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

How many uses for a paperclip can you name?

March 7, 2018

By Hannah Sanderson, Business Attraction & Growth A study followed 1,500 kids from kindergarten through elementary, middle and high school. At each level of schooling the kids were asked, “How many ways can you think to use a paperclip?”… 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

6 Ways to Create a Great Community

March 2, 2018

By Janet Koch, Community Development Over the last few months, I have visited many municipalities in NLEA’s four-county region. Our cities, villages, townships, and counties each have wonderful and unique characteristics, but I’ve… 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

Lose the weight of stagnant business practices with Lean Learning

February 27, 2018

By Carly Thompson, Administrative/Communications Assistant Yes, doing more with less is about efficiency but being “lean” is about appropriately allocating future resources for strategic growth. – Ajay M. Pangarkar &read more

The Event of the Year!

February 27, 2018

Annual Lunch 2017 at Petoskey Northmen Stadium. By Jessica Lovay, Office Manager/Grant Administrator Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA) is gearing up for our 2018 Annual Luncheon. Be part of the largest gathering of local and state… read more

Power of the SBDC

February 7, 2018

By Hannah Sanderson, Business Development & Growth Starting a new business or taking your business to the next level can come with many questions, and loose ends to tie up before launch. In today’s world there are many places to go to find… read more

New NLEA Officers for 2018

February 6, 2018

By Andy Hayes, President Stephanie Baldwin (Edgewater Design Group) began her duties as 2018 Chair of the NLEA Board in January. She follows Tim Petrosky (Consumers Energy) who served as Board Chair in 2017. Other officers include Rick Diebold… read more

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