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

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


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

Stormy Kromer a Cap & Ale House Honored as a 2021 Michigan Celebrates Awardee

April 9, 2021

Stormy Kromer Cap & Ale House

Cheboygan, Michigan- Stormy Kromer a Cap & Ale House is recognized as one of the 2021 awardees for the Michigan Small Business Development Center Best Small Business award. Stormy Kromer A Cap & Ale House will be honored at the 17th… read more

Join the NLEA Team

March 18, 2021

We are hiring! Flexibility, work-life integration, and the opportunity to help make a difference in the economic vitality of your region. This is what a career at the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA) can offer you! NLEA is searching… read more

March 2021 Newsletter

March 17, 2021

NLEA News March 2021

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