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


Take a first-hand look at the businesses and communities NLEA works with day in and day out. Come on a tour of our top projects, learn how area companies do business in Northern Michigan and gain insight into how our partner organizations impact their communities.

How It’s Made Video Series 

Our DTE Energy Foundation summer interns helped us to dive deeper into area businesses and manufacturing, looking at all that goes into the creation of products and services. By clicking the videos below, you will get to go inside the facilities of Classic Instruments (Boyne City), Link Industries (Indian River), Kurth Robotics (Cheboygan), and Spare Key Winery (Charlevoix). 

Industrial Magnetics: NLEA Business Spotlight

Featuring Bud Shear, CEO of Industrial Magnetics

Socks Kick: NLEA Business Spotlight

Featuring Baris Atmaca, Owner of Socks Kick

Cheboygan Carnegie Library Restoration Project

Mary Hebert and Buck Love talk about a project to preserve the historic Cheboygan Carnegie Library to benefit the community.


East Jordan Pedestrian Bridge Project

Tom Cannon and Amanda Baker talk about a great project coming to East Jordan focusing on pedestrian connections from the east to west sides of town.

USDA/Great Lakes Energy Loan Programs to Aid Businesses

A partnership of NLEA, GLE, and USDA to assist Northern Michigan businesses through 0% and Revolving Loans.


Core Partners

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