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Record Optimism for Small Business Owners According to Michigan Future Business Index

Michigan Business Network
August 30, 2017 9:00 AM

Lansing, Mich. - The 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.

In addition, other key indicators including sales and hiring have stayed in positive territory with no significant slippage from record results over the past 12-18 months. 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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Workers Comp Insurance 101 for Business Owners

Michigan Business Beat
June 6, 2017 9:00 AM

Mike Seling, VP of Business Development, Accident Fund Insurance Company of America, Lansing, MI, speaks with Chris Holman about Workers Comp Insurance 101 for Business Owners.

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AF Group Answering the Question! Why Are We Going Digital?

Michigan Business Beat
April 28, 2017 1:00 PM

Said Taiym, Chief Information Officer, Accident Fund Insurance Company of America.Lansing, MI, joins Jeffrey Mosher for a discussion relevant to most businesses these days. Said begins by defining digital transformation and discussing what today’s customer looks like.

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Winter’s not over yet! Avoid slips and falls

Business Next
March 14, 2017 4:30 PM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks about how to avoid slips and falls during the variable weather of a Michigan March in a conversation with Mike Eckert, director of loss control services for the Accident Fund Insurance Company of America.

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AF Group Earns High Marks as a Best Place to Work

Michigan Business Network
December 23, 2016 10:30 AM

LANSING, MI December12, 2016 —AF Group Earns High Marks as a Best Place to Work | Accident Fund Insurance Company of America

Business Insurance magazine has released this year’s rankings for Best Places to Work—and once again AF Group has earned high honors.

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Latest Michigan Future Business Index

Michigan Business Network
December 19, 2016 3:00 PM

Optimism Remains High for Small Business Owners According to Michigan Future Business Index

Lansing, Mich. Dec. 19, 2016 --  The latest Michigan Future Business Index (MFBI) data show that optimism among Michigan’s small- to mid-sized businesses is holding strong and keeping businesses’ perceptions of the economy positive. That optimism is fueling projections for sales and profit increases, as well as boosting investments in human capital

{June 2017 Editor's Note: For those wanting to get their voice heard in the next Michigan Future Business Index, please take the NEW survey}

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The 2016 Michigan Future Business Index

Michigan Business Beat
August 1, 2016 1:00 PM

Chris talks to Mike Britt President of the Accident Fund Insurance Company of America. The pair discuss the latest Michigan Future Business Index. They talk about the positive feedback and positive outlook that is currently occuring for small business in Michigan. Chris and Mike then discuss the history and specifics of the Michigan Future Business Index. 

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Business Owners See Improvement in the Labor Pool According to the Michigan Future Business Index

Michigan Business Network
July 26, 2016 10:30 AM

Lansing, Mich.—Small- to mid-sized business owners see an improvement in the current labor pool, according to the June 2016 Michigan Future Business Index (MFBI), published today in partnership with Accident Fund Insurance Company of America and the Michigan Business Network.  A majority believe Michigan is a good place to do business and to find qualified talent.

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AF Group Announces Key Leadership Changes

Michigan Business Network
June 6, 2016 11:23 AM

AF Group Announces Key Leadership Changes

Lansing, Mich. June 6, 2016

AF Group today announced the appointment of Lisa Corless as president and Bryan Bogardus as executive vice president and chief operating officer.

“AF Group has been highly successful in providing workers’ compensation insurance for more than a century, and it is due in large part to the talented and visionary leadership team that has met the challenges of our changing industry,” said Elizabeth Haar, executive vice president and president of Emerging Markets for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) and CEO of AF Group. “Both Lisa and Bryan are committed to excellence and innovation and will lead a new era of growth and diversification for our organization. I am extremely pleased and confident they will effectively guide AF Group to even greater success.”

Corless previously served AF Group as senior vice president, chief administration officer and chief of staff. Prior to joining AF Group in 2013, Corless was chief operating officer with Texas Mutual Insurance with responsibilities for all insurance operations.

“I am excited to be part of such a tremendous organization--one that has protected businesses, cared for injured workers and partnered with remarkable agents for more than 100 years,” said Corless. “AF Group represents one of the top providers of innovative insurance solutions in the country and I am grateful for this significant opportunity.”

Bogardus has served as president of AF Group’s CompWest brand since 2011, leading it through a successful turnaround effort in the highly challenging California workers’ compensation market. He previously served in executive roles at SeaBright Insurance Company and Safeco Insurance.

AF group was founded in 1912 as a Michigan accident fund and has experienced significant growth from a state agency to a customer-centric organization with strong core competencies. AF Group presently supports four brands: Accident Fund, United Heartland, CompWest and Third Coast Underwriters--who specialize protecting organizations from unpredictable and significant costs related to workplace injuries and achieving the best outcomes for injured workers. AF Group has more than 1,200 employees and is licensed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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AF Group Announces Key Leadership Changes

Michigan Business Network
May 13, 2016 2:41 PM

Lansing, Mich. -- AF Group today announced the appointment of Lisa Corless as president and Bryan Bogardus as executive vice president and chief operating officer.

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