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A Northwest Michigan WORKS! Business Services Team member is an employer's first point of contact with the Michigan WORKS! system. The Business Services Team provides the following services, and more:

  • Employee recruitment, screening and referral
  • Workforce training and skills upgrading, including Skilled Trades Training Fund grants
  • Workshops on topics of interest to businesses, brought to you by the Employer Training Council
  • Outplacement services to dislocated workers
  • Professional community involvement and networking
  • Develop United States Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeships

Business Services Team


Rob Dickinson, Business Services Coordinator
(231) 929-5053






Sharon Laraway-Gordon, Business Services Specialist

Business Liaison for Benzie County
(231) 922-3757





Evelyn Szpliet, Apprenticeship Success Coordinator
(231) 723-2535






Michelle Socha, Business Liaison

Leelanau and Grand Traverse Counties
(231) 620-8170





Robert Best, Business Liaison

Wexford and Missaukee Counties
(231) 620-5175





Jessie Mitchell

Antrim, Grand Traverse, and Kalkaska Counties
(231) 620-8175





Dave Droste

Emmet and Charlevoix Counties
(231) 709-1419


















Northwest Michigan Works! is Supported by the State of Michigan and is a proud partner of the American Job Center Network.



Elise, Sarah and Elizabeth of Networks Northwest really made the Speak-Up Kalkaska Event successful, and we look forward to our continued partnership in completing the cooperative Master Plan Process.

Cash Cook, Kalkaska DDA Director