Harbor Freight Tools to open Adrian store in September

Harbor Freight Tools, a California-based retailer of discount tools and equipment, will open a store in Adrian this fall. A company representative reached via Facebook confirmed that the store, at 1366 S. Main St., is projected to have a soft opening on Sept. 15, with a grand opening celebration scheduled for Sept. 30. It will occupy the north part of the former Hobby Lobby building in Crossroads Plaza; the south part is now home to Planet Fitness. Continue Reading


Marshalls is hiring as it prepares for Aug. 20 grand opening

The new Marshalls store in Adrian is set to open in August, and will be hiring about 75 part-time employees during a series of open interviews next week. The discount clothing retailer is in the East Point Plaza, a new shopping center at 1651 U.S. 223, across the parking lot from Walmart. It will share the plaza with Ulta Beauty, Rue21, Shoe Carnival and Maurices. South Central Michigan Works is hosting three days of open interviews for positions at the store. The interviews will be conducted at SCMW’s Adrian service center, 1040 S. Winter St., Suite 1014. The dates and times are:

Tuesday, July 14, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 15, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, July 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

According to a listing on the Marshalls corporate website, the grand opening will be from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. Continue Reading

A group of Adrian-area students earned college scholarships from TLC Community Credit Union for a marketing project they took on as part of a two-week summer program called iChallengeU. Seated, from left to right, are students Taylor Mohler, Haleigh Galnares, Stephanie Ziviski and Andrea Germain. (Not present was team member Nathaniel Melnik.) Standing, from left to right, are TLC human resources manager Deb Elliott; Bob Tebo, director of the Regional Business Fellowship; Keith Covey, a teacher from Madison High School who worked with the students; TLC CEO Randy Smith; vice president of operations Bob Schrock; and executive vice president of administration Mike Servoss.

Five Adrian-area students earn college scholarships for TLC marketing project

A marketing project for TLC Community Credit Union led to college scholarships for five Adrian-area teens. The students were participants in iChallengeU, a summer educational program organized by the Regional Business Fellowship at South Central Michigan Works. The program, now in its second year, is an intensive two-week educational opportunity in which students form teams to work on problems posed by local businesses, who pay a fee to take part. The students who worked with TLC were Adrian High School seniors Haleigh Galnares, Nathaniel Melnik and Stephanie Ziviski; Adrian graduate Andrea Germain; and Madison High School senior Taylor Mohler. (Germain, Mohler and Ziviski all were dual-enrolled at the LISD Tech Center.) The question TLC posed was how the credit union could get more people of all ages to use its e-services such as its smartphone app and online and mobile banking. Continue Reading

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Lenawee United Way announces newest class for Emerging Leaders program

Lenawee United Way announced today that it has named 16 people to take part in its Emerging Leaders program, which is beginning its seventh year. Founded by Lenawee United Way in 2008, Emerging Leaders is an eight-month leadership development program for professionals between the ages of 22 and 40. “The program teaches leadership skills that they can go right back to their workplace and use,” said United Way executive director Amy Palmer, “but it also teaches community leadership skills such as how to be a good board member.” The members of the 2014-15 Emerging Leaders class are:

Andrea Bailey (Kemner-Iott Agency)
Jenna Borck (Masco Cabinetry)
Juana Chavez-Torres (Brazeway)
Julia DeJonghe (Gurdjian Insurance Group)
Alycia Demey (TLC Community Credit Union)
Amanda Davis (Catholic Charities)
Kimberly Morin (TLC)
Nikki Nyack (First Federal Bank)
Megan Porter (Cambrian Assisted Living)
Angela Raymond (Siena Heights University)
Tino Rebottaro (TLC)
Melissa Sheldon (South Central Michigan Works)
Laura Soto (TLC)
Danielle Stepp (Lenawee County Register of Deeds office)
Josh Van Camp (Gleaner Life Insurance Society)
Lisa Williams (TLC)

The program facilitators are Ashley LaVigne and Jason Borck. Palmer said that of the 76 people who have completed the program so far, 56 percent have changed jobs or been promoted, and 65 percent have joined a nonprofit board or advisory council or run for public office. Continue Reading