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Northern Initiatives celebrates 30 years of supporting small businesses

Help us celebrate with our
30 for 30 Campaign!

The Board and staff at Northern Initiatives are very proud of the work we do, and very proud of the businesses we support. As part of our 30th Celebration, we have a goal to raise $30,000 to help even MORE small businesses.

Every contribution helps Northern Initiatives continue to develop programming, resources, and loan offerings for our customers. Your gift is an investment in Michigan entrepreneurs.

Northern Initiatives is celebrating 30 years of supporting MIchigan small businesses

Support Communities, Support Small Business!

Nisu Bakery & Cafe, Hancock

It made perfect sense to Irma Boyd to settle in the Keweenaw. She’s Finnish and so is 35% of the rest of the population. Then she realized no one in the area was serving authentic Finnish food – and that there was a dearth of cozy sit-down spots in downtown Hancock – so she got to work.

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RJ’s Printing, Kalamazoo

Sean Hollins knows all too well the challenges of being a Black business owner – the search for funding, the wealth disparities, the lack of access to materials at a fair market rate. “Some of those challenges are still in front of me, but funding was the biggest,” he said.

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Tastefull Vegan, Wyoming

Kalene McElveen grew up on the east side of Detroit in a food desert. “Our closest grocery store was a liquor store,” she says. There wasn’t access to fruits and vegetables – and her family eats a plant-based diet. Needless to say, she learned how to cook at a very young age, being inspired by her grandmothers, her mom and multiple YouTube videos.

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