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How much longer will small businesses accept cash?

Business Next
September 15, 2017 12:00 PM

Michael Rogers talks with tech expert Linda Daichendt, executive director of the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM), about VISA testing a program to bribe small merchants not to accept cash, trends in robots replacing human workers and are tech products getting easier to use?

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Identifying critical factors for small business success

Business Next
September 1, 2017 2:00 PM

Michael Rogers talks with business coach and consultant Tom Borg to learn more about the critical factors that contribute to small business success, including attracting the right team members, retaining crucial employees, identifying the right kind of potential clients, understanding client’s needs, wants and problems; ways to exceed customer service and product expectations, and the importance of regular follow-up with customers.

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SBA Loan Programs You May Not Know Exist

Around the State
August 29, 2017 12:00 PM

On this segment of Around the State, SBDC's Kory Scheiber talks with President of VITAL Financial Services, Mike Slater. Many know about the 7(a) and 504 loan programs from the SBA, but did you know about CAPLines, Export Loans, or programs through the USDA? Mike, talks about some of the basics of these programs in this podcast.

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Gov. Snyder Celebrates KL Outdoor for Investing $9.2 Million, Creating 153 Jobs in Muskegon

Michigan Business Network
August 25, 2017 5:00 PM

Expansion receives support from Michigan Strategic Fund

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today praised KL Outdoor of Muskegon for its decision to establish its corporate headquarters and expand operations in the city of Muskegon, thanking the company for continuing to invest in the state and for bringing new jobs to Michigan.

Snyder joined KL Outdoor Chief Executive Officer Chuck Smith along with other company executives, government officials, and local partners in Muskegon to celebrate the company’s expansion, a project that is expected to generate $9.2 million in total investment and create 153 jobs.

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DBA or LLC? What's right for your small business?

Around the State
August 25, 2017 1:00 PM

On this episode of SBDC's Around the State Matt Budds from RCO Law talks about DBAs and LLCs and common myths about setting up this type of business. He also covers some of the differences between DBAs and LLCs.

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Business Coach Helps Point Entrepreneurs Toward Business Success

Business Next
August 21, 2017 5:00 PM

Michael Rogers profiles business coach and consultant George Scott, owner of Business Consulting Services in mid-Michigan. George understands business – both as a business owner and as a business consultant/business broker. Beginning his double roles in 1983, he has been, and is, able to observe (up close) the internal operations and financial conditions of hundreds of businesses.

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Timely Leadership Lessons for Women Small Business Owners

Business Next
August 14, 2017 2:00 PM

Michael Rogers interviews Cynthia Kay, a past chair of the Small Business Association of Michigan, to learn more about her book Stop Wishing. Stop Whining. Start Leading.: A No-Nonsense, Straight-Talk Guide for Women Who Aspire to Lead. From the Amazon description: Authors Cynthia Kay and Doreen Bolhuis, both creative and dynamic business owners, skip the fluff to tell you how it really is as they share tips on how to get ahead.

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This Month in Small Business || August 17'

Michigan Business Network
August 7, 2017 4:00 PM

Michael Rogers talks with nationally-known business advocate Chris Holman and his Michigan Business Network colleague Jeff Mosher about MBN at the SBA Lenders Conference, why some small firms are giving out substantial pay hikes to employees, how big pay hikes leave less money for small business investment needs, how to cope with the challenges of fast growth, managing cash flow and how to sell your business and handle the subsequent wealth.

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SBA Administrator Linda McMahon Visits Great Lakes Lenders Conference

Michigan Business Beat
August 1, 2017 12:00 PM

Chris Holman catches up with SBA Administrator Linda McMahon while at the The 19th Annual Great Lakes Lenders Conference, hosted by the Michigan SBDC, July 26th. Administator McMahon had just delivered that first day of the three day conference in Detroit's luncheon keynote which had been followed by a Q & A session.

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Improving customer relations in your small business

Business Next
July 26, 2017 4:00 PM

Michael Rogers talks with business coach and consultant Tom Borg about how to create the ultimate customer experience. Michael and Tom discuss six reasons why your customers will quit doing business with your small business, mistakes you and your team must avoid making with your clients, key obstacles that can prevent you and your team from keeping a positive service attitude, the eight great ways “Outstanding Customer Service” will grow your small business and make it more fun place to work, magic words and phrases that every client loves to hear and Tom’s Platinum rule for keeping your clients.

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