Wake Up Old Town brings together local businesses

By Juliana Moxley
Old Town Lansing Times staff reporter

Old Town Lansing — If you’re an early riser, Wake Up Old Town is the perfect opportunity to network and discover new ways to effectively run a business in today’s economy. Wake up and network

Wake Up Old Town is held at 9 a.m. on the first Friday of every month at an Old Town business and is open to anyone. The location of Wake Up Old Town rotates every month to a new store; this month’s venue was Great Lakes Artworks, located on E. Grand River Avenue. Great Lakes Artworks board member Richard Lott said Wake Up Old Town is a networking opportunity for people with businesses in Old Town and for those who might have an interest in the Old Town Commercial Association but aren’t currently part of it. “It’s a chance to meet other owners and you find out how they’re doing and how they’re doing it — then you can apply that to your own business,” Lott said.

A Chance for Everyone to Learn

Head Start is a program that gives young children of low-income families a fighting chance to succeed in school. Capital Area Community Services Head Start is located in Old Town and has more than 1,600 kids and families involved. Services are provided to pregnant mothers and children up to four years old. Head Start Director Lucy McClintic said families have to go through an interview process so Head Start can place the child in the proper school. “Families with low income turn in an application and then have to be interviewed so we know what type of services we need to provide for them and what school will be best for the child,” said McClintic.