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2021 NLEA Annual ShowcaseVirtually join us and other guests involved in the economic vitality of our area for an exciting showcase of awards, recognitions and keynote speaker on Friday, May 21, 2021 from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Thanks to our host The Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce, we will be utilizing their Remo platform.

We’re excited to announce our keynote speaker for the event-a legendary brand with a great story, Bob Jacquart, owner of Stormy Kromer!

Bob Jacquart began his career with his father at Jacquart Fabric Products in the early ‘70s, and then took over the company in 1983. He became a successful entrepreneur and the company became a “jack of all trades” making pet beds, boat covers, industrial covers, commercial and industrial upholstery and playground equipment covers. With a successful business already under his belt, Jacquart was made aware of another possible business opportunity in the summer of 2001 – Stormy Kromer.

When his local dealer told him that production of the legendary Stormy Kromer cap would soon cease, Jacquart made a call to Milwaukee and, a few months later, relaunched Stormy Kromer from its new home at Jacquart Fabric Products in Ironwood, Michigan—still made in the USA, still crafted by hand. According to Bob, it was the best business opportunity that could ever pass his way.

Be part of the largest gathering of local and state government officials, community and business leaders, area entrepreneurs, chamber members, educational leaders and everyone involved in the economic development of our region for networking and celebration.

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