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Advice for Getting Entry Level Employees

Business Next
September 29, 2016 9:00 AM


Michael Rogers, vice president communications for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with nationally-known small business advocate Chris Holman about tips for hiring entry level employees, business potential for fracking, having a defensive intellectual property strategy, identifying leadership skills in college grads and the rise of senior entrepreneurs.

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US Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters Speak at the International Business Breakfast

Michigan Business Beat
September 26, 2016 12:00 PM

US Senators Deebie Stabenow and Gary Peters speak about how Michigan and Lansing can improve on the national level. Gary gives insights on what his big concerns are with the economy and what committees he serves on in the Senate. 

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'Small Businesses' Number One Weakness

Michigan Business Beat
September 26, 2016 10:00 AM

US Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters talk about small businesses number one weakness being talent. Both Senators give insight on what they are doing from a legislative side to help leverage talent growth. 

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US Senator Debbie Stabenow gets Introduced at the International Business Breakfast 

Michigan Business Beat
September 26, 2016 9:00 AM

Chris Holman introduces US Senator Debbie Stabenow at the International Business Breakfast. Debbie then goes on to talk about partnerships in Michigan, the Lansing airport, and goes over rankings for Michigan in the US. 

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How to Network like a Pro

Business Next
September 21, 2016 2:00 PM

Michael Rogers, vice president communications for the Small Business Association of Michigan, interviews Nancy Nguyen, author of The Networking Diary -- 7 networking principles that will change your life. Nguyen is a First Generation American trilingual entrepreneur. After earning a B.A. in Spanish at NC State University, Nancy established her career at the Chicago White Sox and City of Chicago while serving as an Ambassador for DePaul’s Graduate School of Business. She’s studied business and networked in Japan and Peru. Nancy founded Sweet T Salon in Raleigh, NC. She is a lifelong advocate of Locks-of-Love, the SPCA, ArtReach 4 Kids, and Alpha Kappa Psi Co-ed Business Fraternity. Crowned as Ms. Corporate America in 2011, she works to inspire entrepreneurs.

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Understanding the New FLSA Regulations

Business Next
September 21, 2016 1:00 PM

Michael Rogers, vice president communications for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with Kym Hess, founder of HR Collaborative in Grand Rapids, about how employees should be classified within the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Department of Labor announced changes affecting the overtime provisions of the act going into effect on Dec. 1. This change most notably includes raising the exempt salary threshold from $23,660 to $47,476 for certain exemptions. Michael and Kym talked about an overview of FLSA, what qualifies an employee to be exempt- exploring the duties tests, understanding what's changing in the FLSA, strategies for employers to find compliance under the new regulations, beyond the numbers- other important considerations, best practices for communicating with employees and tips and tools to help you navigate the changes.

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Are You too Cautious When it Comes to Sales?

Business Next
September 20, 2016 2:00 PM

Michael Rogers, vice president communications for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with sales trainer and coach Joe Marr of Joe Marr Sandler Training in Ann Arbor. Marr has over 20 years of experience organizing, training, coaching and managing sales professionals and sales managers worldwide. In executive sales and training positions in the corporate world, Joe was responsible for the technical and sales fundamentals training of over 1000 sales people worldwide in support of a $110,000,000 business. A native of Ann Arbor who attended EMU Business School, Joe's mission is to help business people to get as comfortable and effective in selling and sales management, as they are in the rest of their business.

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Learn About Some Unique Experiences in Customer Attraction and Sales Growth

Business Next
September 20, 2016 10:30 AM

Michael Rogers, vice president communications for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with business author Seena Sharp about her book Shake Up Your Thinking, Shape Up Your Business: 68 SharpInsights to Attract Customers and Boost Sales. No matter what field you’re in, the market is changing in ways that are unexpected, unforeseen, surprising, and unpredictable. “Shake Up your Thinking, Shape Up Your Business” presents the most popular SharpInsights that will help you find creative ways to attract new customers—before competitors catch on. You’ll discover business opportunities and ideas to fill new gaps in the marketplace by reading real-life examples from organizations of all sizes.

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Millennials are Going to be a Key Part of Your Future Workforce

Business Next
September 19, 2016 3:00 PM

Michael Rogers, vice president communications for the Small Business Association of Michigan, interviews Colleen Albright, founder and CEO of culturecliQ, on hiring and keeping millennials. The firm was founded in 2015 and uses a web-based recruiting method that connect candidates and companies based on the nature of the company’s culture and the environment the candidate is seeking.

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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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