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Michigan Small Business Restart Program

Through the CARES Act and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), over $4.3 million in Michigan Small Business Restart Program dollars are being provided to many Northwest Michigan small businesses as they continue to work to recover from the COVID-19. 
 
For a list of Small Business Restart Grant recipients in Northwest Michigan click on the link below.
 

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Job POSTINGS

 
Regional Director of Community Development

Networks Northwest is seeking a dynamic and innovative leader to fill the position of Regional Director of Community Development.  Competitive candidates will possess the skills, abilities and experience to lead a team of community development professionals in the support of local units of government in Northwest Lower Michigan.

This position incorporates all aspects of regional planning program work.  Keeping projects and programs on time and on budget is a key component of this opportunity. The Regional Director of Community Development will also develop programs that meet the needs of the organization, communities, and region, all while leading the department’s team members to reach and exceed goals.   This position offers a unique opportunity to work closely with communities and programs that directly affect the quality of life in Northwest Lower Michigan.

This position is directed by and responsible to the Networks Northwest Chief Programs Officer.   The Regional Director of Community development is a key member of the Networks Northwest senior leadership team.

For a full job description click on the link below.

Regional Director of Community Development

Please e-mail cover letter, resume, and short writing sample to:  terry.vandercook@networksnorthwest.org
Applications will be accepted until October 9, 2020. 

For questions regarding this position, please contact Terry Vandercook, Chief Programs Officer, Networks Northwest, at terry.vandercook@networksnorthwest.org or 231-929-5058.


Community Planner

Networks Northwest is seeking a creative and passionate community development professional to fill the position of Community Planner.  Competitive candidates will possess the skills, abilities and experience to facilitate, manage, and administer community development and planning projects in the support of local units of government in Northwest Lower Michigan. 

This position will incorporate all aspects of regional planning program work.  While the ability to work autonomously and keep programs on time and on budget is required, there is a team atmosphere within the Community Development Department and you will have both support and assistance from a dynamic group of planning professionals.  This position offers a unique opportunity to work closely with communities and programs that directly affect the quality of life in Northwest Lower Michigan. 

This position is directed by and responsible to the Networks Northwest Regional Director of Community Development.

For a full job description click on the link below.

Community Planner

Please e-mail cover letter, resume, and short writing sample to:  terry.vandercook@networksnorthwest.org
Applications will be accepted until October 9, 2020. 

For questions regarding this position, please contact Terry Vandercook, Chief Program Officer, Networks Northwest, at terry.vandercook@networksnorthwest.org or 231-929-5058.


Small Business Consultant

Michigan Small Business Development Center

Traverse City, MI

Networks Northwest and the Northwest Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is seeking a creative and passionate business minded individual to fill the position of Small Business Consultant.  Competitive candidates will possess the skills, abilities and experience necessary to provide small business counseling services to Stage 1 and early Stage 2 business customers. 

The Northwest Michigan SBDC is a recognized leader in providing counseling, training, and market research to assist small businesses to launch, transition, innovate and grow in Northwestern Lower Michigan.  

Networks Northwest is a regional economic development agency that connects businesses, people, and communities.  Our mission is to build stronger communities and enhance the quality of life in Northwest Michigan.  Networks Northwest is proud of its long-standing history as the host agency for the Northwest Michigan SBDC.  To learn more visit:  www.networksnorthwest.org

This position will incorporate all aspects of small business consulting work.  While the ability to work autonomously and manage an individual portfolio of customers is required, there is a team atmosphere within the Northwest Michigan SBDC and consultants will have both support and assistance from a dynamic group of business professionals.  This position offers a unique opportunity to work closely with the businesses and community partners that directly affect the quality of life in Northwest Lower Michigan.  

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide day-to-day small business counseling services to existing business owners, analyzing business problems, developing solutions, and providing access to resources
  • Provide basic business start-up information and training programs to start-up clients
  • Provide critical information and support to existing business owners looking to grow
  • Maintain high standard of database oversight and portfolio management
  • Assist in marketing activities including digital communications as required
  • Lead training activities either in-person or virtually
  • Assist in developing and maintaining positive, productive relationships with collaborative organizations and individuals
  • Routinely function as the first point of contact with clients, evaluating their next steps for counsel or training, or referring to other team members

Requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree; business major preferred
  • Finance or e-Commerce experience preferred
  • Strong people skills and a desire to interface with the public required
  • 2-3 years of small business ownership, general management, business consultation or direct supervisory experience in a business organization or any equivalent combination of knowledge, skill, and experience
  • Considerable knowledge and skill in written and oral communication, including presentations to groups of people
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated ability using computer-based interfaces, such as MS Office Suite, Skype, GoToMeeting, Trello, Slack, Constant Contact, social media platforms, and CRM database experience desired
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license and insurable to drive agency vehicles

This full-time position is eligible for the following benefits; paid vacation and sick time, paid holidays, deferred compensation 401K retirement contribution, company paid medical, dental, vision and life insurance, yearly health savings account contribution, and access to agency vehicles for business related travel. 

Please submit resume, cover letter, and two writing samples by Monday, October 19, at 5:00 PM to annie.olds@networksnorthwest.org with Small Business Consultant’ as the subject line.


For other job postings in northwest Michigan, visit Pure Michigan Talent Connect:  mitalent.org

Networks Northwest and Northwest Michigan Works! are Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employers and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status or disability (in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act) with respect to employment opportunities. Auxiliary aids and service are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Testimonial

Our Township greatly benefits from Network Northwest's experience, depth of knowledge and understanding. Because they work with so many diverse communities in our ten-county region they understand the local land-use issues and are already working on solutions by the time we realize we need some help.

Susan Odom, Chair, Suttons Bay Township Planning Commission