WHO
WE ARE

 

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.

Venture North Funding and Development

Eager, experienced, flexible, ready.

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

Fred Turcotte, Venture North Board Member

FRED TURCOTTE

Chair | Hagerty

LauraTrudeau, Venture North Board Member

LAURA TRUDEAU

Secretary | Trudeau Consulting

Bob Brick, Venture North Board Member

BOB BRICK

Director | Brick & Corbett ReMax Bayshore

 
Carla Gribbs, Venture North Board Member

CARLA GRIBBS

Vice Chair | DTE Energy

Laura Reznich, Venture North Board Member

LAURA REZNICH

Treasurer | Plascon

Warren Call, Venture North Board Member

WARREN CALL

President & CEO I Traverse Connect

Todd Ciolek, Venture North Board Member

TODD CIOLEK

Director | Cherry Republic

Alicia Maitland, Venture North Board Member

ALICIA MAITLAND

Director I Munson Medical Center

Skip Simms, Venture North Board Member

SKIP SIMMS

Director | Ann Arbor SPARK

Lauren Harris, Venture North Board Member

LAUREN HARRIS

Director I Advantage Benefits

Sakura Takano, Venture North Board Member

SAKURA TAKANO

Director | Rotary Charities

Greg West, Venture North Board Member

GREG WEST

Program Manager |

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