Brewery Outré

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Ted Linabury wrote his first business plan in high school. It was for custom rollercoasters rich people could build in their yards. The second one, in college, was for a…

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Snackwerks

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The sweet smells of cinnamon and apples waft through a northside Battle Creek neighborhood that is traditionally one of the poorest in the state. A former grocery store has been…

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Mallowfields

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Jessa Challa, CEO of Mallowfields, combines her passion for GIS with her passion for uplifting minority-owned businesses Jessa Challa is having a blast discovering places to eat, shop and hang…

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Bake Superior Bread

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“The help we’ve received from Northern Initiatives has been extremely beneficial.” – Andrew Brand, Bake Superior Bread Andrew Brand isn’t sure where his business would be without the technical assistance…

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Systems Control

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"We needed customized training to suit our business, and we were able to work with The Center – Northern Initiatives to create the appropriate content." - Jon Harry, VP of…

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Beechwood Café

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“I’m so happy to be working with Northern Initiatives as opposed to a big bank. There is such personal service. The relationship is so nice.” - Lisa Ballard, owner  …

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Little Black Rake

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“(Northern Initiatives) has been so much better than any other lending institution.” - Dave Moore, Little Black Rake Mary Moore just wanted to continue selling her favorite rake, but the…

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