NI provides customers with access to capital, information and markets through the following
Lending Services - Loans ranging from $2,000 to
$500,000 freestanding or in conjunction with funds from local banks. Loans are particularly
tailored for businesses that for whatever reason find it difficult to meet traditional lending
Business Consulting - NI provides a wide range
of business consulting services for rural businesses, manufacturers, and service and nonprofit
organizations. NI consultants are trained in Lean Manufacturing, Healthcare and Office and are
certified Personal Business Advisors. NI is an affiliate of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology
Centers and a member of the Michigan Manufacturing Extension Partnership program.
Network Building - Northern Initiatives works to build and enhance business sectors to
keep rural businesses alive and effective in their markets. NI is working with the timber and
forest industry to address issues dealing with changing markets and an aging workforce. The Great
Waters nature tourism initiative is building the tourism industry in the Eastern Upper Peninsula,
using a brand and website that gives tourists a one-stop information and trip planning resource.
Trees and Tourism- Initiatives includes ones that are designed in increase the
value and maximize returns on trees and tourism, while maintaining environmentally sound uses of