Traverse Connect is the lead economic development organization for the Grand Traverse region.
Traverse Connect supports area businesses through a combination of business attraction and retention strategies, talent development efforts, and strategic coordination among partner agencies. Traverse Connect serves the region as one organization supporting business growth and development, alongside partner organization Venture North Funding and Development.
MyNorth.com is the online home of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine, the flagship publication of MyNorth Media, a Traverse City, Michigan company dedicated to sharing stories and photos about vacations, restaurants, wineries, the outdoors, and more from Traverse City to Sleeping Bear Dunes and up to Mackinac Island.
Networks Northwest delivers programs and services for the 10 counties of Northwest Michigan. Our primary service categories are: workforce development; business & economic development; and community development.
NMC is committed to offering quality professional development and workforce training solutions for employers and employees.
SCORE TC is a non-profit association of 45 volunteers, local business veterans committed to building a strong and prosperous northwest Michigan business community.
TCNewTech is the Grand Traverse Region’s monthly pitch event, attracting 300+ attendees to connect and talk specifically about technology and entrepreneurship—an audience larger than any technology meetup in the state of Michigan.
20Fathoms is a membership organization for the region’s entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, tech professionals, creatives, and other innovators. To date $75 million has been raised by 20Fathoms startups and 140 jobs have been created.
Grand Traverse Area Manufacturing Council
The Grand Traverse Area Manufacturing Council was established to promote long-term thinking, education, and collaboration through people and companies that allow us to make great things in northern Michigan.
Pure Michigan Business Connect, a service of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, helps Michigan businesses through matchmaking events, targeting searches, and connecting with the community.
Pure Michigan Talent Connect
Pure Michigan Talent Connect is Michigan’s launch pad for new jobs, careers, and talent. PMTC connects Michigan’s job seekers and employers, and serves as a central hub linking all public and private stakeholders who support Michigan’s workforce.
Grand Traverse Region’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Action Network.
Their goal is to foster a Culture of Belonging in the region’s homes, businesses, and community.
Network members share their organizational and individual resources to address 4 Topic Specific Projects and multiple Network-Wide initiative each year.
Northern Michigan E3
Northern Michigan E3 is a local non-profit organization whose mission is to make the Northern Michigan region an area that celebrates and welcomes diversity and equality for all residents and visitors. This celebration and culture of acceptance will enhance the overall environment and opportunities for Black, Indigenous, and all people of color (BIPOC) in Northern Michigan. In addition, this will improve the economic and cultural stability of the region for years to come.
Disability Network Northern Michigan
Disability Network Northern Michigan provides programs and services for people with disabilities and their families in Traverse City.
ASK YOUR NORTHERN NAVIGATORS
I FOUND THE BEST WAY TO BUILD A LIFE HERE WAS TO SURROUND MYSELF WITH PEOPLE OF GREAT PASSION AND PURPOSE. FORTUNATELY, THERE’S NO SHORTAGE OF THEM HERE…I’M A FIRM BELIEVER THAT YOU HAVE TO PUT BACK INTO A COMMUNITY WHAT IT’S GIVEN YOU, AND TRAVERSE CITY GIVES A LOT.
Max’s top tip? From a career standpoint, there are countless resources such as SCORE for those who want to start their own business as well as industry leaders who are eager to help and connect with new people.
I MOVED TO TRAVERSE CITY FIVE YEARS AGO AFTER 41 YEARS AWAY FROM NORTHERN MICHIGAN. BEFORE JOINING THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, I WORKED FOR CONSUMERS ENERGY – THE LAST 17 YEARS AS THE SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF GOVERNMENTAL, REGULATORY, AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS.
David’s inspiration for Navigating with you? I benefited throughout my career from people who assisted in my job searches, career development, and mentorship, so now it’s my turn!
Feature photo by Harpe Star. Additional photography by Allen Kent Photography.