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7/21/2/23 - The DTE Energy Foundation has made a $50,000 award to Venture North destined to build businesses, jobs and communities in northwest Michigan.  Get the skinny here.


7/14/23 - Venture North Funding and The Antrim Foundation are collaborating to help small businesses in the county/region, but their main focus right now is Mancelona, for many reasons. Mancelona is benefiting from economic development and growth. We are on a postive, forward roll! In addition to flexible and affordable loans, bridge or gap funding and mini-grants, Venture North offers free consulting services to help us be successful. New and existing businesses can apply. There are several resources available to answer your business questions and Venture North can also help connect us to additional partner resources as our needs call for it.  Annie Olds is coordinating a Lender Ready workshop for anyone interested in applying or learning more. Reach This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 231-735-4767, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 313-410-5951, The Antrim Foundation, for more information.


Michigan Small Business Grants -  Although the federal government does not publically provide grants for starting and expanding a business, in Michigan, some small business grants are given to business owners to start and grow their ventures, and grant recipients do not have to pay back the funding from government. Therefore, it makes sense to look into small business grants as one of your sources to fund your business.  To apply for business grants in Michigan, contact Michigan financial aid agencies

Thinking of starting your dream business, or growing your existing? Michigan Small Business Development Center can assist from writing a business plan to the moment you turn on the "open" sign.  Their team of business consultants provide no-cost services, in-person and on-line training, business plan consultation, market research and more.