CSG at Italian Fest
The missions of the Continuous Solutions Group aligned with a project to implement standard work at Iron Mountain’s Italian Fest. Even Gov. Gretchen Whitmer noticed.
Community Business Loans
The Community Business Loan Fund is a great example of partners on multiple levels working together to support communities. The 20 communities we work with love these loans.
Customers in the News
These small businesses, helped by Northern Initiatives, bring you everything from freshly brewed coffee to tarot cards, bubble tea to sweet deals. And they’re in the news.
Initiate Is Growing
We just launched a section for Startups, to go along with sections on Money, Marketing, and Management. We continue to add subscribers around the country. And now we’re adding more strength to the Business Services team.
Line of Credit Partners
Northern Initiatives has partnered with Marshall Community Credit Union to offer our first line of credit to a loan customer. We plan to expand the program statewide in 2022.
The federal government’s Rapid Response Fund acknowledged our hard work and perseverance with grants to CDFIs around the country, including Northern Initiatives. It affirms our work is appreciated.
Initiate’s Startup Resources
Initiate’s startup resources are in four categories: Idea, Plan, Fund, Launch. The startup resources are in addition to the 300+ existing Initiate resources about Money, Management, and Marketing.
NI’s PPP Success Stories
The Grand Rapids Business Journal and TV6 in Marquette did stories about our PPP efforts, showing the breadth of our lending. “[T]he Michigan-based lender is not done helping under-resourced small businesses.”
MEDC Initiate Cohort
Initiate, Northern Initiatives’ online business resource, is already in use in 33 states. Now we’re blanketing our own backyard, thanks to a partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
PPP Stories (Part 3)
Opening a business during a pandemic is tricky. Jeff and Patti Dewes got some grants that helped, but every time they tried to qualify for a PPP loan they were told Tillie’s Tafel hadn’t been in business long enough.
PPP Stories (Part 2)
Running a restaurant is like raising a baby, said Paola Mendivil. “You have to care for it, take care of it.” There have been times during the past year when she did feel like throwing in the towel, but El Granjero is her baby.
PPP Stories (Part 1)
The Paycheck Protection Program has been a lifeline to many during this pandemic, but there have also been disparities. We wanted to fix that, so we reached out to colleagues, friends, and partners to find businesses that had been left behind.
Our Annual Report
While the world seemed to be simultaneously spinning out of control and standing still, Northern Initiatives stuck to our mission of helping underserved businesses survive and succeed.
Initiate Annual Report
At Northern Initiatives, we’ve been building our training, education, and technology systems for years. That’s why Initiate was able to transition, grow, and help more businesses during the pandemic.
A Note from our President
This past year, my first as president of Northern Initiatives, has been full of learning, lending, awe, and gratitude. In 2020, we had a 25% increase in loans closed, making more than 200 loan modifications to support 268 customers.