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Empowering industries of the future.

We work with scalable, early to mid-stage businesses and transitioning succession companies in the industries including, advanced manufacturing, food processing and agribusiness, life sciences and medical devices, and information technology.

Work With Us
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Lim­it­ed Part­ner Investors

We’re proud to part­ner with local com­pa­nies invest­ing in the future of West Michigan

  • Tina Freese Decker
    Pres­i­dent & Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer, Spec­trum Health System

    We are proud to part­ner in estab­lish­ing the New Com­mu­ni­ty Trans­for­ma­tion Fund. The funds are intend­ed to increase eth­nic and racial diver­si­ty in own­er­ship and entre­pre­neur­ship in West Michigan.

    Invest­ing in part­ner­ships that enhance equi­ty and strength­en our com­mu­ni­ty is con­sis­tent with our mis­sion to improve health, inspire hope and save lives.”

  • Robert B. Kaminski
    Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer, Mer­can­tile Bank of Michigan

    The New Com­mu­ni­ty Trans­for­ma­tion Fund has the poten­tial to be a nee­dle mover for the advance­ment of racial diver­si­ty for busi­ness own­er­ship in West Michigan.

    Mer­can­tile Bank of Michi­gan is pleased be one of the ini­tial investors in this fund, and through it, we remain com­mit­ted with all of our com­mu­ni­ty part­ners in work­ing to ensure that busi­ness oppor­tu­ni­ties are avail­able that will cre­ate a strong and sus­tain­able eco­nom­ic cli­mate in which every­one in our diverse com­mu­ni­ties can par­tic­i­pate and enjoy.”

Invest in a more diverse and innovative West Michigan

We believe in a more diverse economy, driven by economic prosperity in West Michigan’s communities of color. With greater access to capital and essential support services, we’re creating upward mobility for entrepreneurs who haven’t been given this opportunity historically. NCTF is actively partnering with investors who share this vision and are ready to lead.

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New Visionaries Wanted

New Community Transformation Fund is equipping ambitions early & mid-stage high growth companies, transition/legacy businesses and providing business development & support.

Opportunity Overview (PDF)

Who should apply

We’re actively seeking relationships with companies that:

  • Are scal­able, high-growth, ear­ly to mid-stage companies

  • Have founders locat­ed and oper­at­ing in West Michigan

  • Are in advanced man­u­fac­tur­ing, food pro­cess­ing and agribusi­ness, life sci­ences and med­ical devices, or infor­ma­tion technology

  • Are focused on mul­ti-gen­er­a­tional wealth cre­ation with­in his­tor­i­cal­ly dis­ad­van­taged groups

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The Right Place + NCTF

Through our partnership with The Right Place, The New Community Transformation Fund adds a key demographic lens to a robust ecosystem of growth and business success in West Michigan.

Our Approach
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Board and Investment Committee

Board of Directors

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    Birgit Klohs

    For­mer Pres­i­dent & CEO
    The Right Place
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    Christal Jackson

    Founder
    Head & Heart Philanthropy
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    Skot Welch

    Man­ag­ing Partner
    New Community Transformation Fund
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    Renee Tabben

    Mar­ket Pres­i­dent, West Michigan
    Bank of America
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    Garrick Rochow

    Pres­i­dent & CEO
    CMS & Consumers Energy

Investment Committee

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    Scott Mclean

    Man­ag­ing Director
    Spectrum Health Ventures
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    Myrna Soto

    Board Direc­tor
    CMS Energy
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    Kurtis Trevan

    Chief Exec­u­tive Officer
    Gun Lake Investments
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    Harold Burrell

    Part­ner, SVP
    Lighthouse Insurance
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    Tim Liang

    Man­ag­ing Director
    Alphamax Advisors
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    Doug Holtrop

    SVP, Cor­po­rate Banking
    Mercantile Bank of Michigan