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.
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Board of Directors
CARLA GRIBBS | Chair
Formerly of DTE Energy
LAURA REZNICH | Treasurer
Director of Finance | Plascon
LAURA TRUDEAU | Secretary
Principal | Trudeau Consulting
FRED TURCOTTE | Immediate
CFO | Hagerty
SKIP SIMMS | Loan Committee Chair
Senior VP | Ann Arbor SPARK
President & CEO | Traverse Connect
Director | Cherry Republic
Director | Advantage Benefits
Director | Munson Medical Center
Director | Rotary Charities
Program Manager | CDBG - Michigan