Michigan business owners fear a new challenge is coming their way


LANSING, Mich. (WILX) – Coronavirus, inflation, gas prices and war in Ukraine – All problems create anxiety in people trying to run a business. One of the hardest hit areas in Mid-Michigan is downtown Lansing.

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The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce held its policy forum Thursday at the Lansing Country Club.

“We need to have a strong urban core for the whole region to thrive.” said Steve Japinga, senior vice president of public affairs at the Chamber of Commerce.

Business owners who have struggled for the past two years because of the pandemic now fear that a new war will create an even greater challenge. Those on the front lines said it was on their minds every day.

“I think it’s going to take a lot more money, there’s a lot of need, it’s everywhere but, it’s a different change and we really need to put this plan together, this vision this strategy on what our downtown is going to look like,” Japinga said.

A representative from Lansing’s utility, the Board of Water and Light, said there was hope.

“We are more than equipped to provide solutions that best suit this community. Coming together and discussing how we can address the issues facing this community is in our best interests,” said Calvin Jones, director of government relations at BWL.

To come together, share ideas and propose solutions to keep Lansing area businesses open.

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