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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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Video: The Michigan Future Business Index Survey -- Needs Your Voice

Michigan Business Network
July 21, 2017 9:00 AM

ATTENTION businesses owners!!! Michigan needs to hear YOUR voice. Here is a link to the Michigan Future Business Index survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Summer2017MFBISM

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MBN Celebrates 6 Years! Inaugural Episode with Rob Fowler!

Michigan Business Beat
July 5, 2017 6:00 PM

July 4th 2017, marked the 6th anniversary for Michigan Business Network. Here you get to listen to a July 4th 2011 segment from “Michigan Today”, a sister show to ‘Michigan Business Beat’ on MBN.

Chris Holman billed that day over a half decade ago as both “Freedom from Bad Business Communications Day”, and "Independence from Bad Business Communications Day".

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Energy Efficiency Tips for Small Businesses

Business Next
July 5, 2017 12:00 PM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with Bob Mihos, Small Business Program Manager for Consumer Energy, about energy efficiency for small business operations.

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If You're A Small Business Owner, Take The Michigan Future Business Index Survey Today

Michigan Business Beat
June 30, 2017 9:00 AM

Paul King, Spartan, Detroit-believer, Founder/President ROI Insight, Grosse Pointe, MI, discusses with Chris Holman about the history of the Michigan Future Business Index.

It's been conducted twice a year since 2006. They review some of the highlights from last December's results and then cover why taking this survey is so important for small business owners accross the state of Michigan.

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