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.

Bills Require Consumer Notification 45 Days After Data Breached

LANSING – Banks, businesses, government agencies and nonprofits that suffer a data security breach would have 45 days to inform all of their impacted customers, under a pair of bills reported out of the House Financial Services Committee Wednesday. HB 6405 and HB 6406, sponsored by Committee Chair Diana Farrington (R-Utica) and Rep. Joseph Graves

By |2018-12-06T20:17:13+00:00December 6th, 2018|Cyber Defense, Small Business Association of Michigan|

Michigan Voters Approved Recreational Marijuana: What Does That Mean For Michigan Businesses And Residents?

LANSING - Michigan voters approved Proposal 1 enacting the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act. Michigan is the first state in the Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana. Marijuana will be legal for broader use in Michigan under Michigan law; however, marijuana is still an illegal narcotic under federal law. Below are answers to important

By |2018-11-08T19:10:14+00:00November 8th, 2018|Small Business Association of Michigan|

Top 10 Michigan Senate Districts and Top 15 Michigan House Districts Most Likely To Flip

LANSING - Sen. Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake), the likely next Senate Majority Leader if Republicans maintain control, has heard the bleak forecasts about Democrats possibly riding a blue wave into majority this November. He's not buying it.  The Jackson County Republican was admittedly nervous after August primary numbers showed strong Democratic turnout numbers in suburban Michigan. But

By |2018-10-04T20:22:41+00:00October 4th, 2018|Politics, Small Business Association of Michigan|

Workplace Productivity Trends – Are Employees More Productive In The Office Or At Home?

LANSING - Jabra recently revealed the top workplace productivity trends for 2018. The trends are based on a survey among business professionals in the U.S., UK, Germany, and France. Global trends summary: Workspace: Home is where the productivity is: four times more employees in 2018 perceive working from home to be the most productive option

By |2018-09-28T10:51:27+00:00September 28th, 2018|Small Business Association of Michigan|

Snyder Rolls Out Plans To Expand Rural Internet Access

LANSING - During a tour on last week, Gov. Rick Snyder announced new plans to provide universal access to high-speed internet for every Michigan resident, business, region and community. “As technology continues to rapidly change and evolve, having access to fast, reliable internet is now a necessity for everyday life,” said Snyder at an event at

By |2018-08-24T12:24:36+00:00August 24th, 2018|Politics, Small Business Association of Michigan|

Michigan House Democrats Work On Small Business Package

LANSING - The Small Business Association of Michigan conworked with Rep. Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Twp.) on creating a four-piece legislative package designed to give Michigan small businesses a leg up on state contracts while helping aspiring entrepreneurs get off the ground.  While SBAM Executive Director Rob Fowler said details may need to be worked out on

By |2018-07-17T19:02:40+00:00July 17th, 2018|Small Business Association of Michigan|

The Business Impact Of 2018 Facebook News Feed Changes

LANSING - 2018 has been an interesting year for Facebook. Earlier this year, the company decided to drop a bomb and overhaul their popular News Feed feature, arguably the “heartbeat” of Facebook. Some marketers are viewing it as the News Feed Apocalypse, while others see it as a necessary evolution as the network continues to expand

By |2018-07-10T16:03:27+00:00July 10th, 2018|Small Business Association of Michigan|

Cyber Risk Insurance – Does Your Company Have The Right Plan In Place?

LANSING - How does your company use technology in its day-to-day operations?  If you are like most, you buy and sell products or raw materials, intellectual property is stored on-line, you communicate with customers and vendors and promoting your business via social media are simply part of your day.  Unfortunately, each of these actions provides

By |2018-06-14T15:17:00+00:00June 14th, 2018|Cyber Defense, Small Business Association of Michigan|

Study: Term-limits Failed To Deliver On Claims

LANSING - A Citizens Research Council of Michigan study claims the state's 1992 voter-initiated term-limits constitutional amendment has failed to broom out career politicians, increase diversity or make more elections competitive. However, term-limits leader Patrick Anderson said the term-limits amendment didn't advertise itself as a cure to many of the things the Wayne State University (WSU)