Business Incentives

For those who want an outdoor adventure in and around one of the most beautiful towns anywhere, Charlevoix, Michigan offers a most picturesque setting on three lakes (including Lake Michigan), a quaint, charming and vibrant downtown and one-of-a-kind festivals. At once historic and progressive, Charlevoix has all the comforts of a larger community, including highly-ranked schools, a local hospital, low crime rate and opportunities to get involved and make a difference in the community. Charlevoix. It’s a classic beauty.

Charlevoix is Open for Business

View a video about Downtown Charlevoix and learn about the unique shops, superb restaurants, Cultural Corridor, and special events offered.

Entrepreneurial Toolkit

Review the Entrepreneurial Toolkit for the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (PDF).

Commercial Redevelopment District

Commercial Rehabilitation Act (PA 210) Public Act 210 of 2005 encourages the rehabilitation of commercial property by abating the property taxes generated from new investment for a period up to 10 years.  Types of commercial property enterprises include:

  • Engineering
  • Office
  • Parts distribution
  • Research and development
  • Retail sales
  • Warehousing

For more information, please view the Commercial Facilities Exemption Certificate Policy (PDF).

Redevelopment Liquor License

Redevelopment Liquor License (PA 501)To encourage cities to enhance their quality of  life for their residents and visitors to their communities, the Liquor Control Commission may issue public on-premises licenses in addition to those quota licenses currently allowed in those cities.  Eligible businesses must be:

  •  Located in an established business district, or redevelopment area
  • Have spent at least $75,000 in building improvements
  • Must have a seating capacity of at least 25 people
  • Among other requirements

For more information, please view the Redevelopment Liquor License (PDF).

Facade Grant Incentive Program

The grant program was created to encourage private investment in historic facades by providing financial incentives. Historically sensitive rehabilitation and dramatic improvement of facades in downtown Charlevoix will encourage good design that will serve as quality examples to preserve the architectural character that is distinctive to Charlevoix. By improving the appearance of the building facades, the program helps to improve the economic viability of the downtown.

For more information, please view the Facade Grant Incentive Program page.