New Sign 2016In 1980, the South Lansing Business Association, (SLBA), was organized as a civic
organization for the betterment of the city of Lansing with an em
phasis on the south Lansing area.  Our members are from all walks of life, including small business owners, community leaders, bankers, lawyers, and industry officials. Members of the SLBA most importantly, share a common interest in Lansing's south side.  SLBA has been involved with a number of important issues such as, improvements to Cedar Street, business district clean-ups, and sign ordinance legislation.  The SLBA knows the importance of good communication between government and private enterprise, and works to ensure those lines are always open.

This is a conversation between SLBA Board member, Ashley Barbeau and Diana Engman, owner of Hacks.

1.
       What made you choose your new location? Being a landmark business in downtown Lansing since 1921, I knew staying close by would be essential to carrying on the our loyal customers used to coming to the downtown location. Hacks needed a large enough space that could accommodate our new business endeavors.  It just happened this great location became available as I started my search. REO Town is just perfect to carry the business forward. It is in South Lansing but still close enough to downtown. The easy on and off the 496 expressway is another great bonus and convenience. 

2.       Do you have any special memories of the south side of Lansing that made an impact on you or your business? I was co-owner of A Complete Rental for 22 years on Mt. Hope Ave. many years at 1020 W. Mt Hope. I bought the 236 W. Mt. Hope Ave property from the Lansing Area Safety Council. It was 4 empty lots that I developed. It took a lot of perseverance at city council but was able to re-zone the property after 6 months. I was the General Contractor on the project and learned a lot about building and developed a strong interest in the trades. 

3.       What are some services or products that you offer that SLBA might not know about? We offer all types of doors (Garage, metal frame service doors, aluminium store front fiber glass and many other types), all types of door hardware, security systems surveillance and of course keys. We offer automotive keys including the newest technology type auto keys for much less than the dealers can offer. 

4.       Any specials or events coming up that you would like to share? I will soon offer monitored systems to compete with ADT and Guardian Alarm. They don't have true offices here to service our residents. 

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