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

NLEA Partners With MEDC

Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA) is the local economic development organization that partners directly with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to bring state programs and dollars to local companies.  This strong partnership with the MEDC office allows for more direct access to the people and programs that facilitate projects with significant impact.  Everyday the NLEA is in communication with Program Directors at the MEDC working on projects like the following:

ACAT Global, Charlevoix
2013-15 Investment: $7 Million
State Grant: $500,000
New Jobs: 100 Full Time

Precision Edge, Boyne City
2013-15 Investment: $2 Million
State Grant: $350,000
New Jobs: 30 Full Time

“It is always a pleasure to work with a great partner like the NLEA. As a result of their pro-active approach, we have been successful in putting together six business incentive projects in 2013.   The MEDC has come to rely on the NLEA to keep connected with what is going on in northern Michigan”Lydia Murray, Business Development Manager, MI Economic Development Corporation



Pure Michigan Business Connect

Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC), a public-private initiative developed by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), currently connects participating Michigan companies with opportunities to help them grow and expand through their business-to-business (B2B) network. The B2B network provides support with procurement resources to expand supply chains, generate new business opportunities, facilitate business networking opportunities and enable direct business assistance with legal, accounting, and other services. Register your business at  Once you have registered, you can:

  • Search the database for Michigan suppliers
  • Search and respond to posted procurement opportunities
  • Post procurement needs that you need fulfilled
  • Search special offers from participating organizations
  • Enable your company to be invited to future supplier events
  • Search for potential collaborators

Michigan Export Program

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is putting together a program to help small and midsize businesses interested in trade and exporting. The goal is to integrate export resources and services already available in Michigan to provide an export road map for companies and ensure they receive the assistance they need. To learn more open the PowerPoint below.
For more MEDC exporting resources click here.

State Trade Export Promotion (STEP)
Michigan companies with fewer than 500 employees can now qualify for financial assistance for export-related activities through the Pure Michigan State Trade Export Promotion (STEP) program. The program was launched by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), program and is designed to increase the number of Michigan companies that export and introduce current exporters to new foreign markets and buyers. For more information regarding this program click here.

PTAC-Government Contracting

Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC’s) are no-cost assistance services designed to help businesses market products and services to Federal, state and local governments.

In Northern Michigan, there are two convenient offices serving businesses located in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet Counties:

For Businesses Located in Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet Counties

Procurement Technical Assistance Center Northwest Michigan Council of Governments
Traverse City, Michigan
Phone: (231) 929-5076


For Businesses Located in Cheboygan County

N.E. Michigan Consortium
Onaway, Michigan
Phone: (989) 733-8540

“Our partnership with NLEA has allowed us to offer better services to our clients throughout the region”. Anne Helbig, PTAC of Northwest Michigan


Pure Michigan Logo Usage

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (the “MEDC”) has some of the most widely recognized marks in the state, having wide exposure through the Pure Michigan campaign. The Pure Michigan logo is available for use by any State of Michigan Agency.  Simply click here to review the quidelines and submit a logo request:

For additional information, please contact the NLEA by email or phone at 231-582-6482.

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