The Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) is the only statewide and state-based association that focuses solely on serving the needs of Michigan’s small business community. We have been successfully serving small businesses like yours in all 83 counties of Michigan since 1969. We’re located in Lansing, just one block from the Capitol.

Whitmer Waiting For ‘Full’ COVID-19 Plan From Lawmakers

LANSING -The Michigan House passed a $3.5 billion COVID response plan made up of mostly federal dollars, but Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is looking for a "full plan" that uses the rest of the $2.5 billion the federal government has set aside to Michigan for the recovery. Whitmer spokesperson Bobby Leddy said the governor's office can't speculate

State Projecting July-August Vaccination Start For ‘Everyone Else’ Category

LANSING - If you’re not a senior, a frontline essential worker or someone with a health issue, you may not get a COVID vaccine until July or August at the earliest, according to the state’s interim timeline for its vaccination campaign. However, Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said the calendar is an interim one, and it’s based

By |2021-02-09T17:50:26-05:00February 9th, 2021|Coronavirus, Science, Small Business Association of Michigan|

What Industry Is Listed As Having The 3rd Most COVID Outbreaks?

LANSING - Behind nursing homes and K-12 schools, which industry is next on the list when it comes to reported COVID-19 outbreaks? It's the combined manufacturing-construction category, with 443 outbreaks from May 29 to Jan. 14, according to Michigan Department of Health and Human Services data. Only nursing homes and long-term care facilities (1,040) and

By |2021-02-07T11:44:18-05:00February 5th, 2021|Coronavirus, Science, Small Business Association of Michigan|

Gov. Whitmer Announces Restaurants To Have Limited-Capacity Openings Feb. 1

LANSING – Gov. Whitmer announced details regarding restaurant and bar reopenings. Effective February 1 - February 21: • Indoor dining permitted at a 25 percent capacity, up to 100 people • Bars and restaurants must close by 10 PM • Tables must be six feet apart with no more than six people per table •

By |2021-01-24T18:24:52-05:00January 23rd, 2021|Small Business Association of Michigan|

Gov’s Goal Is For Every School To Offer In-Person Option By March 1

  LANSING - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the state has set a goal to have every Michigan school district offer some sort of in-person learning option by March 1, if not sooner.   The governor did not say she was requiring schools to provide in-person learning. Asked why she didn't require it, Whitmer said there's

By |2021-01-15T10:10:15-05:00January 15th, 2021|Small Business Association of Michigan|

Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program To Provide $55 Million In Grants For COVID-19 Relief Efforts

LANSING - The Michigan Strategic Fund today approved two grant programs – the Michigan Small Business Survival Grants and the Michigan Stages Survival Grants – totaling $58.5 million in relief to help meet the urgent needs of small businesses and live event venues impacted by the COVID-19 virus, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced. Michigan

By |2021-01-15T15:27:21-05:00January 14th, 2021|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs, Small Business Association of Michigan|

Michigan House Considering Elliott-Larsen Change

LANSING - Under the radar, there are renewed legislative efforts to expand the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to ban discrimination in housing and employment for the gay community, which, if approved, might negate the need for a statewide ballot proposal in 2022. MIRS has learned that House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) would like to get something

By |2020-12-16T21:11:38-05:00December 16th, 2020|Politics, Small Business Association of Michigan|

Gov. Whitmer Wants ‘Lame Lame Duck’ Session

LANSING - If the Legislature isn’t going to put some type of mask mandate into state law, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said last week she believes the rest of the legislative year should be a “lame lame duck.” Whitmer told reporters that lawmakers had eight months during which to pass legislation that would codify her executive orders

By |2020-11-30T09:40:12-05:00November 29th, 2020|Politics, Politics/Government, Small Business Association of Michigan|

With a COVID Vaccine on the Horizon, Should Your Organization Require Employees to Get Vaccinated?

LANSING - Last week, Pfizer announced it has a Coronavirus vaccine with a reported 90% efficacy. Shortly following, Moderna announced their vaccine has similar efficacy at 95%. Though they estimate March or April 2021 before it’s widely available, it is clear that the government will be encouraging everyone to vaccinate. Due to being in certain

By |2020-11-23T16:33:39-05:00November 22nd, 2020|ESD, Small Business Association of Michigan|

Future Hiring Projections Post COVID-19

LANSING - We are all aware of how COVID-19 has impacted hiring within our business since March 2020.  A majority of businesses froze or slowed their hiring amid furloughs and layoffs.  Now that we are at the end of 2020, what trends are we expecting in 2021? Criteria, a talent acquisition assessment company, surveyed over

By |2020-11-09T18:26:35-05:00November 8th, 2020|Small Business Association of Michigan|