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Signs of the Times – Insights from a Signage Expert

Business Next
September 19, 2016 1:00 PM

Michael Rogers, vice president communications for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with John DiNunzio, founder of IdentiCom Sign Solutions, a member of the Inc. 5000 for 2016. DiNunzio is the founder of IdentiCom Sign Solutions, which started in 2009. With over 35 years’ experience. John has worked in all aspects of the sign industry which began in 1980 with a large national sign company. DiNunzio leads the company, managing day-to-day operations, as well as directing customer signage and branding solutions. He works closely with the sales team, program managers and production process. He also sets up partner arrangements with strategic vendors for the support of customer initiatives.

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Managing both sides of the Personal Balance Sheet

Business Next
September 12, 2016 4:00 PM

Michael Rogers, vice president communications for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with Merrill Lynch financial advisor, Jeff Gembis. They talk about Managing Both Sides Of The Personal Balance Sheet. For over three decades, Jeff and his team have been helping clients with the creation, the preservation and the management of their wealth through a variety of market cycles and often challenging economic conditions. Jeff believes in complimenting his many years of experience with continuing education. He has earned and maintained the Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) designation sponsored by the Investment Management Consultants Association at the Wharton School. A Michigan native, Jeff received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from James Madison College at Michigan State University. He and his wife Melissa have three grown children. Active in his community, Jeff is a member of the Detroit Athletic Club, Birmingham Athletic Club and Wawashkamo Golf Club on Mackinac Island.

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Don't Fall into the Role of Being an Unpaid Consultant

Business Next
September 12, 2016 2:00 PM

Michael Rogers, vice president communications for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with sales trainer and coach Greg Coyne of Gerry Weinberg & Associates Sandler Training, about how to bid and negotiate for sales without falling into the trap of falling into the role of being an unpaid consultant to your customer. Greg joined the Sandler Sales team in June 2012 as a sales trainer and sales force developer. Greg has been actively involved with Sandler Training since 2009. His almost 10 years of success in sales & business development in the advertising industry has brought him to this point. As a Sandler Trainer, he looks to help companies and individuals raise their sales to new levels by stopping unpaid consulting and assisting his clients to get out of their own way in their search for success.

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Pokemon Go Can Build Traffic At Your Small Business

Business Next
September 8, 2016 3:00 PM

Michael Rogers, vice president communications for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with social media expert Veronica Gracia-Wing of Piper & Gold Public Relations about using the power of Pokemon Go to to increase traffic at your small business, how to increase your Facebook followers, staying up-to-date on technology trends, new research findings on how social media affects young minds and using social media to reach millennials.

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Will Ford Be The First Big Automaker To Launch Self-Driving Cars?

Business Next
September 7, 2016 10:00 AM

Michael Rogers, vice president communications for the Small Business Association of Michigan, interviews tech expert Linda Daichendt, executive director of the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan, about Ford’s plan to offer fully driverless car in 2021. For the full article click here. To learn why startups need a defensive IP strategy click here

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How To Increase Your "Customer Profitability"

Business Next
September 7, 2016 9:00 AM

Michael Rogers, vice president communications for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with business coach and consultant Tom Borg about 4 strategies to help you maximize the customer profitability of your small business – including your website content, the mission/vision of your firm, how stop “thinking small” and creating a client recovery plan.

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New Student Group at MSU offers Small Business Counseling

Business Next
September 1, 2016 9:00 AM

Michael Rogers, vice president communications for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with Khoa Nguyen, president of the Michigan State University Student Consulting Group. The MSUGroup is an organization of students in the Eli Broad College of Business who offer consulting services to small business owners in the mid-Michigan area.

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Cracking the Invulnerability Illusion

Michigan Business Beat
August 30, 2016 11:00 AM

Chris Holman speaks with  Melanie Duquesnel President & CEO, Better Business Bureau of Eastern Michigan about cracking the Invulnerability Illusion: Stereotypes, Optimism Bias, and the Way Forward for Marketplace Scam Education.

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LEAP’s Public Art for Communities program

Pure Lansing
August 29, 2016 4:00 PM

Bob and Sara discuss the arts and some grant opportunities for communities, arts organizations, and artists themselves. The City of Lansing’s Sense of Place program is open for applications until Sept 15 and LEAP’s Public Art for Communities program will open in November for the 2017 grant cycle.

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Learn how to Focus on Business Value in your Entrepreneurial Ventures

Business Next
August 29, 2016 1:00 PM

Michael Rogers, vice president communications for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with Tim Kuppler of Advicoach on how to focus on business value. Kuppler has over 23 years of business leadership, consulting and coaching experience. He led multiple organizations through major transformations with a high level of involvement, teamwork and rapid performance improvement. His best practices from organizations he led are featured as part of the 2012 book - Leading Culture Change in Global Organizations, case studies, trade publications, blogs, workshops and webinars. Kuppler also built on the foundation as a business leader when he was President of Denison Consulting, a leader in organizational culture assessment and performance improvement that's worked with over 5000 organizations. He has consulted with organizations ranging from small businesses to leading global organizations across many industries as part of Denison and The Culture Advantage. Listen and learn how to focus on business value in your entrepreneurial ventures from Tim.

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