Lansing Regional Chamber, Local Leaders Celebrate the Prestigious Recognition
(Lansing, MI) – The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) is thrilled to announce that Lansing’s very own Elderly Instruments has been recognized as America’s Top Small Business at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Summit. This prestigious recognition highlights Elderly Instruments’ outstanding contribution to the world of music and their unwavering commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion within the music industry.
In 1972, Stan Werbin and Sharon McInturff had a vision to create a space where the joy of music would be accessible to everyone. Their dream materialized as Elderly Instruments, a store where music lovers from all walks of life could come together, play, and purchase affordable, quality-fretted instruments and accessories. Over the past fifty-one years, Elderly Instruments has evolved into more than just a store; it has become a haven for instrument enthusiasts, offering everything from brand-new guitars to vintage mandolins and more.
Last year, the torch was passed to Lillian Werbin, Stan Werbin’s daughter. Under Lillian’s leadership, Elderly Instruments continues to thrive with the same dedication and passion as her father. With nearly 40 full-time employees and a firm place in the heart of Lansing’s community, the store has proven its resilience through generational transitions. It remains a business that, at its core, is all about making the joy of music accessible to everyone, where customers are encouraged to immerse themselves in the instruments, fostering trust and a hands-on approach.
“The rest of the country is finding out what we already know – Elderly Instruments is one of the best,” said Lansing Mayor Andy Schor. “I am thrilled that this Lansing small business is being recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. After 51 years in Lansing, Elderly Instruments continues to be a leader in our community and an excellent example of a small business making a big difference in the City of Lansing.”
But Elderly Instruments is not just a business, it’s a company built on building community. The store has played a pivotal role in revitalizing Old Town Lansing, drawing in music lovers from around the world and boosting tourism in the area.
However, their commitment to diversity and inclusion goes beyond music. As company president, Lillian has actively championed diversity and inclusion in the music scene. The business supports national and local initiatives that uplift the voices of LGBTQ+ individuals and people of color within the bluegrass genre. Their unwavering commitment to musicians of all backgrounds has cemented their reputation as a Lansing mainstay and a beacon of musical diversity and inclusion.
“The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce is immensely proud to see Elderly Instruments take home this honor at U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Summit,” said Tim Daman, President & CEO of the LRCC. “Elderly Instruments embodies the spirit of our vibrant and diverse community. Their dedication to making music accessible to everyone and their commitment to diversity and inclusion in the music industry is truly remarkable.”
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Summit was held October 19 to October 21, 2023. The seven finalists were selected from a group of 70 honorees.
“This is some well-deserved and exciting recognition for such a beloved business in the Lansing area,” Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (MI-07) said. “As I previously shared with Stan for their 50th anniversary last year: I’m not gifted musically, but I do know the sweet sound of success and Elderly Instruments has reached that not just as a business, but as a community staple that embraces diversity and inclusion. And now that success is being recognized on a national scale — congratulations, Elderly Instruments!”
For more information about Elderly Instruments, please visit www.elderly.com. To learn more about the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, please visit www.lansingchamber.org.
About the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce:
The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce is a leading voice for business in the Greater Lansing region. Representing over 1,100 businesses and individuals, the Chamber provides a wide range of programs and services to meet the needs of its members, with a focus on improving the business climate in the region.
About Elderly Instruments:
Elderly Instruments is a music store in Lansing, Michigan, providing a wide range of musical instruments and accessories. Founded in 1972, the store has been committed to making the joy of music accessible to everyone and fostering diversity and inclusion in the music industry. Their dedication to quality and community-building has made them a Lansing institution.