Touring Northern Michigan small businesses

I believe that public service begins with serving the public and that begins with staying active in the community. That is why I recently toured several local businesses in Alpena and Gaylord as part of a continued effort to engage local leaders about economic development issues.

Vibrant communities attract investment and new jobs. We have come a long way in helping revitalize our state and build a positive business environment that has helped create nearly half a million new private sector jobs in Michigan.

These tours were about seeing the success of some of our outstanding small businesses and talking with the people behind that success on what we can do to continue to improve the economy and create jobs.

In Alpena, I toured Performance Locker with owner Casey Stutzman, Nowicki’s Sausage Shoppe with owner Phil Nowicki, Omega Electric and Sign Company with owner Ryan Fairchild, and Fiber Char with owner Dennis Schultz.

In Gaylord, Rep. Triston Cole and I toured Cutting Edge Computers with owners Courtney and Mike Willits, SunFrog with owner Josh Kent, and Telephone Support Systems with owner Ron Skoglund.

These home-grown companies illustrate the hard work and creativity of Northern Michigan. From becoming the nation’s largest online t-shirt company to making wood products, these businesses are examples of entrepreneurs succeeding and creating opportunities for residents to live and work in Michigan.

The tours were the latest of many visits I have made to the area. I regularly hold local office hours and have attended numerous events in the area. I encourage area businesses interested in having me tour their facilities to contact my office at 1-855-347-8036 or senjstamas@senate.michigan.gov.