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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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Lessons of Small Business Food Success from a Jelly and Salsa Producer

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February 24, 2017 2:00 PM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with Kate Biskupski, owner of North of the Southern Border jellies and salsas.

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Details of the New Small Business Administration’s Mentor-Protégé Program for Small Businesses

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February 24, 2017 11:00 AM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with Sue Tellier, owner of JetCo Solutionsin Grand Rapids, about the new SBA mentor-protégé program. The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 and the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 provided authority for the Small Business Administration to establish mentor-protégé programs for all small businesses.

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New Survey Shows Extent of Regulatory Burden on Small Businesses

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February 24, 2017 10:00 AM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with Todd McCrackin, president and CEO of the National Small Business Association, about their new survey on the full extent of how the regulatory burden is hurting small businesses.

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Michigan-Based Small Business Aims for Healthy Fruit Juices

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February 21, 2017 4:30 PM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, interviews Luc Hobson, co-founder of Edit Fruit Juice.

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Tips for Hiring Qualified Veterans

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February 20, 2017 4:00 PM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with Jim Cowper, president of CPI Contract Professionals, to learn more about hiring veterans. From the CPI website: “A veteran owned entity, with more than $35 million in revenue, CPI’s mission is to be the premier source of technical professionals serving major and emerging industries, with a focus on putting veterans to work. Certified as an ISO: 9001 company, CPI has developed the internal processes and a rigorous discipline to provide highly qualified candidates year after year, to the most prestigious companies in the engineering and information technology industries.”

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Michigan First Credit Union and their Full-Time Concierge Service for their Employees

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February 16, 2017 12:30 PM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with Patty Jones, Chief Human Resource Officer Michigan First Credit Union. Recognizing that outside stressors are taking a toll on its employees' health and quality of work, Lathrup Village-based Michigan First Credit Union last year launched a full-time concierge service for its employees. As part of this service, employees can have the concierge do their grocery shopping, get your tires changed, pick up a prescription, etc.—making it easier for employees to concentrate on their work responsibilities and deliver an elevated client experience. Patty talks about:

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Accounting Firm Noted for its Cool Workplace

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February 2, 2017 2:00 PM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with Angie Mastroionni, CPA, Managing Principal at MRPR CPAs and Advisors. The company was named a Cool Place to Work by Crain’s Detroit Business.

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Independent Insurance Firm Dedicated to Providing Quality

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February 2, 2017 12:00 PM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with Dave Herriman, senior vice president; Cindy Britain, comptroller; and Kristine Goodwin, information systems manager for Kemner Iott Benz, to learn more about why their small business was named a Cool Place to Work by Crain’s Detroit Business. From their website: “Kemner Iott Benz is an independent insurance firm in Michigan with three distinct locations in: Adrian, Ann Arbor, and Cassopolis. We are dedicated to providing you quality personal and commercial insurance policies and programs. Kemner Iott Benz is not limited to any one insurance company, so we can shop the entire marketplace to give you the best personal and commercial insurance protection at the most competitive rate.”

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How a mid-Michigan energy business set up a successful employee stock ownership plan

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February 2, 2017 11:00 AM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, interviews Tom Olive, president of Crystal Flash, to learn more about their employee stock ownership plan (ESOP).

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Advertising firm excels through third generation of family ownership

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February 2, 2017 10:00 AM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with Jamie Michelson, president and CEO of SMZ Advertising in Troy, a family-owned small business named a Cool Place to Work by Crain’s Detroit Business. From their website: “Not many companies have been around since 1929. Especially one that started at the onset of the Great Depression.

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