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2018 Michigan Economic Forecast Series (full video)

Michigan Business Network
December 27, 2018 3:00 PM

Michigan Business Network recently held its annual Michigan Economic Forecast Series breakfast (mid-Michigan stop) and concluded with a positive 2018 review and look ahead for Michigan in 2019.

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A Review of the Winter 2018 Michigan Future Business Index

Michigan Business Network
December 22, 2018 10:00 AM

Paul King, Founder of ROI Insight drops by the MBN studio for a discussion with Chris Holman regarding the latest Michigan Future Business Index and its results which were released Thursday December 13th at the Lansing area stop of the Michigan Economic Forecast Series.


The MFBI is underwritten by Accident Fund Insurance Company of America, conducted by ROI Insight of Grosse Pointe, MI, and presented by Michigan Business Network.

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Acquiring and Retaining Talent, Health Insurance Costs and Wage Inflation Highlight Concerns of Business Owners According to Latest Michigan Future Business Index

Michigan Business Network
December 13, 2018 1:00 PM

Lansing, Mich. - The latest Michigan Future Business Index (MFBI) data show acquiring and retaining talent remains the top challenge for Michigan’s small- to mid-sized business leaders. However, the rising cost of health insurance and higher wages have emerged as additional concerns. Forty-five percent of survey respondents plan to raise wages in the next six months, up 10 points from 35 percent one year ago. Concerns for rising health insurance costs were up 10 points since last December. 

Overall, business owners enjoy continued strength in sales and profits, while many employers continue to point to an improving economy, excellent employees, in-demand products/services and the hope for more regulatory reform.

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MFBI Survey Helps Michigan Business Look Forward

Michigan Business Beat
October 24, 2018 2:00 PM

Bob Lapinski, Media and Public Relations Advisor at Accident Fund Insurance Company of America drops by to talk with the Michigan Business Network about the twice a year Michigan Future Business Index survey.

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What Small Businesses Should Consider when Purchasing Workers' Comp Insurance

Michigan Business Beat
October 12, 2018 5:00 PM

Mike Maurer Divisional Director of Business Development for the Accident Fund Insurance Company of America talks with Jeffrey on the Michigan Business Network.

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Satisfaction with Economy Hits All-Time High Among Small Business Owners According to Michigan Future Business Index

Michigan Business Network
June 21, 2018 4:00 PM

LANSING, Mich., June 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The latest Michigan Future Business Index (MFBI) data show that more than eight-in-ten small to mid-sized business owners in the state are satisfied with the economy. Satisfaction is strongest in Lansing (86 percent) and Saginaw/Bay City/Flint (85 percent). 

Nearly 43 percent of all respondents said wages have increased over the past six months, a seven-point rise over the December 2017 survey.  Additionally, 38 percent showed a growth in profits, up from 32 percent last December. Hiring remained flat, as did sales growth.

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Spring 2018 MBFI Survey Underway

Michigan Business Network
May 3, 2018 7:00 AM

The Michigan Future Business Index (MFBI), commissioned semi-annually by the Accident Fund Insurance Company of America and the Michigan Business Network, surveys owners of small- to midsized businesses in Michigan. The MFBI provides business leaders a forum to offer their perspectives and opinions on doing business in Michigan, the overall business climate in the state and various issues in the news. 

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Driver Safety From An Employer Perspective

Michigan Business Beat
February 6, 2018 3:00 PM

Bob Lapinski, Media & Public Relations Advisor, AF Group, Lansing, MI stops by the new MBN studio to talk with Chris Holman about driver safety from an employer perspective. 

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Finding Qualified Workers Remains a Top Challenge for Small Business Owners According to Michigan Future Business Index

Michigan Business Network
December 19, 2017 10:00 AM

Lansing, Mich. - The latest Michigan Future Business Index (MFBI) data show finding qualified workers remains the top challenge for Michigan’s small- to mid-sized business leaders. Retraining employees, networking and hiring temporary workers are short-term fixes employed by many businesses.

Overall, business owners enjoy continued strength in sales and profits, while many employers continue to point to an improving economy, excellent employees, in-demand products/services and a renewed hope for regulatory reform.

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AF Group's perspective on latest Michigan Future Business Index

Michigan Business Beat
September 20, 2017 12:00 PM

AsThe latest Michigan Future Business Index (MFBI) data show record optimism among Michigan’s small- to mid-sized business leaders, resulting in planned increases in investment into their businesses through wage hikes and equipment updates. The percentage of those businesses reporting wage increases over the past six months has hit an all-time high for the MFBI.

Taking a further look at this Bob Lapinski, Media and Public Relations advisior for AF Group joined Jeffrey Mosher in the MBN studio to discuss the latest survey results. You can hear that interview in the SoundCloud PodCast embedded at the bottom of this article.

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