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Through the end of the month of May, we had closed 36 loans. Chippewa County was leading the way with 5 closed loans in 2019, while Marquette had 4. Calhoun, Dickinson, Kent, Menominee, Muskegon, and St. Joseph each had two loans closed.
Catalyzing Opportunities in Rural America
I recently attended the Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s Annual Meeting in Monticello, New York. Northern Initiatives has been a Rural LISC Partner for 22 years. LISC secures money primarily through the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Section 4 Program to support work with their partners on capacity building. The value of this capacity building support is enormous as it allows our staff to do their jobs more effectively. Most recently we used this support to re-write our loan policy. The new policy is indexed and more concise.
These capacity building opportunities are important because to work on relationships with customers first you have to be consistently good in doing their transactions. Interest in having a relationship can be undermined by the inability to close a loan properly, perfect collateral or even to be reasonable and clear about expectations.
Every year we spend time with our Congressional delegation sharing with them the value of this LISC capacity building program because continuous improvement requires analyzing areas for improvement. Over the years the ability to make process and quality gains can be traced to this invaluable partnership.
Jeff Brickey’s retirement hobby of home brewing escalated over several years to the point he was crafting more quantities than he could reasonably consume or share. He decided the only way to avoid waste and satisfy his increasing urge to dabble in more styles of beer was to start his own brewery.
With Northern Initiatives help, Jeff Brickey has turned his basement home-brewing hobby into a thriving family-run business. Since it’s 2018 launch, 51st State Brewing Co. in Kingsford has been turning out quality signature and seasonal craft beers, along with hand-tossed, wood-fired pizzas. Read the full customer story here.
Northern Initiatives’ manufacturing services focus on helping small manufacturers generate business results. Our services including Lean, ISO 9001, and various training opportunities position Upper Peninsula manufacturers to thrive in today’s technology-driven economy.
Lake Shore Systems, a designer and manufacturer of complex heavy machinery for maritime and mining applications, has partnered with Northern Initiatives to strengthen their operations in a complex environment. Read more about how we are helping Lake Shore Systems here.
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