Jacob Smith and Adam Duke wanted to stay in Michigan, but like so many fellow young professionals at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, respectively, the graduates struggled to find a job in Metro Detroit. So the pair decided to make their own jobs and then some with Go Green Energy Consulting.
“We weren’t set on leaving,” Smith says. “We wanted to stay ideally, but we were having a really hard time finding jobs. At the same time, 98 percent of our friends left the state to find jobs.”
Smith and Duke started their energy-efficiency consulting services firm two years ago, a year before they graduated with business degrees. Today the Southfield-based firm provides enough work for them and five independent contractors. They hope to add a few more people to their team by the end of the year as they continue to expand their service offerings.
Go Green Energy Consulting started off by offering energy audits for homes. It has since expanded to provide energy-efficient home upgrades and air sealing of homes. The company has evaluated close to 100 houses and has upgraded another 20.
“That was a big addition to our business,” Smith says. He adds that part of the inspiration for the business was his study of social entrepreneurship at U-M, prompting him to find a way to pursue it as a career. Today his environmentally sound venture has given him a big reason to stay.
Source: Jacob Smith, co-founder of Go Green Energy Consulting
Writer: Jon Zemke
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This article previously appeared in Metromode.