<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=1018706268302959&amp;ev=PageView&amp;noscript=1">
((o
Knowledge • News • Insights
 o))
In Partnership With

What's New in the Blog

SBAM | $15 Minimum Wage Proposal

Michigan Business Network
February 9, 2022 3:00 PM

National Group Bankrolling $15 Minimum Wage Proposal; Other Petitions

One Fair Wage Action, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit set up to help tipped servers get out of scratching an existence based on tips, is the driving force behind the latest effort to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2023.

Read More

SBAM | Ten Talent and Leadership Trends for 2022

Michigan Business Network
February 8, 2022 10:00 AM

With the pandemic disrupting work culture to an unanticipated level, Korn Ferry surveyed employers around the world.

The study identified 10 human resource trends employers will confront that will impact how, when, and where work will be.

Read More

SBAM | The Real Issue Facing Michigan's Workforce

Michigan Business Network
February 7, 2022 5:00 PM

Why increasing labor force participation is essential for Michigan’s economy

We are facing massive challenges as a state and country, but the lack of jobs is not the main problem. Our population is aging, the labor force participation rate is low and has been trending downward for decades, and our education system has had a difficult time keeping up with the increasing demands of our global economy. Our biggest economic problem is that we do not have enough people to meet the demands of our economy, let alone maximize its potential.

Read More

SBAM | New Survey Shows What's Plaguing Small Businesses

Michigan Business Network
February 1, 2022 5:00 PM

Survey shows workforce shortages, inflation, supply chain disruptions plaguing small businesses

The results from our most recent survey show Michigan’s small businesses continue to struggle with workforce shortages, inflation, and supply chain disruptions.

Survey respondents overwhelmingly identified workforce shortages (56%), inflation (56%), and supply chain disruptions (59%) as the biggest problems facing their businesses. Sixty-six percent of small businesses said it’s harder to find and keep staff. To combat that challenge, 70 percent of businesses are increasing wages to attract and maintain employees.

Read More

CAR | CAFE Trends and Impact of Electrification

Michigan Business Network
January 28, 2022 4:00 PM

In the face of climate change, decarbonization commitments from public and private entities, and more stringent emissions and fuel economy standards, the electrification of passenger vehicles is a growing focus throughout the United States’ automotive industry. Despite various pressures to deploy lower-emission hybrid-electric (HEV), battery-electric (BEV), and fuel-cell electric (FCEV) vehicles as soon as possible, some challenges remain. Consumer preferences may slow the acceptance and turnover rates of electric vehicles (EVs) in the United States. Until consumers view them as a better option with minimal compromise, BEV may struggle to gain mass-market acceptance. But, with the introduction of BEV pickup trucks, the industry is about to take some significant steps in testing the market.

Read More

CAR Discusses This Week's Hot Topics

Michigan Business Network
January 24, 2022 4:00 PM

This week, autonomous technology was featured in much of the news, focusing on safety and significant investments and partnerships. We also saw interesting developments in the e-commerce space as the pandemic continues to shift consumer purchasing trends. Lastly, we monitor how COVID-19 surges and vaccine mandates impact the global supply chain and auto manufacturing.

Read More

Bay County Board of Commissioners Award $2 Million in ARPA Funding for Small Businesses

Michigan Business Network
January 24, 2022 3:00 PM

BAY CITY, MICH.- The Bay County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution at a special meeting Tuesday, January 18, 2022 to allocate $2 million of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to Bay Future, Inc. to assist small businesses that were affected and impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read More

SBAM | Supreme Court Decision is a Win for Small Business

Michigan Business Network
January 19, 2022 9:00 AM

Supreme Court Stops Biden Admin’s Vaccination-or-Testing Requirements On Employers

The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday stopped the President Joe Biden administration’s vaccination-or-testing requirement on the nation’s largest employers.

Read More

SBAM | 10 Points on SCOTUS Vaccine Mandate Ruling

Michigan Business Network
January 18, 2022 5:00 PM

By Brian Calley, SBAM President & CEO

When the Supreme Court blocked OSHA from implementing the “Emergency Temporary Standard” requiring employers with more than 100 employees to mandate vaccinations or weekly testing as a condition of employment, it was a big win for businesses of all sizes.

Read More

SBAM | Supreme Court Blocks Vaccine Mandate

Michigan Business Network
January 17, 2022 3:00 PM

Thursday the Supreme Court blocked President Biden's Covid-19 vaccine or testing requirement aimed at businesses with 100 or more employees, a big win for our members. However, it allowed a vaccine mandate for certain health care workers to go into effect nationwide.

Read More