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Business Next, hosted by Michael Rogers, has tips and advice on how small business owners can be more efficient, profitable and successful.

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Profile of a Southeast Michigan Consulting and Management Service

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April 20, 2017 12:00 PM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with Brandi Shelton, managing partner for Utilize Consulting Service and Management Group in Southfield.

 

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Latest Social Media Insights for Small Business Owners

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April 7, 2017 5:00 PM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, interviews social media expert Kate Snyder, owner of Piper & Gold Public Relations in Lansing. They discuss social media insights from the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) tech and media conference, and the do’s and don’ts of using social media to connect with millennials.

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Tips and Advice on Building Your Leadership Team

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April 7, 2017 3:00 PM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with trainer and leadership coach Kevin Suboski about building your leadership team. Kevin says “You know the neighborhood kid with the table in his yard? That was me. I sold candy bars to kids because the margins and turnover were much better than selling lemonade to their parents.

 

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Mobile tech updates for small businesses

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March 29, 2017 2:14 PM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with mobile tech expert Tony Merlo, owner of SmarterPhones.net, about five technologies you should implement in 2017, CRM and teleconferencing, private browsing and business messaging apps, how to boost the effectiveness of your website, controlling cell phone costs and saving money by owning your own cable modem.

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Profile of a “seasoned” Small Business in Kalamazoo

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March 24, 2017 9:00 AM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with Alicia Clemens, founder of Season for a Reason seasoned salts. The company promotional materials say their product is a “tasty seasoning blends of sea salt, peppers, and more! Use it on pork chops, chicken, salmon, steak, hamburger, eggs, green beans, corn, potatoes, french fries, pizza, salad dressing, pasta sauce, popcorn, and more! Inspired by the late Gary Clemens. Handmade by the wife and children of Gary. Made in Michigan. No MSG. Ingredients come from a gluten-free facility.”

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New Michigan Energy Law and What it Means to Small Business

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March 23, 2017 5:00 PM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, interviews Doug Roberts Jr., director of business customer experience for Consumers Energy, to learn more about the small business benefits of major energy reforms signed into law this year.

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Employee Communications is Crucial to Small Business Success

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March 23, 2017 4:00 PM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with business coach and consultant Tom Borg about communications challenges with employees, the importance of regular employee evaluations, providing training and education opportunities, and how to overcome a reluctance to delegate.

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How an entrepreneur rose from the ashes and rebuilt his company

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March 21, 2017 10:00 AM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, interviews Shri Thanedar, founder of Avomeen Analytical Services in Ann Arbor. He lost his business during the Great Recession, but started again from scratch with a new firm that last year was named to the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch list. From the company’s website: “Avomeen is a full-service chemical testing laboratory that offers advanced product testing & development services for a variety of specialty, consumer, and industrial goods.

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How to limit the damage from ransomware attacks

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March 21, 2017 9:00 AM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with IT security expert Jeff Bowes from NuWave Technology partners, to learn more about how to counter threats to the security of your IT operations. Michael and Jeff zero in on how to limit the damage from ransomware attacks. NuWave has offices in Kalamazoo, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Traverse City, St. Joseph, Jackson and Southfield.

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Legal considerations for succession planning

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March 15, 2017 10:00 AM

In any type of small business, the idea of succession planning runs the risk of becoming a divisive issue that can ruin relationships, lead to years of legal battles and result in lost customers if not handled correctly. While personal feelings and relationships need to be taken into account, there are a number of legal considerations that decision-makers need to keep top of mind—like who will be named successor, equity or ownership considerations for the remaining executives, potential name changes to the business, the timeline for changes to be made and how to communicate those changes effectively and more. If not handled correctly, these issues can create unnecessary tension and impact business operations.

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