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Elissa Sangalli named Leader of the Year
Northern Initiatives President Elissa Sangalli, shown here with CEDAM board member Charlotte Smith, was named Leader of the Year by CEDAM…
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CDFI leaders testify in Lansing
Elissa Sangalli and Jennifer Hayes testified before the Michigan State Senate March 6. They talked to the LEO/MEDC Appropriations Subcommittee about the importance of CDFIs…
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Federal aid for low-snow winter
As Michigan continues to face record high winter temperatures, Governor Gretchen Whitmer urged Michigan small businesses impacted by lack of snow to apply for federal…
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Happy Leap Day Birthday, Cafe Rica
Our favorite Battle Creek coffee (and so much more) shop opened on Feb. 29, 2020, so they celebrated their First Birthday this year, with some…
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Olvera Enterprises to expand
Crain's Grand Rapids Business has a nice article on the expansion of Supermercado Mexico. With the new CEO in place, co-owner Javier Olvera hopes to…
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Where Banks Fear to Tread: CDFIs rush in to finance startups and small businesses
Rick Haglund writes in the Traverse City Business News (subscription): Most Michigan CDFIs, which must be certified by the Treasury Department, are located in the southern…
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How some Southwest Michigan entrepreneurs stack the odds in their favor
Wonderful story about our Entrepreneur Education programs in Battle Creek: In the Battle Creek area, there’s an education program for would-be entrepreneurs to help them…
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Industry Founders Challenge CDFIs to Embrace a More Expansive Vision
Nonprofit Quarterly writer Steve Dubb covered the OFN Conference, including the Gramlich Award given to two of our board members, Mary Houghton and Ron Gryzwinski.…
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Northern Initiatives Reaches $100 Million in Loans to Small Businesses
Milestone arrives as the nonprofit lender is celebrating 30 years of supporting Michigan small businesses Northern Initiatives, a nonprofit lender supporting small businesses in Michigan,…
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