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Strong Brew Makes Cold Case for Coffee

Northern Michigan’s beverage market is thriving – world-class wines, desirable craft beers, unique sodas and teas – and now a new approach to coffee. Venture North is helping local entrepreneur Troy Daily launch a new cold-brew coffee product known as Strongbrew Cold Brew Coffee. Specifically, a $75,000 Venture North loan is being utilized for a […]

Food For Thought on the Move

Since its establishment back in 1995, Food For Thought and owner Timothy Young have built the company into one of the area’s best-known local food brands as a value-added manufacturer of primarily local, organic and natural Michigan products such as fruit preserves, salsas, mustards and sauces. Food For Thought is also provides co-packing services for […]

How Venture North Fuels Small Business Savings Through Energy Efficiency Financing

“It’s a very simple message: you can save cash and we can help to make the investment painless.” — Laura Galbraith, Executive Director, Venture North How Venture North Fuels Small Business Savings Through Energy Efficiency Financing Every small business is spending money on energy costs; the real question is whether those dollars are all going […]

Bottling Business Success in Bellaire

Bringing Northern Michigan’s natural resources to consumers in an environmentally responsible manner is generating business success to a company in Antrim County. Nate Rook of Bellaire Water Co. is rapidly building his business by bottling high-quality water from an artisan well at the company, and handling the product in an environmentally responsible manner by offering […]

Radio Centre, East Bay Plaza Net Energy Savings

Office buildings and shopping centers use large amounts of energy – but also represent major opportunities for energy saving measures. Venture North recently approved two more loans from its Energy Efficiency Loan Fund with Traverse City Light and Power Co. for Radio Centre in downtown Traverse City, and the East Bay Plaza Shopping Center along […]

Pangea’s Pizza Plans Major Expansion

Chris Mohrhardt bought Pangea’s Pizza in downtown Traverse City to complement the operations at his popular Incredible Mo’s family entertainment center and restaurant south of town. Now Mohrhardt is tapping a $100,000 business expansion loan from Venture North to help fund a major expansion project at Pangea’s that’s scheduled to open next summer. The funds […]

Hague Equipment Expand Exploration Work

One of the great stories in U.S. business is the resurgence of the domestic oil and gas industry and its role in creating more energy independence in the country. Venture North is helping one local company increase its oil and gas exploration efforts as part of the trend. Hague Equipment Co. of Michigan Inc. and […]