7th Annual Return North Professional Career Fair

MTEC SmartZone and partners host their annual Upper Peninsula-wide Career Fair aimed at attracting alumni, former residents, and friends of the U.P. to the region.

Houghton, Mich., September 1, 2023 – Mark your calendars for the eagerly anticipated 7th annual Return North Professional Careers Fair, proudly hosted by MTEC SmartZone. Return North is a dynamic event designed to entice alumni, former residents, and friends of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to consider returning to their roots. The event continues to serve as a beacon within the statewide Back to Michigan talent attraction initiative.

Presented in collaboration with leading sponsor Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! and backed by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), the Return North career fair is a 100% virtual event this year. It is scheduled to take place on November 30th from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. For those eager to participate, whether as job seekers or representing businesses, online registration is now open at www.return-north.com.

Business enrollment carries a modest fee of $225 per company or organization, granting access to a wealth of benefits, including prominent company logo placement on the official Return North website and comprehensive access to the virtual online platform for engaging with skilled professionals.

Participation in these events comes at no cost to job seekers and is open to all members of the community. Whether you’re an established local professional or an individual looking to make the Upper Peninsula your new home, the Return North event presents an invaluable opportunity to engage with employers and gain insights into prevailing career prospects.

Reflecting on past achievements, Jason Mack, VP of Business Development at MTEC SmartZone, affirmed, “Our history of successful events has united a diverse spectrum of industries, spanning engineering, technology, cybersecurity, insurance and risk management, health and human services, higher education, law enforcement, manufacturing, and more. We eagerly anticipate facilitating yet another occasion for talented job seekers and visionary companies to connect and form meaningful connections.”

An integral component of the event’s success, the 2023 Return North initiatives are gratefully sponsored by Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! This dedicated team remains devoted to fostering the growth of the U.P. economy by steadfastly supporting local businesses, diligent employees, and job seekers through comprehensive, wraparound programs and services.

Tom Autio, Communications and Training Manager at Upper Peninsula Michigan Works!, underscored the significance of Return North, stating, “This event acts as a potent platform for both emerging and seasoned professionals to redirect their talents back to their roots. With the backing of UPMW, individuals considering a return to the Upper Peninsula can transition seamlessly, enjoying the abundance of amenities that our distinctive U.P. lifestyle has to offer while contributing to the vibrant expansion of our local economy.”

Join us on November 30th, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm, as we embark on a transformative journey at the 7th annual Return North Professional Careers Fair, collectively shaping the future of professional excellence in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

To RSVP for this event please visit Return-North.com

Event Details

Date: Thursday, November 30th, 2023
Time: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
Location: Virtual

RSVP Required Cost: $225 for Companies | Free for Jobseekers


About MTEC SmartZone

Michigan Tech Enterprise Corporation (MTEC) SmartZone is one of 21 SmartZone Incubators in the State of Michigan. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization directed by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), its mission is to accelerate high-tech business growth in the region. Since 2003,

MTEC SmartZone has provided mentoring, technical support, and other services to local companies that have led to the creation of over 800 high-tech jobs in the Houghton/Hancock area. 

About Upper Peninsula Michigan Works!

UP Michigan Works! (UPMW) is a driving force in the competitive world of workforce development and economic prosperity and serves the 15 counties of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. We connect employers, job seekers, training institutions, partners, and the community to maximize state and federal workforce resources. We support businesses to recruit, upskill, and retain top talent, and we coach individuals to be better employees. Through workforce development, we help people and businesses Get Ready to Win!

About MEDC

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, in collaboration with more than 100 economic development partners, markets Michigan as the place to do business, assists businesses in their growth strategies, and fosters the growth of vibrant communities across the state. MEDC’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation initiative establishes Michigan as the place to create and grow a business by providing high-tech start-up companies with access to a variety of critical resources, such as funding and expert counsel, from ideation to maturation. For more on MEDC Entrepreneurship & Innovation, visit michiganbusiness.org/entrepreneurship.

About Back to Michigan

Back To Michigan is a series of virtual and in-person career fairs, located across the state of Michigan, targeted especially for people interested in relocating to Michigan or those who are local and unemployed or looking for a change in career.

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