TRAVERSE CITY — A new partnership between Networks Northwest and Traverse City-based technology hub and startup incubator 20Fathoms will provide the technology hub’s members direct access to the assistance offered by Networks Northwest and the Northwest Michigan Works! business services team.

More than 20 startup companies work in the 20Fathoms space, a release stated.

One of the biggest challenges for a startup is finding qualified workers, 20Fathoms Executive Director Andy Cole said in the release. Network Northwest's dedicated workforce services will help the incubator's entrepreneur clients locate and attract relevant talent, he said.

The employer-focused services offered by Northwest Michigan Works! include developing and posting job openings, employee sourcing and recruitment, workforce training and skills upgrading, targeted employee hiring events, U.S. Department of Labor registered apprenticeship intermediary services. It also maintains connections with the Small Business Development Center, the Procurement Technical Assistance Center and the Global Trade Alliance of Northern Michigan

The collaboration between a public agency and a technology-focused business incubator demonstrates the region's commitment to supporting innovators and job creators, Networks Northwest CEO Matt McCauley said in the release.

More information is available at 20fathoms.org and NWMichWorks.org.