NLEA awards Indigenous businesses

BOYNE CITY — The Northern Lakes Economic Alliance’s newly-established Innovation Alliance made awards to seven Indigenous-owned businesses.

Seven business owners met Sept. 8 to pitch their start-up or growth idea for an opportunity to receive funding.

Awardees for the first Innovation Alliance event included Aurora B Lounge, LLC of Indian River, Autumn Eve Creations of Alanson, Creative Graphics by Eva of Harbor Springs, Fade Did of Petoskey, Superior Board Company of Kewadin, Two Women Beading of Petoskey and Watercolor Artist Russ LaLonde of Cheboygan.

Future Innovation Alliance events are planned in several different industries including Value Added Agriculture, Tech, Outdoor Recreation, Manufacturing, Recycle/Upcycle and Research &…

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