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Northern Initiatives, Start Garden awarded $3 million
Grant will help underserved entrepreneurs throughout Michigan Northern Initiatives, a nonprofit lender, and Start Garden, a business incubator, have been awarded $3 million from the…
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First woman, minority-owned non-dairy frozen dessert shop in the state opens in Wyoming Park
Kalene McElveen is doing more than bringing delicious desserts to Wyoming Park. She's helping revitalize a neighborhood with her Tastefull Vegan frozen dessert shop. According…
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Kalamazoo’s RJ’s Printing legacy grows with new chapter and new owner
Imagine being perfectly suited to take over a well-established, highly respected small business but you must first get over two big hurdles: arrange financing worth…
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Four Leaf Brewing rolls out the ‘Full Barrel’
Amy Shindorf and the crew at Four Leaf Brewing know how to do things in style. Check out the coverage of their Tap Trailer Beer…
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State budget includes $19M for CDFIs
Mark Sanchez of Crain's Grand Rapids Business covered the state budget allocation for Michigan CDFIs in this story. Lawmakers allocated the funding in a budget…
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Paddles and Pedals Success Story
The MEDC and Northern Initiatives get a lot of credit from Paddles & Pedals in this article, but their success is definitely tied to their…
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Jungle Pets’ Community Loan
The Community Development Block Grant Revolving Loan Fund is one of the best ways communities can invest in themselves. We call it the Community Business…
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Waxing Nostalgia for Battle Creek Candlemaker
Kellee VanValkenburg, owner of Cereal City Candle Co., is featured in this SW Michigan Second Wave article. Kellee went through our Business Planning Cohort in…
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UPPCO Energy Loans
Because summertime is the best time to make improvements, we're making a push for our UPPCO Energy Loans. This commercial is airing in the U.P.…
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