Start a Business

Start a Business

The chamber website hosts extensive information and links, for doing business in the area, as well as finding resources with our membership.  Our members can help in a variety of areas to further your professional journey.


In today’s marketplace, business no longer needs urban roots to succeed. Modern technologies such as high speed Internet and wireless broadband are connecting small-town life to big-time business.

Antrim County is home to nearly 24,000 people; half of those people make up the workforce. According to the latest federal census, per capita earnings for the area averages nearly $24,000 annually. Each household earns an average of $45,000 annually. Bellaire has 3,430 potential employees.

Although manufacturing accounts for the highest amount of personal income, most of the area’s employees – nearly 3,000 – work in the service jobs, with retail trade employing an additional 2,700. Many of these jobs are a result of county’s flourishing tourism industry, with employers ranging from restaurants and lodging establishments to antique shops and snowmobile dealerships.

The county’s attributes have spurred growth, with the population increasing more than 28 percent from 1990-2002.

Do You Need Help Starting Your Business?

The Michigan Small Business Development Center provides counseling, training, research and advocacy for startups, existing small businesses and innovative tech companies. Counselors provide support and a planning tool to help…

Steps to Success Seminar

From MEDC: Registration for the Steps to Success Seminar will be closing soon! REGISTRATION:SESSION THREE | REGISTER BELLAIRE – October 17 FOR QUESTIONS:Please contact Amanda Munson at Please see…

Business Opportunity- Cyman Gardens

Step foot into a world of beauty, and magical landscapes right out your front door. Located on the 45th parallel this well established, full service nursery and landscape home business.…

NLEA Offers Entrepreneurial Resources

Looking to start a business, but not sure how or where to start? The Entrepreneurial Toolkit, provided by Northern Lakes Economic Alliance, contains local resources on creating a business plan,…

Business Licenses

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan issues a number of business-oriented permits and licenses. (Click here for a Fee Schedule.) They also performs many types of inspections. A few of…