By Dan Roma, CFO of National Coney Island
As a leading industry in Michigan, hospitality employs almost 13 percent of the workforce in Michigan, making it a vital industry to the state's economic success. We appreciate these employees everyday, but this week they deserve a special shoutout.
February 5-9 is Pride in Food Service Week, initiated by the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals. This observance was created to acknowledge and show appreciation to all of those in the food service industry. Hospitality workers have proven themselves to be resilient as the industry faced challenges during the pandemic and continues to evolve to meet the needs of Michiganders.
Although we take pride in our industry everyday, we are especially proud this week to work in the food service industry. Each and every one of my employees plays a part in our success, and they are always striving to improve at their craft.
As the Chief Financial Officer of National Coney Island, I understand the demands that this industry asks of employees everyday and I also firsthand understand the potential it has for a rewarding career, especially for those who invest in themselves and continue to learn and grow.
One way my employees have been enhancing their skills is enrolling in the Hospitality Training Institute of Michigan’s Hospitality Business Management Certificate Program. For a limited time, 2,000 Michigan residents can enroll in this training program at no cost, available in a hybrid model so it can fit into your schedule. This is an opportunity for employees to gain new skills, improve on current skills and gain industry certifications, including ServSafe manager certifications, leadership trainings, and more. The course focuses on a variety of topics such as financial management, effective leadership, food safety and more. In addition to all of the knowledge gained, students who successfully complete the course will receive a $500 stipend.
Having a successful career in the hospitality industry requires a passion for people and a spirit for hospitality - beyond that, the Hospitality Training Institute of Michigan can teach you the rest. I encourage all of my fellow hospitality workers to take advantage of this opportunity and set yourself up for success.