If entrepreneurs are going to fuel the Michigan economic comeback, as Gov. Rick Snyder insists, new ones must first be adequately trained and prepared for the challenge. The Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) in Lansing, which is housed at Lansing Community College, is an invaluable resource to local entrepreneurs who want to start a business or who already own a small business.
Triterra and the Kincaid Henry Building Group handle two vastly different aspects of redevelopment in the mid Michigan area, but for the men at the helm of the companies, partnering their “skill sets” has proven to be successful even in today’s tough economy.
A customer who walks into the door of a credit union plays a dual role. That person is not only a customer but also an owner. Credit unions, financial organizations owned and controlled by their members, provide most, if not all, of the same services as a bank, but they operate as not-for-profits, serving their members rather than maximizing profits.
With a fresh outlook and a seemingly greater sense of hope, mid-Michigan is slowly making its way back, utilizing local resources and the idea that small business is the wave of the future. Although traditional means of financing are making headway in a rather convoluted market, creative financing solutions have emerged as viable options to keep business moving and mid-Michigan gaining ground.
If one were to look around the Lansing area and assess all of the different businesses that comprise its workforce, there would be a surprising amount of small to midsize businesses that have been an important and stable part of Lansing’s economy. One such company is Airlift, located in Delta Township.
Tony Kayyod has learned that you eat what is placed on your plate in front of you while in a foreign country. No questions asked. “The last thing you want to do is offend someone by being picky,” says Kayyod, president of KAYTEK International and a savvy global traveler.