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Northwest Michigan Works! Business Services

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 Going PRO Talent Fund grants
  • Outplacement services to dislocated workers
  • Professional community involvement and networking
  • Connection to local Apprenticeship Success Coordinator

Business Services Team


Jessie Mitchell, Business Services Coordinator
(231) 929-5046

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Sharon Laraway-Gordon, Business Liaison 

Benzie and Manistee County
(231) 342-2569

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Mark Harrand, Business Liaison

Grand Traverse County

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Michelle Socha, Business Liaison

Leelanau and Grand Traverse Counties
(231) 620-8170

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Robert Best, Business Liaison

Wexford and Missaukee Counties
(231) 620-5175

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Dave Droste, Business Liaison

Emmet and Charlevoix Counties
(231) 709-1419

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


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