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.

Eager, experienced, flexible, ready.

Your Team

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Venture North President Laura Galbraith
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Board of Directors

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FRED TURCOTTE

Chair | Hagerty

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LAURA TRUDEAU

Secretary | Trudeau Consulting

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BOB BRICK

Director | Brick & Corbett ReMax Bayshore

 
Carla Gribbs

CARLA GRIBBS

Vice Chair | DTE Energy

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LAURA REZNICH

Treasurer | Plascon

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WARREN CALL

President & CEO I Traverse Connect

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TODD CIOLEK

Director | Cherry Republic

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ALICIA MAITLAND

Director I Munson Medical Center

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SKIP SIMMS

Director | Ann Arbor SPARK

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LAUREN HARRIS

Director I Advantage Benefits

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SAKURA TAKANO

Director | Rotary Charities

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GREG WEST

Program Manager |

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