Business Support

For Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Ready to start your business?
We can help in multiple ways

Northern Initiatives’ startup support starts well before you get a loan to startup a business. We have Business Planning bootcamps and Kauffman FastTrac training, currently underway in Battle Creek and expanding soon, plus other regional support, in both English and Spanish. Our partnerships with regional and cultural organizations help us reach entrepreneurs when the dream is forming.

We Prioritize Bilingual
Business Support

Initiate, our online learning portal, is in both English and Spanish. We have bilingual lenders (English and Spanish) and Burmese-, Spanish-, and English-speaking business coaches. We collaborate with local entities including the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Burma Center, and the Urban League, Voces, and the Hispanic Center of West Michigan to help us keep our business services accessible to all.

Battle Creek Services

Our Business Planning cohorts and bootcamps include deep dives in financial planning, marketing, management, hiring, and more. Entrepreneurs learn from subject-matter experts and engage in one-on-one coaching. These programs are supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Rural LISC, and other community partners.

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