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Founder of Michigan Business Network, Chris Holman catches up with Regional Administrator of the Small Business Association (SBA) Robert Scott at this years 2018 Great Lakes Lenders Conference. The three day Lenders Conference provides attendees with sessions on SBA lending programs, relevant banking topics and valuable networking opportunities.
The Small Business Association helps small businesses plan, launch, manage and grow. This offers SBA’s Rob Scott an inside look into the trends that businesses are facing, which includes the increasingly known talent gap issue. “The unemployment is low which is a good problem to have” Rob explains, “but if it’s going to slow down business growth it’s something we need to look at.” Among the highlights of the video shared below, they cover the top two issues that small businesses are facing.
The Marshall Plan is an additional $100 million investment in innovative programs to revolutionize Michigan’s talent and education system. It supports schools that want to transform education through programs like competency-based certifications, world-class curricula and classroom equipment, scholarships and stipends, and support for career navigators and teachers. The funding complements the more than $225 million in existing talent development efforts in the state.
The Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) Small BIZ PAC has endorsed candidates for the Aug. 7 primary election. In addition, in some races the Small BIZ PAC has designated one or multiple candidates as receiving the “SBAM Stamp of Approval.”
The Small BIZ PAC endorses candidates based on incumbent voting records, past or current small business ownership, recommendations from SBAM members, candidate interviews, candidate questionnaires and other factors. The Small BIZ PAC issues a Stamp of Approval for candidates that meet the criteria as a “friend of small business.” In races where a Stamp of Approval has been issued, the Small BIZ PAC may make a full endorsement after the primary.
John Hiltz, President of OHM Advisors, Livonia-based third generation architecture, planning and civil engineering firm speaks with Jeffrey Mosher about the roll of OHM in advancing communities at the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference.
They discuss a bit of background and how his company is advising and assisting in this critical issue. They are working to raise awareness of not only the evident infrastructure issues with roads in Michigan, but also helping to educate business about the soon to be implemented Lead and Copper Rule (LCR). Senate Bill 0756, known as the Stormwater Utility Act, could also impact communities when they dive into upcoming infrastructure projects. Therefore during the conference John is working to get the word out to lawmakers, the business community, and hopefully consumers across the state.
Nathan Marsden Managing Director, Bank of America Southeastern Michigan speaks with Jeffrey Mosher about the purpose of Bank of America and Merrill Lynch in your life at the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference.
Patti Poppe President and CEO of Consumer Energy speaks to Jeffrey Mosher at the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference about what Consumer Energy has been doing in the past month and accelerated plans for cleaner air in Michigan.
She has also been 2019 Policy Conference Chairperson.