Chris is a Business Advisor with Northern Initiatives, a Community Development Financial institution based (CDFI) based in Marquette, Michigan. Northern Initiatives provides funding and assistance to businesses throughout Michigan. Wendel has worked with hundreds of business owners in the areas of finance, marketing, and management. A native western New York and a graduate from the University of Colorado, Wendel has direct business experience in retailing, publishing, and manufacturing. He previously worked with a business consultant with the Michigan Small Business Development Center and is a regular contributor to the Traverse City Business News and other regional business publications.