Traverse City Record-Eagle


February 3, 2013

Business in Brief: 02/03/2013


Growing business

PETOSKEY — The Northern Lakes Economic Alliance is introducing a Service Provider Program to provide businesses with financial assistance for a variety of projects aimed at helping them grow.

Funding is available to assist businesses with capacity-building projects such as website development, accounting system setup, legal entity issues, software development and marketing programs. These services can be provided at a fraction of the normal cost because of the relationship NLEA has with service providers, who agree to supply a particular service at a reduced cost.

Funding is available because of grants from the Community Endowment Fund and the Maude and Gorton Milliken Fund of the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation and the Charlevoix County Community Foundation (CCCF). Both community foundations have provided significant support to NLEA's Entrepreneurial program in the past.

Here is an example of how the Service Provider Program works: A business needs $2,000 to create a website. A $1,000 discount is agreed to by a service provider, bringing the cost down to $1,000.

Half of the remaining balance is paid by the business, with NLEA paying the rest with foundation funds.

NLEA is a regional public/private economic development organization serving Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet counties. For more information, contact Entrepreneurship Director Tom Erhart at 582-6482 or

Job fairs slated

TRAVERSE CITY — Several regional organizations are partnering to provide area employers and job seekers an opportunity to network, explore career and educational opportunities and showcase new technology.

Auto & Diesel Technicians Night is set for Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Northwestern Michigan College Aero Park Campus, Parsons-Stulen Building. For more information, visit

The Career-Tech Center College & Career Fair is Tuesday, March 5, from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at 800 Parsons.

Call 922-6278 for more details.

The NMC Career & Employment Fair is set for 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at the Hagerty Conference Center, 715 E. Front.

More details are at

An IT Career & Job Fair is Tuesday, April 9, from 3-5 p.m. For more information, call 929-5046.

On Tuesday, April 23, a Hiring our Heroes Veterans Event will run from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Hagerty Conference Center. More information is available at

Participating organizations include NMC, Northwest Michigan Works!, Northwest Michigan Council of Governments, Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District and Ferris State University.

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