Success Stories

Creating prosperous communities and thriving businesses

Featured Success Stories

A | M Floral and Gifts

Newaygo, Michigan
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

Kalamazoo, Michigan
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

Grand Rapids, Michigan
  “Northern Initiatives saw the potential we saw and was the first lender who helped us ... You are the ones who made this happen.”…
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Snackwerks

Battle Creek, Michigan
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

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 a blast discovering places…
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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 just wanted to continue selling…
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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 and yet feel loved and wanted.” –…
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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 to have the resources available.…
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Five Pillars Farm
Eau Claire, Michigan
  Sherman Reed has always been a thorough researcher, so when his research pointed him to Northern Initiatives, he researched some more and surprised even…
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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 announced he was ready to…
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PM Power Group
White Pine, Michigan
“Northern Initiatives told us, 'It's an honor. We've got faith in you.' That means a lot.” Zach Halkola, COO, PM Power Group Zach Halkola remembers…
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GRNoir
Grand Rapids, Michigan
“We are really grateful to Northern Initiatives. Not only did we get financial support, but community support.” Nadia Brigham, co-owner, GRNoir   Shatawn and Nadia…
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Ragsdale Home Furnishings
Battle Creek, Michigan
"I started my business using credit cards to purchase inventory and equipment. At the time, I didn't know groups like Northern Initiatives were out there…
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Drifa (Marquette Brewing Cooperative)
Marquette, Michigan
"Northern Initiatives took us from the days when we couldn't sell beer to when we could sell again!" David Gill, President of Drifa A global…
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