Monroe County Commissioner Jason Sheppard has been connected to small businesses for nearly two decades. Seventeen years ago he founded his own small business. Today, that business is still up-and-running and he has taken on many other projects in addition.
As Jason serves his second term as County Commissioner, he prides himself in having hands-on access to the community and what makes it thrive: small businesses. Through organizations like the BBA, and connections he has made as a commercial real estate agent, he has rooted himself deeply in the community he serves.
Jason has continued to help companies expand throughout the area, and has helped facilitate hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant money for small businesses from the state. Jason believes that when officials and business owners can focus inward on their communities, it allows for growth and a better quality of life. Eventually this success will spread state-wide, but it all starts at home.
One project Jason lead, for example, was the LaVoy Road Bridge Project. When the business community with hundreds of employees were hindered by a failing bridge, and a road commission that lacked funding to fix the problem, Jason stepped up to coordinate resources between the Business Development Corporation, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Bedford township and the affected business community to apply and receive a grant to address the problem. This grant was the first of its kind in Michigan, and allowed free flow of traffic from Telegraph Road onto LaVoy Road once more, giving effective access back to citizens and businesses.
Jason is proud to have served his community as a commissioner and is ready to take his experience and home-grown knowledge to Lansing to represent the area he has made a life in, with his wife Melissa.