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.

MEDC Doesn’t Want Recipients Pre-Picked for Startups

LANSING - The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the state's business incentive arm, doesn't want the Governor's proposed $60 million innovation fund to be created with predetermined grant recipients in mind. "That's not the structure which is being proposed here," Amy Rencher, MEDC's vice president of small business services, told MIRS when asked about the possibility

Department Of Labor Changes Independent Contractor Standards

LANSING - The US Department of Labor is changing the standards under which an individual can be treated as an Independent Contractor, effective March 11, 2024. It is important that any business paying individuals as Independent Contractors review those arrangements to ensure compliance with this final rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In the

By |2024-01-15T18:02:25-05:00January 15th, 2024|Small Business Association of Michigan|

Nominations Open For Michigan Celebrates Small Business 2024

LANSING—Nominations are now being accepted for the 2024 Michigan Celebrates Small Business awards program, a prestigious annual competition that recognizes successful growing businesses and their supporters. The winners will be honored at the 20th annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business Awards Gala May 21, 2024. The awards program provides an opportunity for business owners and supporters

By |2023-09-21T16:59:17-04:00September 21st, 2023|ESD, Small Business Association of Michigan|

Wolverine Power Agrees To Buy Palisades Nuclear Power

LANSING - The shuttered Palisades Nuclear Power Plant met the first step on the long road to reopening Tuesday when Wolverine Power Cooperative signed a long-term agreement with Holtec International to buy power when the plant reopened. Wolverine, a Michigan-based nonprofit power company, agreed to buy two-thirds of the power generated by the 800-megawatt nuclear

By |2023-09-20T13:51:33-04:00September 20th, 2023|Small Business Association of Michigan|

Senate Dems Move 100 Percent Clean Energy Date To 2040 In New Proposal

LANSING - Senate Democrats are changing their “Clean Energy Future Plan” to have utilities develop a “100 percent clean energy standard” by 2040 instead of the 2035 deadline that was originally proposed. “Utilities would have to file clean energy plans in order to achieve a carbon-free energy portfolio of 80 percent starting in 2035, and

By |2023-09-20T13:46:56-04:00September 20th, 2023|Small Business Association of Michigan|

Gov EO Creates New Data, Analytics Division In DTMB

LANSING - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order last Wednesday creating the Michigan Center for Data and Analytics in the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget. The new department will analyze data and information from all departments and help those departments improve efficiency and determine data- and evidence-based project results. “Whether through studying economic

By |2022-09-28T19:57:39-04:00September 27th, 2022|Featured, Small Business Association of Michigan|

Two-Thirds Of Dems, Republicans, Independents Agree: Democracy In Danger

LANSING - At a time when there isn’t much unanimity on any issue comes a national poll revealing there is agreement that the U.S. Democracy is in danger. In virtually every subsection of the electorate the vast majority are saying yes. The data is from the latest Quinnipiac survey showing that 67 percent of registered

By |2022-09-06T14:14:42-04:00September 6th, 2022|Small Business Association of Michigan|

The Latest Trend – Quiet Quitting

LANSING - Have you heard about the latest workplace trend?  It’s called quiet quitting.  It’s when an employee makes a decision to no longer go above and beyond, and instead, do the bare minimum as entailed in their job description. Quiet quitting can take the form of turning down projects based on interest, arriving late

By |2022-08-21T13:02:50-04:00August 15th, 2022|Small Business Association of Michigan|

SBAM Survey: Higher Costs, Supply Shortages Hurting Michigan’s Small Businesses

LANSING – Continually rising costs and supply shortages are the main challenges impeding Michigan small businesses success, according to a new survey released today by the Small Business Association of Michigan. “Michigan’s small businesses are still facing significant obstacles every single day,” said SBAM President and CEO Brian Calley. “Higher costs, supply shortages and inflation