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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 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.



Northwest Michigan Works! is an essential resource for employers and job seekers in the Northern Michigan area.

Kathy Stuart, Michigan Rubber Products Human Resource Manager