HBA of Greater Lansing Proactively Addresses Worker Shortage Skilled trades are vital to Michigan’s economy. Future trends indicate an increasing demand for skilled trades workers, yet there is a growing concern by businesses that there is a shortage of workers in the labor market. The Home Builders Association of Greater Lansing is proactively addressing this issue by bringing together member businesses to form a Workforce Development Committee. “Greater Lansing’s residential housing market is at its strongest level compared to the last few years and we believe this growth will extend well into the future,” said Cindy Kosloski, Chief Executive Officer for HBA of Greater Lansing. “The challenge we face is whether the building sector is going to be able to meet growing demand from buyers given the shortage of skilled trade workers in the labor market.” Eighteen HBA member businesses have joined together to form the Workforce Development Committee, headed by Kosloski and the HBA of Greater Lansing. The Committee commenced in April and plan to continue meeting on a bi-monthly basis. A few of their goals include bringing greater awareness to the industry, clearing up misconceptions about the industry and partnering with educational institutions to help recruit skilled workers. Douglas J Aveda Institute Sends Nine Beacon Winners to PBA Beauty Week Douglas J Aveda Institute sent nine winning students to Beacon 2014, as part of the Professional Beauty Association’s (PBA) Beauty Week in Las Vegas, Nev. from July 12 to July 15. “We are so proud that close to 10 percent of the Beacon winners come from Douglas J each year,” said Scott Weaver, owner of Douglas J Companies. “We encourage our students to apply by offering to pay for their entry fee. We do everything we can to support them as they complete the application process from helping them put together a resume to providing a photographer to take their portfolio photos.” One hundred students, along with 200 honorable mentions, were selected to attend Beacon as part of PBA Beauty Week in Las Vegas from more than 900 applicants based on the creativity, presentation and content of their resume, professional portfolio and creative marketing pieces. Beacon winners receive free tuition, and honorable mention attendees pay a small fee, to attend Beacon, which includes a full line up of education tailored specifically to them. Capital Imaging awarded Corp! Magazine’s 2014 Michigan’s Economic Bright Spots award Local digital printing company, Capital Imaging, is honored to win a 2014 Corp! Magazine Michigan’s Economic Bright Spots Award. Among 46 other Michigan-based companies receiving this award, Capital Imaging is the only Lansing-based company represented. After facing hardships during the economic recession, they were persistent in seeking new and improved ways to better serve their customers. Investing in the latest equipment, growing their digital color printing department and improving their marketing efforts are just a few good ideas that helped land them a spot on this list. President and co-founder Bo Noles said, “I am thrilled that Capital Imaging is seen as one of Michigan’s Economic Bright Spots. Hats off to my team of dedicated and loyal employees that make it all happen and are most deserving of this distinction.” Wolke Accepts Teaching Position at Potterville High School Shari Wolke recently accepted a high school English teacher position at Potterville High School. Prior to this, Wolke worked as a writing instructor at Olivet College (2012-2013) and also as a writing instructor at Michigan State University (2010-2012). She brings the skills that she’s learned to her new position about best practices in writing instruction to serve students in Potterville public schools, particularly assisting seniors making the transition from high school to college or a career. Wolke received a bachelor of arts in English Education from Michigan State University and a master of arts in writing and rhetoric, also from Michigan State University in 2012. Accounting MOVE Project highlights Plante Moran as a 2014 Best Public Accounting Firm for Women Plante Moran was recently named by the Accounting MOVE Project as a 2014 Best Public Accounting Firm for Women. The MOVE project, now in its fifth year, surveyed 50 firms using benchmarks to evaluate the retention of women leaders in public accounting and their advancement to partnership. Firms participating in the Accounting MOVE Project were ranked on the range, depth and success of programs and a workplace culture proven to remove barriers to women’s success, especially at midlevel and above. The Accounting MOVE Project highlights Plante Moran for the firm’s nationally known work-life programs, strengthening the tracking of leadership-bound women and building out the firm’s network of champions for women in the firm’s 19 domestic offices. Specifically, the report applauds Plante Moran for its Women in Leadership program which is designed to accelerate the firm’s ability to both attract and retain women leaders. Introduced in 2013, the program’s long-term goal is to have equal presence, impact and influence from men and women at all levels of the firm, including partnership. YMCA of Lansing offers Year-Round Food Program with Walmart grant funding In an effort to combat child hunger in our community, the YMCA of Lansing is offering its free Year-Round Food Program, thanks to a $35,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation. Combining food and fun, the program provides nutritious meals and snacks and fun learning enrichment activities to keep youth healthy, active and well-nourished. The program will run at four sites for children enrolled in Y summer programming, including the Y’s Oak Park and Westside branches and Mystic Lake Camp, as well as the Refugee Development Center, and nine sites throughout Lansing for children who participate in the Y’s afterschool programs starting in the fall. The YMCA of Lansing is expecting to serve 2,134 children throughout the year. To find out more, visit www.ymcaoflansing.org.