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Snackwerks offers ESL classes
Snackwerks, a longtime Northern Initiatives customer, continues to amaze us with their workforce initiatives. The latest, an English as a Second Language class, is yet…
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The Case for the 7 Cs of Credit
  This is an essay by Dennis West, past-president of Northern Initiatives, that is still oh-so-relevant. As long as I have been involved in this…
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Putting Down Roots
This article in Second Wave talks about food innovators who stayed in Battle Creek after they had left Kellogg. Jeff Grogg of Snackwerks is mentioned;…
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Michigan’s New CDFI Coalition
This article in MIBiz is a good explanation of Michigan's new CDFI Coalition: Elissa Sangalli, president of Marquette-based Northern Initiatives, said she looks forward to…
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NI Partnerships Highlighted
GT Regional Community Foundation and Northern Initiatives A story about year-end giving in Northern Express mentions the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation and its recent…
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5th Community Foundation invests in Northern Initiatives
The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation is the fifth community foundation to invest in its community through Northern Initiatives. “Impact investing, also known as Program…
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Q&A with Amanda Blondeau about Job Quality Award
Mark Sanchez of MIBiz talked with Amanda Blondea, Chief Strategy Officer for Northern Initiatives, about the Shared Success funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates…
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Nourish Our Community podcast
This edition of the People First Economy Podcast is part of Nourish Our Community, an initiative PFE started in 2021 to highlight the importance of…
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‘Shared Success’ project scales job quality
Northern Initiatives Among 10 CDFIs Selected by Aspen Institute to Launch “Shared Success” Project Scaling Small Business Job Quality Northern Initiatives will support business owners…
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