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Celebrating Economic Impact at the 2019 Annual Luncheon

Updated: Jan 21, 2020

Each year, we gather our small business and economic development partners, clients and investors to connect and celebrate our collective impact in Northern Michigan. Board Chair, Fred Turcotte, kicked us off with opening remarks, followed by Executive Director, Laura Galbraith with the year in review.

"Since our inception, we have deployed over $5.7M in capital and provided over 100 loans to local employers who have created 300 jobs. We've also been able to assist over 500 companies that were expanding and had a gap between their dreams and a chance to make our economy stronger." - Laura Galbraith, Venture North Executive Director

Warren Call, Venture North CEO, and Jessica Sullivan, GTCEDC Board Chair, were our luncheon's keynote speakers and Jody Hayden, owner of Grocer's Daughter Chocolates, and Nic Welty, owner of 9 Bean Rows, spoke about their experiences with Venture North. Jody provided a chocolate tasting and Nic catered the luncheon.

Roger Curtis of Consumers Energy and Carla Gribbs of DTE presented checks supporting Venture North totaling $110,000! We appreciate your continued commitment with Venture North.

Thanks to Consumers Energy and ITC for sponsoring!

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