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A | M Floral and Gifts

Amy McKinley has run businesses before and even has a degree in business. But she knows enough about business to know she doesn’t know enough.…
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Brewery Outré

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,…
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Supermercado Mexico

Javier Olvera has a simple reason for being in the grocery business: People eat three times a day. And, during the pandemic, they started eating…
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Snackwerks

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…
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Mallowfields

Mallowfields Grand Rapids, Michigan Jessa Challa, CEO of Mallowfields, combines her passion for GIS with her passion for uplifting minority-owned businesses Jessa Challa is having…
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Mallowfields Grand Rapids, Michigan Jessa Challa, CEO of Mallowfields, combines her passion for GIS with her passion for uplifting minority-owned businesses Jessa Challa is having…
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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…
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Systems Control "We needed customized training to suit our business, and we were able to work with The Center – Northern Initiatives to create the…
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Beechwood Café Roscommon, Michigan “I’m so happy to be working with Northern Initiatives as opposed to a big bank. There is such personal service. The…
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Little Black Rake Gladwin, Michigan “(Northern Initiatives) has been so much better than any other lending institution.” - Dave Moore, Little Black Rake Mary Moore…
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Mosley School of Cosmetology Grand Rapids, Michigan “I want to make sure I’m dealing with people the right way. I want everyone to be successful…
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The Only Cannoli Muskegon, Michigan “You have a dream and you think you know how to make that dream come true, but it’s so wonderful…
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Five Pillars Farm Berrien County, Michigan Sherman Reed has always been a thorough researcher, so when his research pointed him to Northern Initiatives, he researched…
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Tip'N The Mitten Grayling, Michigan A chance to give back to the community popped up during the summer of 2020, when another downtown business owner…
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