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Great Fun is Serious Business: Zap Zone and MCDC

Great Fun is Serious Business: Zap Zone and MCDC

Zap Zone is serious about fun. Its family entertainment centers feature Laser Tag, Indoor Glo-Golf, Bumper Cars, a Jump Zone and rows of arcade games. As “Birthday Party Central,” squeals and peals of laughter regularly echo throughout.

Ghaz Ismail opened his first Zap Zone in Canton in 1994. The MCDC came to play when the opportunity came to open in Lansing. Vacant movie theaters provide ideal venues with this drawback: banks rarely can approve loans with such limited and specialized collateral.  PNC introduced Ismail to the MCDC, and the business of fun got serious.

“In the past we have located in leased facilities - always paying rent,” said Ismail. “The SBA 504 loan we received through partnering with MCDC helped us to purchase the facility in Lansing. The greatest benefit is no more rent! It feels like we are now feeding our own giant piggy bank!”

Great fun is also contagious. The Zap Zone experience is in Ann Arbor, Farmington, Taylor, Utica, Waterford, Canton and Lansing