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

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NLEA Awards Four Businesses $18,000 in Startup Capital at Grand Event

November 30, 2018


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$80,000 in startup capital awarded, 1,500 attended, and 36 business pitches competed as a result of Five Northern Michigan

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The USDA Funds More than you Think

November 20, 2018

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From Search and Rescue Vehicles, to Farmers’ Markets, to Low-Income Housing and more!

Buck Love, Business Retention & Growthread more

Local Communities Team Up With AmEx to Shop Small

November 20, 2018

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Elk Rapids is one of many communities gearing up for Small Business Saturday on November 24, 2018.

Amanda Baker, Downtown Development Coordinatorread more



The Northern Lakes Economic Alliance is a public/private non-profit organization serving Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet Counties in Michigan.  Established in 1984, the NLEA mission is to serve as a resource to local communities and businesses to retain and create jobs. Read our story…

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