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Expert Advice on Organizing and Managing Your Small Business

Business Next
June 28, 2017 1:00 PM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, interviews Cam Foote, author of The Business Side of Creativity. Although aimed at managing small marketing and communications firms, the book has great tips applicable to any small business, such as: How should you organize? What should you charge? What marketing techniques yield the best returns? How do you know when it’s right to expand? What are the most effective strategies for managing employees? How can you build salable equity? The Business Side of Creativity delves into these questions and hundreds more, giving you practical, real-world answers and invaluable, expert advice.

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Growing Employee Skills to Grow Business

Business Next
June 28, 2017 12:00 PM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with business trainer and consultant Tom Borg about how growing the skills of your employees, will grow your company, how to build trust and collaboration in your small business, the four things employees want to know about the business owner and how to positively influence your team’s behavior in your small business.

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Small Business Tech Success Starts at the Top

Business Next
June 8, 2017 1:00 PM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with Mike Maddox, CEO of ASK Technology in Lansing. ASK is on the list of Michigan 50 Companies to Watch for 2017.

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Government Contracting Tips

Business Next
June 8, 2017 12:00 PM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, interviews Jim Foucher, vice president of RBV Contracting. His firm is on the list of Michigan 50 Companies to Watch for 2017 and was also named 2017 Government Contractor of the Year. Founded in 2011 and headquartered in Detroit, RBV Contracting, Inc. is a full service federal contractor specializing in horizontal and vertical construction projects. RBV is a Certified 8(a) and HUBZone firm that has successfully completed projects for various government agencies.

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The Importance of Testing Websites on the People Who Will Use It

Business Next
June 8, 2017 11:00 AM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with tech expert Linda Daichendt, executive director of the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan, to learn more about a recent article that recommends the virtues of testing websites on actual users.

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Profile of an Innovative Grand Rapids Staffing Company

Business Next
June 1, 2017 12:00 PM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, interviews Sara Sherry Knoester, president of Mixed Staffing in Grand Rapids. They were recently named to the list of Michigan 50 Companies to Watch in 2017. From the company website: “Sara Sherry’s roots have been implanted in Grand Rapids for most of her life. An alumni of Grand Rapids Catholic Central, she graduated in 2011 from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Minor in Creative Marketing. As a recent grad, she found out how hard and unpersonalized the job market was and felt she could make a great impact on the community by taking a new approach to staffing. Sara’s devotion to helping the Michigan job market flourish in combination with her entrepreneurial spirit, led her to co-found Mixed in 2012.”

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SBAM’s Barometer Survey Finds Out the Most Popular Social Media Tools Used by Small Business Owners

Business Next
June 1, 2017 11:00 AM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks about which social media tools are used most often by small business owners and why. He presents excepts of a Facebook Live show where he discussed the results of a Small Business Association of Michigan Barometer survey of fifteen hundred small business owners. That survey asked entrepreneurs about their business oriented social media habits. Joining him on the show were social media expert Kate Snyder, owner of Piper & Gold Public Relations, and Sarah Miller, director of marketing for the Small Business Association of Michigan.

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Michigan Celebrates Small Business Awards Ceremony 2017

Michigan Business Beat
May 17, 2017 9:00 PM

Propelling Impact and Innovation excerpts from the 2017 Michigan Celebrates Small Business awards before and after dinner. May 4th at the Lansing Center. Michigan Celebrates Small Business.

(MCSB) remains on the forefront of championing small business and fostering the entrepreneurial spirit in Michigan. The MCSB's role is to serve as a catalyst for creating an entrepreneurial culture while inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs.

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Great tips on how to prevent fraudulent transactions in your small business

Business Next
May 16, 2017 1:00 PM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with Jeff Case, Vice President Treasury Management for Independent Bank, about the magnitude of fraudulent transactions in small businesses, the services that Independent Bank offers to address this problem, security tokens, Check Positive Pay and ACH Positive Pay Work.

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President and CEO of SBAM looks back at prior Michigan Celebrates Small Business

Michigan Business Beat
May 16, 2017 12:00 PM

Jeffrey Mosher talks with Rob Fowler who is the President and CEO of the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM), about prior Michigan Celebrates events. 

Their conversation was at the end of the gala awards evening for the 2017 Michigan Celebrates Small Business May 4th at the Lansing Center in Lansing, MI.

SBAM is a founding organization of Michigan Celebrates Small Business. This was the 13th year for the celebration.

 

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