Doing Business in Emmet County

It all works here!

For generations, the most respected and internationally regarded families, entrepreneurs, executives and corporate leaders have come to Northern Michigan for rest and relaxation, and found, in turn, a wealth of reasons to invest more than just their time.

In recent decades, summer homes have evolved into year-round residences, as working families find their niche along the shores of Lake Michigan. The region’s diversified economy — a mix of successful retail, industrial, tourism-oriented, agricultural, building trades and health and medical professions —is buoyed by responsive local units of government, convenient transportation, state-of-the-art technological infrastructure and an alliance of business professionals in place to ensure success from day one.

As Emmet County leaders see it, the easier it is for businesses to open shop and thrive here, the better it is for the county and the region as a whole. In fact, the county’s board of commissioners is examining its planning and zoning policies to streamline the process for those applicants who meet code at the get-go.

Whether it’s turning a penchant for extreme sports into a profession or catering to the tens of thousands of tourists who flock up North, operating a factory with hundreds of skilled employees or expanding a family specialty business, the sky is the limit in Emmet County when it comes to business opportunity.


There aren’t many towns of 6,000 in rural America that can boast walking-distance access to the world’s best physicians, a cadre of top oncologists, internationally regarded cardiologists, skilled stroke specialists, high-level nurses and prompt, state-of-the-art EMS response services with Emmet County EMS.

But Petoskey can.

Living in Emmet County brings quality of life on many fronts and providing the best of the best in health care has always been at the top of the chart.

For decades, McLaren Northern Michigan has offered quality healthcare. Named a 100 Top Hospital in the US and a 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital by IMB Watson Health, McLaren Northern Michigan serves this community well as a regional referral center. Thousands of year-round and part-time residents generously support the hospital through the McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation, ensuring access to state-of-the-art technology, equipment, and facilities.

Among the colleagues hustling down hallways and delivering care with compassion are doctors who literally could practice anywhere in the world. They’ve chosen Emmet County.

Business Resources – Emmet County, Michigan


Emmet County, Michigan
200 Division Street, Petoskey MI 49770
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