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

Trainings & Workshops

October 24, 2014

Equal Opportunity, Commercially Useful Function, Certification/Pre-qualification and Government Contracting

For:Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Crawford, Iosco, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle and Roscommon Counties

Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 • 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
MDOT North Region Office, Gaylord
Registration Deadline-October 20, 2014

MDOT’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program staff and representatives from the Northeastern Michigan Procurement and Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) invite you to attend the following workshops:

  • Equal Opportunity (EO) and Commercially Useful Function (CUF) for Vendors: Learn what you must do to comply with EO requirements. For DBEs and the prime and subcontractors who hire them, learn federal CUF requirements now before your jobs are audited!
  • Certification and Prequalification Overview: Find out requirements to qualify as a DBE, Small Busi-
  • ness, and to become MDOT-prequalified in construction or engineering.
  • Government Contracting: Representatives from the Northeastern Michigan PTAC will teach you about contracting with federal, state and local governments.

Click below for details and registration.


October 30, 2014

Northern Michigan Leadership Summit

NLEA has partnered with Vistage Michigan to offer a high level executive leadership summit on October 30th, 8:15AM to 12:45PM, at Camp Michigania. This summit is geared to business executives that are interested in improving their organizations effectiveness by better executing the organization's vision.  It will present an easy to implement process for keeping your company's performance on track with your vision.  The presenter, Dan Barnett is a nationally known business expert having regularly appeared on CNBC's "Squawk Box" to speak about CEO confidence.

Leadership Summit-Flyer

November 6, 2014

Growth Company CEO Forum

November 6, 2014
Northern Michigan Hardwoods
5783 Charlevoix Ave, Petoskey MI

No Fee to attend

Quarterly Educational Program for CEO's and Executives of Growth Companies!

Forum Invite

November 11, 2014

Industrial Arts Institute-Onaway MI
Welders and Fabricators Talent Expo
November 11th and 12th

The graduating class of the Industrial Arts Institute will be featured in a talent expo. Attend the talent expo to see the student's work, certifications, and resumes.



Talent Expo

November 13, 2014

How to REALLY Start Your Own Business: Youth Entrepreneurs

Boyne District  Library, 6 to 8 pm

 Attendees will evaluate the potential of their business idea and learn the process of putting a business plan together. Other topics covered will be: Ways to Start a Business, Business Legal Structure, Importance of the Business Plan, Permits & Licensing, Marketing, Goals & Objectives, Operations, Communications, Resources and more. This program is presented by MSU Extension and the NLEA, in conjunction with northern Michigan Business Resource Centers and local Chambers of Commerce. Cost is $20 per business. For questions, or to reserve your space, call the NLEA at (231) 582-6482.


December 9-11, 2014

Great Lakes Expo-Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market & Michigan Green House Growers Expo

December 9-11, 2014
Devos Place Convention Center and The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel-Grand Rapids, Michigan

69 education sessions and workshops and 425+ exhibitors in the trade show. For details click here.

December 9-12, 2014


December 9-12, 2014
Exhibition fees: $4,150 per company for a 12 m2 booth (129 ft2)

Automechanika is the world’s second largest international
trade show for automotive parts, accessories, equipment,
and services. Visit for

Automechanika is recognized by industry players as
the best platform for tapping into the Chinese and
overseas markets, covering a diverse range of products
and services from both OE and after-market industry
sectors, including parts and components, repair and
maintenance, accessories and tuning, new energy, and