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Business Equity Initiative Fund Grantees Announced
11 Small Business Owners will Share $50,000 Muskegon, MI – The Business Equity Initiative Fund, at the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, has awarded $50,000…
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Siblings Without Rivalry
Try and keep a dry eye while reading this wonderful Second Wave story about Rebecca Macleery, our customer and owner of Kalamazoo Dry Goods, and…
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Myconaut awarded NSF grant
Myconaut, providers of affordable, nutritious mushrooms for Northern Michigan University and local businesses, is also a biotech startup that Northern Initiatives is thrilled to support.…
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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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