Hey Michigan peeps!
What if I told you that the State of Michigan would pay for you and your store manager to enroll in a Jackson Retail Success Academy™ style program in your area? Rather than you driving all the way here to take the class on your dime, I would do it in your neck of the woods for you and your friends, and the State would pay most* of the bill.
The Skilled Trades Training Fund in Michigan exists for that purpose.
Here’s the thing …
You need to get your local Michigan Works! office to submit the grant for it to happen (have them contact me for details.)
Send this to your DDA Director, Chamber Director, and Economic Development Director, too. Tell them you believe a Retail Management Training Program (especially the JRSA™ program) will help save jobs and boost the local economy.
Tell them all to contact your Michigan Works! office and help you push this through.
The State of Michigan wants you and your team to have the right training to be successful. They are willing to pay for it. You should let them.
PS *I say most of the bill because I don’t know all the details of the program. In the cursory explanation I received there is still a small amount you might have to pay depending on the circumstances of the class and what gets approved for the grant. For instance, you may have to pay employee wages while they take the class. But if you get your local economic development people on board, those costs might be even further minimized.
PPS Don’t put this on the back-burner. They are taking submissions right now for 2018. Call your Michigan Works! office this week!