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New SBAM survey shows small business optimism despite tight labor market

Michigan Business Network
December 22, 2016 5:30 PM

LANSING, Mich., Dec. 22, 2016 – After seeming to tap the brakes in the summer, small business owners’ sales and profits accelerated over the past six months, according to the latest Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) Barometer survey.

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How To Prevent Small Business Bottlenecks, and Other Management Tips and Advice

Business Next
May 20, 2016 11:30 AM

Michael Rogers, vice president communications for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with business coach and consultant Tom Borg about preventing bottlenecks in your small business, short-circuiting the paralyzing power of inertia, how to be special in the eyes of your customers, and the value of bringing in an outsider to go on ride alongs with your individual sales team members.

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Improve Your Odds Of Small Business Success By Avoiding These Financial Mistakes

Business Next
May 20, 2016 11:00 AM

Small Business Association of Michigan Vice President Communications Michael Rogers talks with financial advisor Richard Feight about the financial mistakes small business owners need to avoid if they want to be successful entrepreneurs. Rich is a graduate of Michigan State University where he received his degree in Finance. Rich has earned the Certificate of Financial Planning from The College for Financial Planning in Denver , Colorado that was comprised of intense graduate level classes grounding him in the various foundations of financial planning. He is a CFP® (Certified Financial Planner®) since 2001, meeting the experience, education requirements and passing the two-day, 10 hour exam, making him one of the few in the country who hold the designation. Rich is the President of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) of Michigan. The FPA of Michigan is one of largest and influential chapter in the country.

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How the industry-wide decline in tech startup funding is affecting Michigan

Business Next
May 20, 2016 9:44 AM

Michael Rogers, vice president communications for the Small Business Association of Michigan, interviews is tech expert Linda Daichendt, executive director of the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan. They discuss the decline in funding for tech startups, tech developments that may improve driving, humanoid robots and autonomous cars and financial-tech (fintech) that could impact the banking industry.

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EMV cards and other developments in credit card processing

Business Next
May 19, 2016 9:00 AM

Michael Rogers, vice president communications for the Small Business Association of Michigan, interviews Sergio Carrillo and Ashley Mason of Security Card Services In Partnership with Independent Bank about why it is important to small business success to be able to accept credit cards from your customers, big new developments in credit card technology (EMV chip cards), whether customers are accepting the new EMV technology, the kind of equipment needed to process EMV cards, what else is going on with equipment technology to make accepting and processing cards an easier experience for small business owners and their customers, and the importance of reviewing your rates from time-to-time.

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Good Manners Can Help You Charm Your Way to Business Success

Business Next
May 18, 2016 4:00 PM

Michael Rogers, vice president communications for the Small Business Association of Michigan, interviews Lydia Ramsey, author of Manners That Sell: Adding the Polish That Builds Profits. Michael and Lydia discuss topics including business handshakes, telephone courtesy, electronic etiquette, office manners, gift-giving in the office, and international business. Lydia’s book offers hundreds of useful, practical suggestions for the veteran business professional and novice alike.

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How Market Volatility Impacts Small Businesses

Business Next
May 16, 2016 9:30 AM

Michael Rogers, vice president communications for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with John Schindler, principle at Birmingham, Mich.-based Peninsula Wealth Group at UBS Financial, which provides specialized financial consulting services designed to help clients understand and manage their financial assets, investments and opportunities. They talk about market volatility, the factors that affect markets, why today’s markets are so uncertain, his take on what’s happening in Michigan and the Detroit area and what small business owners need to know about today’s markets and their investments.

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Governor Snyder Addresses the Flint Water Crisis

Michigan Business Network
April 8, 2016 1:00 PM

Governor Snyder speaks to Michigan Businesses addressing multiple issues including Detroit Schools, today's growing need for talent and of course, the Flint Water Crisis.

The video below contains the Governor's thoughts on the problem in Flint and how he plans to fix the situation with  not only Flint, but the entire state.

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