Small Business Association of Michigan

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.

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 |2021-01-23T15:33:47-05:00January 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|

Small Business Association of Michigan Creates Guide To Navigate COVID Work Situaitons

LANSING – To aid with the transition to remote work, the Small Business Association of Michigan has created a new guide aimed to help small businesses navigate and thrive in these work situations. “The pandemic has created many unprecedented circumstances for small businesses and that includes the transition to a predominately remote workforce for many

Drugmakers Would Have To Explain Prices Under Transparency Package

LANSING - Pharmaceutical companies would have to report to the state and the public annually how they set the prices of their prescription drugs under an eight-bill transparency package approved by the Michigan House Health Policy Committee. But the committee rejected, in party-line fashion, several attempts by Democrats to put more teeth into the bills,

Michigan House Votes To Give Businesses Protections Against COVID-19 Lawsuits

LANSING - Businesses are reopening from the coronavirus pandemic into a "wild, wild COVID west" economic climate, Rep. Graham Filler (R-DeWitt) told the House floor Wednesday as he advocated for more protections against COVID-19 lawsuits he described as frivolous. Wednesday's climate includes "fewer employees, supply chain issues, razor thin margins and the prospect of business

By |2020-10-02T17:27:43-04:00October 2nd, 2020|Small Business Association of Michigan|