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The 5th Annual UPWard Initiative Business Plan Competition has been designed to encourage entrepreneurs to explore new ideas and start new businesses in the Upper Peninsula.

The competition is open to all residents in the Upper Peninsula, Marinette and Florence Counties. 


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The Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! Agencies, the Upper Peninsula Economic Development Alliance and the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center partnered to commission a Regional Innovation Grant (RIG) study by NorthStar Economics, Inc. The result was the 2009 “An Economic Opportunity Study for the Michigan Upper Peninsula/Wisconsin Border Region”.

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