Northern Shores Community Development, Inc. (“NSCD”) is broadening its support to all Native Farmers and Ranchers located in Michigan. This service will assist Native Farmers, Agricultural growers and Ranchers in Michigan in providing Technical Assistance in identifying additional funding sources to increase their capacity to grow, maintain and increase their ranch, agri-business or small farm. “There are grants out there right now that will assist our Community and time is limited to apply” states Executive Director Tim LaCroix. “Although we do not have additional capital to provide more Farm loans this year, we are encouraged that there are grants and other funding sources available for our Tribal Community and we can assist you in helping identify those funding sources.”

“Our Tribal Community has a history of farming, for example my great grandfather owned and operated a dairy farm in Charlevoix County. It was called Hillside Farms and my great grandfather and his sons would deliver dairy products locally. This proud tradition is not only with my family but many families locally and throughout Michigan” states LaCroix.

If you are interested in obtaining information concerning potential grants or funding sources for your farm, ranch or agri-business, please contact us at (231) 347-6753 or by writing to us at Northern Shores Community Development, Inc., 1131 West Conway Road, Harbor Springs, MI, 49740.

If you are interested in our Artisan Loans up to $1,500.00 with generous terms please contact us. For further information about this program or our Energy Efficient Loan Program or financing of new and existing businesses please contact NSCD 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, Artisan loans and F.A.R.M Program Loans (when available) 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.

NSCD Board Members are Laura L. Blumberg (Chair), Pat Dyer- Deckrow (Vice-Chair), Kent Bartell (Treasurer), Steve Sochay (Secretary), Patrick Schmidt and Harley Luplow.

NSCD 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.