Getting a job is hard enough for college seniors and when a worldwide pandemic is thrown into the mix, it seems almost impossible. Gloria Kobler has applied to 100 jobs in the past three weeks alone and has had several interviews canceled, and even a job offer rescinded. For many companies, hiring new employees is on hold, putting many college seniors and graduates in a tough place as they enter the job market. As many states continue to enact stay-at-home orders, it’s unclear as to when many of those entering the job market will be able to start working.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Traverse City in northwestern Michigan is home to many entrepreneurs. The town has a supportive food scene, excellent tourism, a strong Chamber of Commerce, and many citizens with amazing stories to tell. If you walk through Downtown Traverse City, you may come across Ben Phillips, owner and founder of Ben’s Boards, a company that rents paddle boards on Grand Traverse Bay. Scroll through social media and it’s likely you’ll see Sean Murray, founder of Green Light Podcast.
On Feb. 13, downtown DeWitt will be home to a new craft coffee shop owned by 31-year-old Justin Hartig. “My goal is to kind of change the culture of coffee,” said Hartig, “to kind of put a little edge to the coffee shop scene.”
The Crafted Bean will have a modern atmosphere with a 50’s twist to it. Using vinyl records provided by East Lansing’s “The Record Lounge,” Hartig plans to cover the floor with them to add to the shop’s character. “I had notebooks full of different ideas,” said Hartig.
Michigan has experienced six years straight of automotive sector growth, according to an analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data. After plummeting to a 21st century low in 2009, the 2015 rate again marked improvement in employment, with about 122,400 Michigan workers in the field compared to 117,600 the year before. In the Nov. 8 election, both major-party candidates have promised to preserve the boom. When in Michigan, both Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton keyed in on the issue of manufacturing strength as a point of persuasion for undecided voters.
Lansing offers resources for small businesses development; they just have to be sought out. Dawne Botke-Coe, owner of Triple Goddess book store, said, “The Small Business Development Center at Lansing Community College helped me figure out how to run my business when I first started.”
Regional Director of the SBDC at LCC, Tom Donaldson, said the center has a lot of resources for businesses in the beginning stage that are free of charge. “We offer over 65 workshops and seminars on how to start, get bank loans, how to market, and how to use social media,” said Donaldson. “Experts are brought in to work one-on-one with entrepreneurs on financial projections, business strategies, utilizing the market to their advantage.”
Professor of Center for Entrepreneurship at Ohio University, Luke Pattaway, said the SBDC is one of the largest resources for businesses all over the country. Botke-Coe said the SBDC offered mentorship programs and workshops that taught her how to manage her money when she was in the process of starting her business.
By Shane Jones
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter
DEWITT — DeWitt is not a city that is filled with major corporate business or many different fast food restaurants. There isn’t a Starbucks on every corner and the downtown area is not filled with skyscrapers. DeWitt is just a small city. Even though the population of DeWitt is small, however unlike the rest of the United States there is no issue of unemployment for its citizens. According to the DeWitt City Administrator, Dan Coss, the unemployment rate is currently at 2.1 percent.
Ten percent of Americans have been victims of credit card fraud, according to the Statistic Brain Web. Some of those victims are from Ingham County. “I have twice” been a victim, Ted Johnson, a bus driver, said. Johnson said he got the verification from his bank first, but he did not report it to the police. Thomas Holt, an assistant professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University, said fraud can manifest itself in different ways.
By Peter Nuttall
Living In The Ledge Staff Reporter
Over the past few years Grand Ledge has seen a disappearance of shops, specifically in their downtown area. With buildings open for rent, Grand Ledge City Administrator Adam Smith said that they are always open to the idea of new businesses coming in. “The city is always looking for businesses to come into our town looking to make a good positive investment and impact in the community,” he said. Grand Ledge Mayor Kalmin Smith said the building of the Eastwood Towne Center and the Frandor Shopping Center in nearby Lansing hurt some stores and businesses that used to be downtown. “Before the growth of Lansing, Grand Ledge was a separate little city and it had a vibrant downtown providing just about everything,” he said.
By Isaac Constans
Listen Up, Lansing Staff Reporter
Being the state capital means that Lansing is home to Michigan’s highest-ranking officials and is the source for legislation in Michigan. But governmental action is not contained to under the dome; government employees work throughout the city and their employment has an impact that can be felt throughout Lansing. The presence of the capitol also encourages many different state-wide businesses to settle their headquarters in Lansing, according to Keith Lambert, a tri-county development manager for the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP). “I think it has a huge impact on Lansing in general,” Lambert said. “Because we are the capital city of the state Michigan, we see a lot of businesses that are advocacy-oriented.