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

Cheboygan County poised for Massive Broadband Expansion

July 17, 2021

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The Cheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) identified Technology as a leading priority for countywide development with a strong focus on supporting energy and broadband initiatives. To that end, they teamed up with Connectedread more

June 2021 Newsletter

June 16, 2021

NLEA news blog June

Meet Sam Bailey

June 14, 2021

Sam Bailey 2021 NLEA Summer Intern

Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA) hired Sam Bailey from Harbor Springs as the 2021 NLEA Summer Intern. Each summer, with funds provided by DTE Energy Foundation, NLEA hires college students for the Summer Internship program. This… read more

City of Charlevoix Establishes First Area Housing Conservancy

June 14, 2021

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Housing North has launched a new program to preserve and expand year-round housing opportunities – and has implemented its first project in the program, in partnership with the City of Charlevoix and local funders. In Charlevoix,… read more

Regional Resiliency Program (RRP) in Charlevoix County

June 2, 2021

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Attention, Charlevoix County business owners! Venture North is launching the Regional Resiliency Program (RRP) in Charlevoix County. The RRP provides grants of up to $5,000 to businesses negatively impacted by Covid-19. $20,000 will… read more

NLEA Announces 2021 Annual Showcase Award Recipients

May 25, 2021

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The Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA) held its Annual Showcase virtually on May 21, 2021. The event recognizes businesses and organizations that help fulfill the NLEA mission to help communities retain and create quality jobs in Antrim,… read more

Not just a job fair – Local Welding school’s creative format gives employers an edge

May 17, 2021

On June 3, manufacturing recruiters from all over northern Michigan will head to Industrial Arts Institute in Onaway to a different kind of job fair, where employers can count on truly connecting with new talent. Students at the northern Michigan… read more

April 2021 Newsletter

April 16, 2021

NLEA April 2021 newsletter

Short Term Rentals and Housing

April 12, 2021

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By Steve Schnell, Charlevoix County Housing Ready Program Director for Housing North Short Term Rentals are important to the economy of northern Michigan, especially for many communities in Northwest Michigan. We have an abundance… read more

Antrim County small businesses can apply for COVID relief grant

April 9, 2021


Grant application & guide is available now at

  BELLLAIRE, MICHIGAN – Businesses with nine or fewer full‐time employees hurt by the COVID‐19 pandemic… read more

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