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

Northern Lakes Economic Alliance Staff

NLEA Summer 2018 Interns

This year NLEA will host two summer interns; Isabel Hess from Northwood University and Andy Atkinson from Hope College. Thanks to a grant from DTE Energy Foundation, both interns will create an Entrepreneurial Toolkit for our four-county service region. They will focus on identifying and organizing tools and resources for start-up entrepreneurs and businesses. There are a wide variety of resources for an entrepreneur to navigate such as business planning, access to capital, and real estate locations; this toolkit will bring it all together for the ease of the entrepreneur.


Isabel Hess

Andy Atkinson



NW Michigan Agriculture Business Team


Wendy Wieland Innovative Counselor

Wendy Wieland Agriculture Innovative Counselor MSU Extension/Product Center

Annie Olds MI-SBDC Regional Director – Northwest

Annie (Shetler) Olds Regional Director SBDC & Ag. Specialist

Susan Cocciarelli Convener NW Ag & Food System Sector Alliance

Core Partners

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