Bellaire Chamber of Commerce

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Life in Northern Michigan

Beyond our outstanding business and entrepreneurial advantages, Northern Michigan is a great place to live and play. Long know for unparalleled natural beauty, our region is abundant with friendly, hometown atmospheres; exceptional schools; outstanding health-care; nationally acclaimed arts, cultural and historic facilities; endless four-season recreational opportunities; and quaint downtown’s bursting with renowned shops and award-winning restaurants. Just a few of the many amenities that attract and retain quality employees and working families, and provide an unequaled standard of living.

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.

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…

Agricultural Business Resources

Michigan State University Extension NLEA’s Agriculture Business Team The State of Michigan’s Agricultural Vehicle Safety Requirements The State of Michigan’s Department of Agriculture & Rural Development

Starting a Business in Antrim County

(courtesy of Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA) provides resources for communities and entrepreneurs to create and retain jobs in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan & Emmet Counties. One of their most…

About Village of Bellaire

The Village of Bellaire is located in West Central Antrim County. The Village is bisected by the Intermediate River, which serves as the jurisdictional boundary line for Kearney Township to…

Upcoming Business Classes

Oct 08

Start-Up Fundamentals – Traverse City

October 8 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Oct 30

Northwest MI-SBDC Small Business Summit

October 30 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
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