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New UP entrepreneurial hubs to support small businesses

MARQUETTE, MI— Funding from the state will turn three Upper Peninsula organizations into entrepreneurial hubs.

The Small Business Support Hubs program is funded by American Rescue Plan Act dollars. It aims to support small businesses disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

Resources available from the hubs will include one-on-one coaching, cohort-based learning and accelerators, mentor matchmaking, pitch competitions, networking events, access to capital, partner referrals, and statewide resource navigation.

The Lake Superior Community Partnership is getting $3.4 million; the Michigan Tech Enterprise Corporation, $3.4 million; and the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation is getting $1.4 million.

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.