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NLEA Annual Lunch Postponed
The Annual Lunch will not be held on April 24, in order to protect the safety and well-being of our attendees. We are discussing with our Board of Directors whether to postpone the event for later this year or to cancel completely for the year. We will be in communication with anyone who has already purchased tickets about refunds once a decision has been reached. Thank you all for your patience and stay well.
NLEA to join region-wide effort amid economic challenges related to COVID-19
Andy Hayes, President
In these uncertain times, we are working diligently to remain abreast of government assistance and updates regarding Coronavirus COVID-19.

Our staff team will be working closely with efforts lead by Networks Northwest to pull together all area economic development and business support agencies. This includes other economic development organizations in our region, NCMC, USDA, MI Works, MEDC, SBDC, etc.
COVID-19 Helpful Links
SBA to Provide Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Small businesses that could benefit from SBA loans are encouraged to start collecting the information they’ll need to complete and submit their application. Examples of information needed can be found  here. It is also helpful for small businesses to contact the MI SBA Office to speak to the hardship they’re facing as SBA can then use this to expedite the data gathering process.
For additional information or to obtain help preparing the loan application in advance of the declaration, please contact the Michigan SBA Offices for northern Michigan, Samantha McDonald - Traverse City Office covering Charlevoix and Antrim Counties, and David Emmel - covering Cheboygan County.
NLEA welcomes Angie Ross as Business Attraction Specialist
Andy Hayes, President

We are excited to announce that Angie Ross will be joining the NLEA as our Business Attraction & Growth specialist. Angie brings a lot of experience, expertise, relationships, and contacts to our team. We have worked with her over the years in a variety of capacities including as a career specialist with NCMC and business solutions and career advisor with NW MI Works. She is also a past president of the N MI Chapter of SHRM (HR Directors Association).
Are you ready to lead the charge?
Jessica Lovay, Community Development & Grants
Is your community or business ready to take the leap into providing Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations? Did you know there are funding opportunities out there to help with costs? Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA) has been diving into the different rebate programs and funding opportunities for the emerging topic of EV Charging Stations.
Be Counted in the 2020 Census

We need everyone to be counted in order for dollars to be dispersed accurately to states and communities.

Make sure your community residents are informed on the Census. Here is a helpful link to resources to help you spread the word.
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