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    More than $4.3M in Small Business Restart Program Dollars for COVID-19 Economic Recovery Efforts

    Through the CARES Act and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), over $4.3 million in Michigan Small Business Restart Program dollars is being provided to many Northwest Michigan small businesses as they continue to work to recover from the COVID-19.

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    MiCareerQuest Northwest 2021

    MiCareerQuest Northwest 2021 will expose students in Northwest Michigan to exciting careers and endless possibilities.

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    Virtual Information Session for Employers Looks at Benefits of Apprenticeships

    All types and sizes of businesses from across Northern Lower Michigan can learn about the benefits of an apprenticeship program at a virtual apprenticeship information session Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on the Zoom meeting platform.

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    Local Talent Development Professional Honored by Michigan Works! Association

    Brenda Lake, a Career Services Specialist at Northwest Michigan Works! in Cadillac, was awarded a “Shining Star” Award by the Michigan Works! Association for her efforts to meet employment needs in Missaukee and Wexford counties.

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    Campaign Underway to Ensure Northwest Michigan Communities are Counted in Last Month of Census

    A new advertising campaign is underway in Northwest Lower Michigan in response to a new Census response deadline slated for September 30. The Northwest Counts campaign will focus on boosting responses in the parts of the region with the lowest Census response rates.

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    Local Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Program Receives State and National Recognition for Serving Youth

    Staff members with the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program in northwest Michigan have received state and national recognition for their work equipping young people with the skills to overcome barriers and succeed in education, employment, and in life.

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    Survey Looks at Moving Freight in Northern Michigan

    Challenges and opportunities related to moving freight in Northwest Lower Michigan provided the focus for a recently completed survey of businesses in the region.

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    New Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Program Launches in Kalkaska

    Northwest Michigan’s first Medical Assistant apprenticeship program is underway in Kalkaska. The U.S. Department of Labor registered Medical Assistant apprenticeship is being offered by Northwest Michigan Works! in partnership with Kalkaska Memorial Health Center.

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    Summer Youth Employment Program Still Available Through Northwest Michigan Works!

    Young people in Northwest Lower Michigan still have time to participate in Michigan’s 2020 Summer Young Professionals employment experience, preparation, and exploration program.

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    B&P Manufacturing Selected as Northwest Michigan PTAC Small Business of the Year

    B&P Manufacturing in Cadillac has been selected as the Northwest Michigan PTAC Small Business of the Year.

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    Virtual Graduation Ceremony Celebrates Achievements of Adult Education Class of 2020

    A virtual graduation ceremony online is honoring the Northwest Michigan Works! Adult Education Class of 2020.

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    Networks Northwest Provides Roadmap to Help Local Communities Recover From Impact of COVID-19

    A “Roadmap to Resilience” will provide guidance on the type of recovery actions each community in Northwest Michigan can take to mitigate the COVID-related economic disruptions that have occurred in our region.

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    Northwest Michigan Works! Helps DreamLab Industries Find Workers to Make Face Masks

    When DreamLab Industries in Traverse City needed more workers to manufacture antimicrobial face masks during the COVID-19 crisis, they turned to Northwest Michigan Works! for help.

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    COVID-19 Regional Economic Impact Data Released

    Networks Northwest has partnered with a consultant, 4th Economy, to provide the community and decision makers an overview of some of the economic impact associated with the government’s response to COVID-19.

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    Updating Payment Source for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

    If you filed a Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claim and are having trouble getting your UIA funds released, you may have to update your payment source.

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    New Online Tool Provides Answers to Questions About COVID-19 Resources

    A new COVID-19 Resources section on the Northwest Michigan Works! website will help employees and job seekers find answers to a wide variety of frequently asked questions related to COVID-19.

