atkinson & Isabel Hess, NLEA Summer Interns We are excited to announce that the Entrepreneurial Toolkit is just over a month from being released! Don’t know where to look when you want to start a business? Download this toolkit… read more

NLEA Business Retention scores 80 Jobs for Emmet County/Region

June 13, 2018

By Andy Hayes NLEA President It’s tough doing business in a rural area far from the marketplace; keeping jobs in our area is a big part of what the NLEA’s economic development program is all about. Think about it… for every job… read more

5 Reasons You Should be Writing Press Releases

June 12, 2018

By Janet Koch Community Development Every organization—village governments, large manufacturers, county governments, small retail shops, and everything in between—has the ability to reap tremendous benefits from press… read more

Entrepreneurial Toolkit: Vision to Reality

June 12, 2018

By Andy Atkinson and Isabel Hess NLEA Summer Interns Over the last few weeks we have begun to see our vision for our entrepreneurial toolkit turn into a reality. We have met with numerous professionals and experts serving Northern Michigan… read more

The Art of Facilitation

June 11, 2018

River Street in Elk Rapids features an inviting array of floral displays for the summer. By Amanda Baker Downtown Development Coordinator When it comes to building up a downtown district, there is an endless list of projects to work on and new… read more

Construction Year One Down, One more to Go

June 11, 2018

Four downtown Elk Rapids buildings are under construction receiving face-lifts with owner investments and matching grants. By Jessica Lovay Office Manager/Grant Administrator Last year at this time we announced that the Village of Elk… read more

Broadband makes bigger Strides

June 11, 2018

By Buck Love Business Retention & Growth Efforts to formalize the NLEA Broadband Consortium took a step forward following a June 4th meeting of the Emmet, Antrim, Cheboygan and Charlevoix County Commissioners that sit on the NLEA… read more

Don’t take our word for it! Using customer feedback to your advantage

June 8, 2018

By Carly Thompson Administrative/Communications Assistant When you are deciding on a product to purchase, what is your first step? Most consumers will search multiple product reviews to compare prices and features, and read customers’… read more

Plant Expansions keep jobs and families in Charlevoix County

May 23, 2018

By Buck Love, Business Retention & Growth Two expansion projects in Charlevoix County have come down the pipeline and into the hands of NLEA. Both DCL Inc. and Van Dam Marine have been approved to begin plans to expand their operations.… read more

You’re either green and growing, or ripe and rotting. Is growth a bad thing?

May 23, 2018

By Andy Hayes, President-Northern Lakes Economic Alliance I recently attended a meeting downstate where the discussion centered on how we can benefit Michigan and its communities. In typical brainstorm fashion, our large group was divided… read more

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