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CHAR-EM United Way Supports Northwest Michigan Works! Business Resource Network

PETOSKEY, MI— Char-Em United Way has partnered with Northwest Michigan Works! in support of the Charlevoix and Emmet Counties Business Resource Network. This employer driven collaborative is focused on enhanced employee support, retention, and training, and is available to businesses pursuing additional resources for their employees.

Char-Em United Way is offering financial and in-kind support to move this vital initiative forward for businesses and their employees in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties. A shared Success Coach is meeting with local employees at their job sites offering a wide range of assistance including help with transportation, child care, housing, financial supports and so much more!
“Char-Em United Way is excited to partner with Northwest Michigan Works! in bringing the Business Resource Network to our area,” said Lorraine Manary, CEO of Char-Em United Way. “We believe this program will proactively support local workers who are struggling to make ends meet. So many residents are just one paycheck away from hardship and through this partnership and network we hope to make it easier for them to remain financially stable.”

Employers are being registered now and businesses interested in this unique employee support program are encouraged to contact Evelyn Szpliet at or 231.631.2613.

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