According to owner Rachel Kuntzsch, the goal of
Kuntzch Business Services
is not to be big; it’s to be great. That hasn’t stopped the company from growing all the same. The community and economic development consultants out of Grand Ledge
has recently grown their staff by a third, adding two new positions.
Kuntzsch attributes the staffing increase to a growing list of clients, as well as the expansion of services to existing clients.
“We are providing a valuable service that is needed in the marketplace,” she says, “and the need is growing as Michigan's economy rebounds and our state's reinvention focuses on more sustainable economic development strategies.”
KBS helps communities, businesses, nonprofit organizations and universities develop project concepts, leverage relationships in the public and private sector, identify partners and grant funds, and write grant proposals.
“We have a great staff of committed individuals who have relevant expertise, experience, and a passion for making Michigan a better place, which is of course the right formula,” says Kuntzsch.
KBS anticipates hiring another employee in the next six months, and possibly another by the end of the year. Kuntzsch also highlights the firm’s impact on job growth outside their own direct hires through their community and economic development work.
Some of KBS’s newest projects include a placemaking project with the Michigan State Housing and Development Authority, and a project with the Michigan Recreation and Parks Association to evaluate the economic impact of parks and recreation to local communities.