It takes a village is more than just a cliché in Lansing—it is how many organizations keep themselves rooted in the community, generously contributing time through volunteer efforts, sponsorship and a sense of camaraderie.
When Douglas and Sharon Weaver opened Douglas J Salon in Okemos in 1967, they shared their beginnings with thousands of other mom-and-pop salons across the country. And that’s precisely where all similarities end.
Even in tough economic times, when other companies have cut back on corporate donations, the Paramount Coffee Company of Lansing has not let up on its drive to give back to the community. “This area has been here for us and we want to make sure we’re here for them,” says Steve Morris, president and chief operating officer since 2005.
Jackson National Life Insurance Company (Jackson) is so committed to community service that not only do they give generous financial contributions, they also devote time, talent, energy and expertise to their charitable efforts. Danielle Weller, corporate responsibility specialist, makes sure it all comes together for optimal success. A wide range of programs guarantees that Jackson makes a real impact on the quality of life in Lansing and beyond.
Agriculture is deep in the DNA of Michigan. From lush cherry orchards in the north to verdant soybean fields in the south and all the dairy farms in between, our landscape is rich with farms. The strong work ethic and dedication to the land shown by those who make agriculture their career have nourished our state both literally and figuratively.
Once upon a time, it didn’t take much creativity for a growing company to get a loan. All one needed was a good business plan, a decent balance sheet and a willing bank. But in October 2008, faster than you can say, “I’m calling your loan,” all that came to screeching halt.