Starting a Business

Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA) provides resources for communities and entrepreneurs to create and retain jobs in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan & Emmet Counties. One of their most popular workshops is "How to Really Start Your Own Business."

If you have questions about high-speed internet, the Connect Michigan website has information regarding broadband access.

Business-related Resources

NLEA has partnered with a number of agencies to create a network of Business Resource Centers (BRCs) in our region (BRC map). The BRCs are located in public libraries and are available for use by all. Antrim County's BRCs are located in the Central Lake District Library and the Elk Rapids District Library.

Networks Northwest (formerly the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments) serves businesses, non-profits, community organizations, individuals, and units of government. Their mission is to build stronger communities and enhance the quality of life in Northwest Michigan. In addition to many services, their data page provides links to a wide range of statistics, including population data, economic data, and employment data.

The Michigan Small Business Development Center provides services and support to small businesses. The Traverse City-based office is 1 of 12 offices statewide and is administered by Networks Northwest.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has extensive information that can provide guidance and assistance to both new and established businesses.

Business Services

The mission of the State of Michigan's Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) is to support "business growth and job creation while safeguarding Michigan's citizens through a simple, fair, efficient and transparent regulatory structure."

The Michigan Secretary of State's webpage, "Other Business Services," gives information about business services provided by the Department of State.

Agricultural Business Resources

Michigan State University Extension

NLEA's Agriculture Business Team

The State of Michigan's Agricultural Vehicle Safety Requirements

The State of Michigan's Department of Agriculture & Rural Development

Chambers of Commerce

Click here for a listing of the chambers of commerce that operate in Antrim County.