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    PTAC Helps TentCraft Respond to COVID-19 Crisis

    When the COVID-19 crisis hit in 2020, TentCraft recognized a need for portable, quick-deploy medical screening and containment tents. They were able to start manufacturing those products for customers including the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

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    $1,000,000 in State and Local Dollars Support Businesses Affected By COVID-19

    Michigan Strategic Fund dollars from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) will support grants and loans to businesses in the 10 counties of Northwest Lower Michigan affected by Governor Whitmer’s “Stay at Home” Executive Order.

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    Resources for Workers and Employers Affected by COVID-19

    The State of Michigan has a variety of resources available for workers and employers affected by COVID-19.

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    Networks Northwest CEO Asks Partners to Begin Planning for Economic Recovery After COVID-19

    Networks Northwest CEO, Matt McCauley, is asking economic development organizations, colleges, and other partners in Northwest Lower Michigan to begin planning for the economic recovery after COVID-19.

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    Networks Northwest Awarded Michigan Economic Development Corporation “Innovative Fund” Grant

    A $400,000 Innovative Fund Grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) will support the creation of a shared economic development strategy for the 10 counties of Northwest Lower Michigan to improve regional economic competitiveness.

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    Northwest Michigan Business and Employee Receive Michigan Works! Impact Awards

    A Charlevoix woman and her employer received Michigan Works! Impact Awards for utilizing a local Business Resource Network (BRN) to help the employee overcome homelessness and other challenges.

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    Local Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Students Attend 2020 Legislative Day in Lansing

    Students in the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program coordinated by Northwest Michigan Works! attended the JMG Legislative Day February 28 in Lansing.

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    Updated Benchmarks Northwest Regional Guidebook Released

    Networks Northwest has updated Benchmarks Northwest, a citizen and policy makers' guide to assess and monitor community issues throughout the region.

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    Pavement Ratings Show Condition of Roads in Northwest Michigan

    Staff from county road commissions, the Michigan Department of Transportation, and Networks Northwest drove on over 2,800 miles of federal-aid-eligible roads in the 10-county region in 2019 to complete the Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating (PASER).

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    Rules for Public Meetings During COVID-19 Reviewed in New Online Video

    A video recorded by Networks Northwest in partnership with MSU Extension provides critical information about how to hold public meetings during the COVID-19 outbreak while staying in compliance with the Open Meetings Act.

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    Bill Marsh Auto Recognized for Supporting Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates

    The Bill Marsh Auto Group has received the first-ever Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) Employer of the Month award.

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    Students Begin Culinary Apprenticeship Training

    Classes and On-the-Job training are underway for students in northern Michigan’s first Culinary Apprenticeship program.

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    Grants Awarded to Support Census Outreach in Northwest Michigan

    $110,000 in grants will support 10 northwest Michigan agencies and collaboratives in their U.S. Census outreach activities in historically undercounted communities.

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    Northern Michigan JMG Students Attend National Leadership Event

    Students in the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program coordinated by Northwest Michigan Works! attended the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) National Student Leadership Academy December 5 –7 in Washington, D.C.

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    Apprenticeship Opportunities Highlighted During National Apprenticeship Week

    Students, employers, and educators learned about apprenticeship opportunities at multiple events organized by Northwest Michigan Works! during National Apprenticeship Week November 11-17.

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    Standing Ovation Award Winner Always Makes Positive First Impression

    Northwest Michigan Works! Employment Services Assistant, Jim Sterk, has received the Networks Northwest Standing Ovation Award for 2019.

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    New Culinary Apprenticeship Program Set to Kick Off in Northern Michigan

    A first of its kind apprenticeship program in northern Michigan will give future culinary workers the opportunity to build their skills. The new culinary apprenticeship program is being offered at Boyne Highlands, Boyne Mountain, and the Inn at Bay Harbor with assistance from Northwest Michigan Works!

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    JMG Students Build Skills at Leadership Day

    Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates students from northern Michigan worked on leadership and team-building skills at the JMG Leadership Day at Camp Hayo-Went-Ha near Central Lake.

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Kathy Stuart, Michigan Rubber Products Human Resource Manager