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About Networks Northwest

Founded in 1974, Networks Northwest facilitates and manages various programs and services for the 10 counties of Northwest Michigan. Our primary service categories are: workforce development; business & economic development; and community development. Our programs include Northwest Michigan Works!, APEX Accelerator, various business services, and many different initiatives in response to our communities’ requests and needs. You will see the broad spectrum of workforce, business and community services Networks Northwest offers as you look through our web site.

Networks Northwest's member counties are: Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, and Wexford.



Our mission is to build stronger communities and enhance the quality of life in Northwest Michigan.



Our hallmarks are public-private partnership, visionary leadership, responsiveness and adaptability, entrepreneurship, and economy of scale.





Demonstrate sincere effort, expertise, purpose,
and skillful execution.


Be honest, respectful, fair and open-minded,
even when no one is looking. 


Provide others the tools, resources, opportunities
and motivation to move in positive directions.


Foster and apply imaginative, inventive approaches
that make a positive impact.

    Optimism   Lead with confidence, promote strengths,
and view barriers as opportunities.

Build and strengthen relationships to share ideas,
leverage capabilities and maximize resources. 

    Celebration   Recognize accomplishments and embrace
an enjoyable work culture.



Businesses, community organizations, individuals, units of government, and regional or sub-regional topical networks


Physical address:

600 East Front Street, Suite 205,
Traverse City, MI 49686-4330


Our mailing address is:

Networks Northwest
PO Box 506
Traverse City, MI 49685-0506


Telephone and FAX:

Phone toll-free at 1-800-692-7774
Local Traverse City telephone (231) 929-5000
Fax: (231) 929-5012


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Northwest Michigan Works! is an essential resource for employers and job seekers in the Northern Michigan area.
- Kathy Stuart, Michigan Rubber Products Human Resource Manager