WHO
WE ARE

 

Venture North Funding and Development

Eager, experienced, flexible, ready.

Venture North provides small business loans and resources in Northwest lower Michigan for economic and community development. As a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Fund, we make capital accessible to entrepreneurs who might not have other avenues to start or grow their business.

We serve low-income and rural communities across Emmet, Charlevoix, Antrim, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Manistee, Wexford, and Missaukee counties in Northern Michigan.

Our team of experts bring decades of experience in small business success, banking, finance, data analysis, and community development. A call to Venture North means an agile response to new opportunities and a belief in the power of entrepreneurs.

Your Team

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Venture North President Laura Galbraith
Venture North Portfolio Manager Sara Christensen
Venture North Business Development Manager Annie Olds
Venture North Business Development and Coach Betsy Evans
Venture North Business Development and Coach Steve Brower

Board of Directors

Carla Gribbs

CARLA GRIBBS | Chair

Fomerly of DTE Energy

 
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LAURA REZNICH | Treasurer

Director of Finance | Plascon

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LAURA TRUDEAU | Secretary

Principal | Trudeau Consulting

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FRED TURCOTTE | Immediate

Past Chair

CFO | Hagerty

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SKIP SIMMS | Loan Committee Chair

Senior VP | Ann Arbor SPARK

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WARREN CALL

President & CEO | Traverse Connect

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TODD CIOLEK

Director | Cherry Republic

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LAUREN HARRIS

Director | Advantage Benefits

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ALICIA MAITLAND

Director | Munson Medical Center

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SAKURA TAKANO

Director | Rotary Charities

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GREG WEST

Program Manager | CDBG - Michigan

Economic Dev.

Corporation