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

Trainings & Workshops

MEDC Calendar of Events

We are pleased to bring you access to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Calendar of Events. Click here to see their upcoming events.

May-June 2015

Gain access to knowledge and strategic insights from the #1 supply chain management program in the country with three premier supply chain executive education seminars offered by the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University.
Supply Chain Logistics Management Executive Seminar
Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Executive Seminar
Implementing a Lean Supply Chain: Best Practices


May 12, 2015

Running Effective Meetings
May 12, 2015; 8 AM-noon

Do you feel like you spend more time sitting in pointless meetings than getting any real work done? Do you find yourself thinking you're having the same conversation in these meetings over and over again? If so, this training will help you to enhance your team or work group’s productivity through more focused and effective use of meeting time. Learn tools to effectively plan, conduct, and evaluate meetings. Learn more»

May 19. 2015

Selling to Uncle Sam: Understanding the Government Marketplace
NLEA Office (Boyne City)

This is a new seminar designed to offer potential and existing government vendors a detailed understanding of the government marketplace and players, how this market differs from the standard commercial sector, and tips on selling your products/services to Uncle Sam. Click below for more details.

Selling to Uncle Sam

May 20, 2015

NLEA Annual Luncheon
North Central Michigan College, Petoskey

Exciting awards and special recognitions will be presented to deserving partner organizations, community members and business leaders. Join us in celebrating the partnerships that thrive throughout the NLEA region. Local and state government officials, community and business leaders, area entrepreneurs, chamber members, and everyone involved in the economic vitality of our region will be present for networking and celebration.

$20 per Person
$200 per Reserved Table (8 Seats)
For TICKET or TABLE RESERVATIONS, call 231-582-6482 or return reservation form below via fax 582-3213 or email. Click Below for a Ticket Reservation Form. Please reserve tickets today.  We will invoice you later.

2015 Annual Luncheon Invite

May 20,2015

May 20 & 21, 2015
Park Place Hotel
Traverse City, Michigan

Mini MBA: Business Finance Workshop
Practical Tools for the Control, Survival and Success of Your Business. Click below for more details.

Profit Mastery Workshop

May 28, 2015

Greening Technologies Suppliers Meetings

The U.S. Commercial Service has partnered with Green Technologies Supplier Meetings for a one-of-a-kind business forum that gives U.S.-based manufacturers in the green tech industry a chance to meet with utilities, Departments of Energy and large conglomerates in an effort to increase their sales abroad.

The U.S. Commercial Service is hosting two FREE webinars giving U.S. companies an opportunity to learn about the benefits of participating in the Green Technologies Suppliers Meetings. On the webinar you’ll hear directly from the program coordinator as well as a testimonial from a client that has participated in many of their events.

Webinar dates and information:
May 28, 2015

Time: 11am EST/10am CST

Cost: FREE

Register Here!

June 2, 2015

Time: 2:00pm EST/11am PST

Cost: FREE

Register Here!

June 11, 2015

Growth Company CEO Forum
June 11, 2015
Stafford's Perry Hotel-Petoskey
7:30am-9:45am. FREE

Join other CEO's and business leaders of growth companies in this quarterly educational program. Our featured speaker will be Tom Moss, Lieutenant Commander U.S. Navy (retired), 24 year Navy Veteran. He will be speaking on “Intelligence Vulnerabilities: No Easy Fix”· Corporate & Government Intelligence, Espionage and Protection · “Learn about trending developments in cyber-crime technology.” Click below to learn more.



CEO Forum Invite

June 14-17 2015

Montréal, Québec, Canada Trade Mission
June 14-17, 2015

The Global Trade Alliance of Northern Michigan, in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Council of Great Lakes Governors, is leading a trade mission for Michigan companies to Montréal, Québec, Canada. The goal of this mission is to assist small to medium-sized companies export products and services to this exciting Canadian market. 

For more information on this Trade Mission,
please contact Chris Bosio,
or 517-348-9256.


August 11, 2015, through January 19, 2016

Lean Manufacturing Champion
August 11, 2015, through January 19, 2016
$3,500 per participant; add an additional person for half price.

Learn to cut waste and cost out of your process while earning certification as a Lean Champion. Deliverables: build internal capacity, facilitated Kaizen at your location, sustain continuous improvement, lean manufacturing simulation and project planning, facilitator and kata skills, problem solving, current and future state mapping with lean metrics, 5S workplace organization, cellular flow, kanban pull system, standard work and poke-yoke, SMED, and TPM. Class meets two full days each month for six months. Learn more»

August 28-29, 2015

Business of Maple Conference
August 28-29, 2015

Details coming soon....