Northern Shores Loan Fund, Inc. (“NSLF”) is proud to announce that it is partnering with Waganakising Odawa Career & Technical Education Program (“WOCTEP”) to offer Tribal Citizens low interest Artisan Loans effective April 1, 2014.

“This continuing collaboration with WOCTEP offers a way for our Tribal Artisans to purchase supplies in order to create, display and sell their products at Tribal events. It is way for Tribal Members to become micro entrepreneur and at the same be able to work with WOCTEP to teach their craft to others.” Stated Tim LaCroix, Executive Director of NSLF. “WOCTEP offers assistance to anyone who would like to participate (High school/GED graduates, dual-enrolled students, current North Central Michigan College (“NCMC”) students, or community members looking to go to college for these skills can enroll. WOCTEP staff assists with the NCMC enrollment and registration process.”

Although NSLF does not require NCMC enrollment, we encourage anyone seeking to open a micro entrepreneur business selling their artisan product, to speak with WOCTEP and find out additional information.

NSLF offers Artisan Loans up to $500.00 with generous terms. For further information about this program or our Energy Efficient Loan Program or financing of new and existing businesses please contact NSLF at (231) 347-6753 to discuss financing options for your Artisan, Appliance or Business Loan needs. Or come visit us at 1131 W. Conway Road, Harbor Springs, MI 49740. Our hours of operation are from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday.

Our service area for Appliance Loans and Artisan loans is the entire State of Michigan. Business loans include the following counties: Alcona, Alpena, Antrim, Arenac, Bay, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Clare, Crawford, Emmet, Gladwin, Grand Traverse, Iosco, Isabella, Kalkaska, Lake, Leelanau, Manistee, Mason, Mecosta, Midland, Missaukee, Montmorency, Newaygo, Oceana, Ogemaw, Osceola, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon, and Wexford in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.

NSLF Board Members are Laura L. Blumberg (Chair), Pat Dyer- Deckrow (Vice-Chair), Kent Bartell (Treasurer), Steve Sochay (Secretary).

NSLF does not discriminate within its charter-defined Target Market in providing services to individuals or businesses on the basis of real or perceived race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, age, marital status, family status, or physical or mental disability or any other characteristics protected by federal or tribal laws.