• Economic Development

  • Benzie County’s major industries are tourism and agriculture, with a growing emphasis on fruit processing and valued added agriculture. Small manufacturing is also expanding.  New retail and restaurants are also on the increase in our area.

    The Benzie County Chamber of Commerce works in partnership with the Benzie County Economic Development Corporation, Venture North Funding, the Small Business Development Corporation and SCORE.

    Information included on this page offers tools and resources for starting, expanding, counseling and analyzing your business.

  • Benzie Grows Businesses


  • Helping Business Begin and Expand

    Venture North Funding

    Benzie County, located in the Traverse Bay Region, works in partnership with Venture North Funding (formerly the Traverse Bay Economic Development Corporation), which is proud to offer vast opportunity for business growth. Few other areas in the state offer more in terms of quality of life and economic opportunity than the Traverse Bay Region through the programs of the .

    Whether it’s a new start-up, business expansion, company relocation, or concern with agencies in local and state government, Venture North Funding is a viable asset to your business.  We provide assistance and services in areas such as site location, low interest financing, business counseling, business resources, and tax incentive assistance.

    Venture North Funding
    202 E. Grandview Parkway
    Traverse City, MI 49684
    Phone: (231) 995-7110
    info@venturenorthfunding.org


  • Business Funding

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    An excellent resource for financing a new or existing business or visit the FUNDING CONTINUUM for alternative financing resources.

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  • Tourism

    Throughout the county there are many family owned small businesses that attract and meet the needs of tourists.  In recent years the Benzie County Area Convention and Visitors Bureau was created to increase the numbers of tourists to the area, especially in the spring and fall seasons.

    A 31.1 percent population growth between 1990 and 2000 moved Benzie County into the first position in population growth percentage in northwest Lower Michigan. The population grew from 12,200 in 1990 to over 17,000 in 2010. This continuing growth trend offers opportunities to existing local businesses, as well as to new investors to the area.

    'Up North, I would relocate there!'  More and more, enterprising individuals and small companies are finding ways to plant and grow their business in Benzie County. Driven by the county's economic support and the energy of those who value the Up North lifestyle, a diverse group of businesses are flourishing.


  • For more more information on doing business in Benzie County,

    call the Benzie Chamber of Commerce at 231-882-5801