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Employee Focus: Steve


How did you come to work at MWEB? I came here on the recommendation of my counselor at the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons. Before working here, I sent out a lot of applications, I got a few interviews, but I wasn’t getting a call back.  I was upfront with them about being legally blind and I always wondered if that was one of the reasons I didn’t get a call back. 


I reached out to MWEB and was asked to come in for an interview.  It only took a couple of weeks before I heard back with the good news that I had gotten a job!  I started to work as a seasonal employee on the production floor assembling and packaging items. 

What is your role here? I work in sales support doing data entry currently. I was promoted to this position summer of 2018 after there was an opening in the department. I take orders and enter them into the system as well as work with billings and a few other details to make sure that the warehousing and distribution flows smoothly.   Because I’m still going to school and I’m hoping to work in technology, this is a good fit for me.  I really feel like I’m contributing as well as developing my skills.  This job also works really well with my school schedule.


How has working at MWEB impacted you professionally? Before this, I worked at the WMU bookstore part time, so this is my first “real” job.  It is giving me a lot of experience with data entry as well as learning to better navigating a variety of computer systems.  I really want to work with computers in the future, optimizing software and troubleshooting, fixing bugs, etc. so this is helping me get more familiar with how systems should work. 



How has working at MWEB impacted you personally? Basically this job has given me something to fall back on in a couple of ways.  Socially, my friends used to give me a hard time about not having a job and now I have a job that I’m proud of and can talk about.  Financially this job has helped me to support myself and have some money to go out and have fun.  I’m really glad that MWEB has given me the opportunities that it has. 

MidWest Enterprises for the Blind specializes in subcontracting, throughput reduction, lead time reduction, and cost reduction.  Our specialties include kitting, packaging, assembly, warehousing and distribution.  We are a 501C3 (Not for Profit Organization) and by partnering with us companies add value to the community by providing labor hours for people who are blind.  Similar companies in our field include MRC Industries and Goodwill.  We do all of this with our up to date ISO 2015 Certification.