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

Outdoor Spaces get Upgrades

May 22, 2018

The Village of Central Lake will soon be home to two revamped outdoor spaces. By Jessica Lovay, Office Manager/Grant Administrator The Village of Central Lake is gearing up for some outdoor space renovations this year. They have been working… read more

Manthei Veneer Rebuilds with $280,000 Award

May 16, 2018

By Hannah Sanderson, Business Attraction & Growth With a new product on the horizon and production ramping up pace, Manthei Veneer was met with a very unexpected disaster. In August of 2017, Manthei Veneer suffered the complete loss of… read more

5 Ways the Arts Impact Rural Economies

April 17, 2018

By Carly Thompson, Administrative/Communications Assistant Arts organizations contribute more to their local economies than you might realize. Within rural communities, the cultural hub of arts centers and arts industries create an… read more

CLEO Foundation Aids Childhood Development

April 17, 2018

By Ethan Duffield, AmeriCorps Vista Community Liaison  The Village of Central Lake is the beneficiary of a unique gift, the Cleo M. Purdy Endowment. As a result of a generous donation to the community allocated to the growth of young families… read more

Fresh New Look for Two Cheboygan Buildings

April 12, 2018

Two buildings in downtown Cheboygan will be receiving face-lifts with owner investments and matching grants. By Jessica Lovay, Office Manager/Grant Administrator The City of Cheboygan has been working over the past few years with owners… read more

New Program Addresses Workforce Turnover

April 11, 2018

By Buck Love, Business Retention & Growth In a study conducted by Center for American Progress (CAP), average costs to replace an employee can range from 16 percent of an annual, low-paying job salary to upwards of 213 percent of executive… read more

Charlevoix to host statewide Entrepreneurship Conference

March 5, 2018

By Andy Hayes, President Michigan State University (MSU) Extension is excited to announce that Charlevoix will be the host community for the annual statewide “Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities” conference October 3-4, 2018.… read more

Rising Tide: Making Central Lake a Destination

March 5, 2018

By Ethan Duffield, AmeriCorps Vista Community Liason Rising Tide is a statewide program that aims to attract business investment and create a path toward economic sustainability and growth. Antrim County’s Village of Central Lake was… read more

NLEA Partners Bolster Hiring

March 2, 2018

By Buck Love, Business Retention and Growth In response to workforce shortages in Northeast and Northwest Michigan counties, collaborative efforts are underway to bolster hiring efforts for our regional employers in all sectors. Two hiring… read more

Blazing the Trail: Elk Rapids DDA receives grant for trail work

February 27, 2018

In a presentation ceremony held at the Grand Traverse Resort, Melissa West, Caroline Kennedy, Steve Thomas, Amanda Baker, and Brian Beauchamp accept grant award on behalf of the Elk Rapids DDA from Sam McClellan and Jane Rohl of the Grand Traverse… read more

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