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State Of Manufacturing Tour Highlights Growth Of Jobs, Skills Needed

LANSING - When Jay Timmons took over as president and CEO of The National Association of Manufacturers' in 2011, many said manufacturing in the United States was dead, that factories and jobs were moving overseas and this country would have to shift to a service economy. Today he calls that notion "farcical." With growth in fields like

By | 2018-02-23T12:19:34+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|Small Business Association of Michigan|

Snyder Order Asks For Better Broadband Plan By August 

LANSING - Gov. Rick Snyder pledged Monday to convene a panel dedicated to crafting a "comprehensive plan to improve access to broadband services." Snyder issued an executive order creating a "Michigan Consortium for Advanced Networks,” which will be charged with putting together such a plan by Aug. 1. The plan, according to the Governor's office,

By | 2018-02-08T17:17:23+00:00 February 8th, 2018|Small Business Association of Michigan|

Gov. Snyder Proposes $5 Per Water Customer For $110 Million In Infrastructure Fixes

LANSING - Gov. Rick Snyder's final proposal last week: Putting a $5-a-customer fee on public water systems to come up with $110 million to fix up the state's water infrastructure.  The Governor called the state's water infrastructure "failing" and said it's time to fix water mains and replace lead service lines.  To do so, he's

By | 2018-02-08T17:17:24+00:00 February 8th, 2018|Politics|

Clean MI Govt; Prevailing Wage Repeal; Pot Legalization Raise $1 Million Plus

LANSING - Three Michigan ballot committees have gathered more than $1 million in support based on today's campaign finance filings with another committee on the verge of hitting the $1 million milestone. The amount raised isn't necessarily a harbinger for success, however. The Clean Michigan Government drive to create a part-time Legislature has raised more than $1 million,

By | 2018-02-08T17:22:39+00:00 February 7th, 2018|Politics, Politics/Government, Small Business Association of Michigan|

Michigan Public Service Commission Urges Lower Gas Rates To Reflect Lower Corporate Tax Rates

LANSING - After first inquiring with the utilities it regulates, the Michigan Public Service Commission urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to tell its interstate natural gas pipeline operators to adjust their rates in response to the lowered corporate tax rates under the new federal tax law. The MPSC said the FERC should "take immediate

By | 2018-01-31T20:37:06+00:00 January 31st, 2018|Clean Update, Politics|

Snyder Tells How Michigan’s Comeback Story Is Real

LANSING - Michigan's "relentlessly positive" governor used his final State of the State address Tuesday night to make the case why the Great Lakes State is better off today than it was when he took over more than seven years ago. The vast majority of Gov. Rick Snyder’s 53-minute speech Tuesday heralded "The Michigan Comeback

By | 2018-01-31T14:36:05+00:00 January 31st, 2018|Politics, Small Business Association of Michigan|

What The Latest Facebook Algorithm Change Means (and what to do)

LANSING - If you’re an inbound marketer, you know that sinking feeling. You wake up, stretch, start your coffee, and check your phone—only for your stomach to drop at that horrible phrase “algorithm change.” Depending on how long you’ve been in the game, you’ve ridden the ups and downs of the Facebook and Google algorithms as

By | 2018-01-30T17:33:15+00:00 January 30th, 2018|Small Business Association of Michigan|

Technology, Flexibility Remain Key To HR Effectiveness In 2018

LANSING - As technology continues to evolve, it affects the workplace and the workforce.  For organizations to remain competitive in a tight talent market, they must keep up with these changes. TO READ THE FOUR KEY TRENDS, CLICK ON https://www.sbam.org/Resources/tabid/97/ArtMID/2980/ArticleID/3062/Technology-and-flexibility-remain-key-to-HR-effectiveness-in-2018.aspx

By | 2018-01-19T09:46:34+00:00 January 19th, 2018|Small Business Association of Michigan|

Six Steps To Avoiding A Harassment Claim

LANSING - Sexual harassment in the news has many employers questioning if their workplace is free from harassment, but they may be overlooking other issues. Employers shouldn’t limit their attention to just sexual harassment. There are other types of harassment that are equally unlawful and need to be avoided. Harassment based on any protected status

By | 2017-12-15T06:57:04+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Small Business Association of Michigan|

Bonuses, Parties And Gifts: How Small Business Owners Can Navigate The Holiday Season

LANSING - Pumpkin spice lattes are flowing and leaves are changing color, which can mean only one thing: This year’s holiday season is right around the corner. For small business owners who already juggle more than their fair share of responsibilities, it also means they’ll need to manage some unique situations that only arise in November

By | 2017-12-13T08:52:40+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Small Business Association of Michigan|