NLEA April Newsletter

Get your tickets for our Annual Event May 17 at Great Lakes Center
for the Arts.

Keynote speaker: Tom Moran, Moran Iron Works

We're switching up the format!

We will kickoff the event with our program. Then, rather than a traditional seated lunch, there will be food stations set up around the facility for guests to partake in while networking and exploring the building.
Moran Iron Works gains Congressional support

Buck Love, NLEA Business Retention & Growth

Michigan congressional leaders, Congressman Jack Bergman, along with Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, gave their firm written support to Moran Iron Works as they pursue funding for a MARAD Small Shipyard Grant which would allow them to take on an additional marine project each year, thus creating more jobs.
How DDAs can maximize downtown marketing
Amanda Baker, NLEA Downtown Development Coordinator

Few buzzwords are quite as big right now as Downtown Marketing and it has us all wondering, how can we best market our downtown?

It’s difficult to begin a marketing campaign without knowing the needs of the community. Conduct a market analysis to determine what is missing in your community, and actively recruit to fill those voids.
Preparing students to enter the workforce

Carly Bortz, NLEA Administrative/Communications Assistant

Designed to prepare seniors for their future careers, 71 seniors honed their job-seeking skills through mock interviews with area volunteer organizations prior to engaging in interviews for possible job opportunities with 18 area companies who were present.
New faces joining NLEA this summer

Hannah Sanderson, NLEA Business Attraction & Growth

Starting in May you will see two new faces around the region, as two student interns will join the NLEA team for the summer. For their project, they will work with local municipalities to highlight priority sites for redevelopment around the region, gather necessary information for developers, and then put together marketing packages for each site. Once completed, the sites will be used at the local and state level to attract positive development within our region.
How MSU Extension assists your communities, businesses, & entrepreneurs

Andy Hayes, NLEA President

In the vast amount of partners that make up the NLEA, one of our longest partnerships is with   Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) . This partnership is more than 25 years old and has enabled the NLEA to tap into vast resources that benefit companies, entrepreneurs, and area communities.

Do you know SAM?
Register with the System for Award Management (SAM) and do business right.

Jessica Lovay, NLEA Office Manager/Grant Administrator

The federal government purchases products and services from just about every industry, from space ship parts to staplers, but in order to do business with the federal government, you must have an active System for Award Management (SAM) registration. If you need to check the credibility of a company or apply for a federal grant and access the funds, those processes and many more also flow through SAM.
Find out what our Core Partners are up to!