Dennis West is the President of Northern Initiatives, based in Marquette. He represents CEDAM’s Regiondwest-headshot 1 (Upper Peninsula).

What is the history/purpose of your organization, in one sentence?

Northern Initiatives was created to build a more diverse and resilient economy in Northern Michigan. Northern Initiatives does that work through making small business loans to starting and growing businesses and supporting those businesses with top line and bottom line knowledge tools and resources.

What do you do at your organization?

I am the President.

Is there anything special we should know about you or your organization?

Northern Initiatives passed the mark of having made $50,000,000 in small business loans in 2016, and was ranked 16th in the Country in dollars of Community Advantage and microloans made