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    Manufacturing Skills Training Now Available

    ACAT Global, a partner of Northern Lakes Economic Alliance, has been collaborating with Baker College, Northwestern Michigan College, and North Central Michigan College to expand educational and job training opportunities in Manufacturing throughout Northern Michigan. Baker College, along with Charlevoix High School, started an advanced manufacturing and CNC (Computer Numerical Control) program this past fall at the Charlevoix High School manufacturing lab.

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    Short’s Brewing Company Continues to Grow

    Short’s Brewing Company is initiating expansion plans in two locations. This project is expected to total $1.2 million and create 18 new jobs. The Northern Lakes Economic Alliance has been working with the company and communities on these projects for the past several months and has been hired by the Village of Bellaire to assist in administering the CDBG grant.

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    Community Receives $583,519 Downtown Grant

    Boyne City will soon see several upgrades and it won't cost taxpayers another dime. The city's Part I application for the 2013 Downtown Infrastructure Grant through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation was approved and the grant total is $583,519. “These grants will improve Michigan downtowns and spur additional economic growth in the surrounding areas,” said Gov. Rick Snyder. “The DIG program helps make our communities more attractive for investments that create places where people want to live, work and play.”

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    Entrepreneurs Win With Business Resource Center Grand Opening!

    Through the cooperative efforts of several organizations, Northern Michigan’s unique Business Resource Center (BRC) Network has expanded. On Friday, January 24th, a Grand Opening was held at the North Central Michigan College library. NCMC became the 10th BRC in Northern Michigan’s four county region, which includes Emmet, Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Antrim counties. The event was hosted by Tom Erhart Entrepreneurship Director at Northern Lakes Economic Alliance and featured NCMC President Cameron Brunet-Koch and Terence O’Neil from the MSU Business library.

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    Public Outdoor Recreation Grants Available

    Now is the time to be thinking about outdoor recreation projects in your community and how to get grant dollars from the MI DNR. Development and acquisition projects can receive grant funding from $7,500 to $300,000 through three different programs with a match of as little as 25%. Don't wait...application deadline is April 1, 2014.

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    CNC Training Right at Your Doorstep

    Our new Mobile Digital Fabrication Lab to be known as the “Fab Lab” is being built in Southeastern Michigan and will be delivered to Northern Michigan in February. North Central Michigan College will own and operate the Mobile Lab which will deliver Computer Numeric Control (CNC) training to high school and college students, manufacturing employees and those seeking to gain a marketable skill leading to high-paying career jobs.

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    Michigan Business Network Radio Hosted by Andy Hayes

    Northern Lakes Economic Alliance; President, Andy Hayes interviews experts on timely topics to put the spotlight on several business leaders who are making a difference in their communities.

NLEA Service Provider Program

Time is Running out to Participate in the NLEA Service Provider Program
Contact Tom Erhart at the NLEA Today!

The Service Provider Program is designed to assist Clients/Entrepreneurs in paying for services which are inhibiting them from moving forward with establishing or expanding their business. As an example: attorney fees, CPA fees, accountant fees, architectural fees, marketing/website development fees and such fees associated with the business endeavor. Qualifying clients then receive these services at one-quarter of the typical price by working with an approved provider, who agrees to work at one-half of their typical rate. That rate is then split between the Client and the NLEA. Funds to provide these services are thanks to a generous donation from the Charlevoix County and Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundations.

The program is designed for specific projects and needs of the Client, not on-going services. For example, a Client needing help setting up their books could be an eligible activity, rather than on-going bookkeeping work.

Any Client or potential client of the NLEA business counseling program is eligible for this program. All participants must be approved prior to starting the program. Click here for a printable flyer about the program.