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2022 Annual Meeting & Small Business Summit

You’re Invited!

June 16, 2022 | 8am – 2pm | Lansing

This is the premier event for Michigan’s small business community!

Online registration for the 2022 Annual Meeting has closed.

Please call 517-482-8788 if you’re still interested in attending. 

Schedule of Events

Exhibit Hall Show Floor | 8am – Noon

Express Learning Sessions | Show Floor (details below)
8:30am | 5 Best Practices to Create Habits to Restore Your Energy
9:15am | What You Need to Know About Cryptocurrency
10:15am | Experience the Power of Connection
11:15am | Anatomy of a Brand

SBAM Past Chair Breakfast (invitation only) | 9am – 9:50am
SBAM Strategic Partner Summit (invitation only – contact Sherry Bryan for details) | 10am – 11:30am
Luncheon | Noon
SBAM Remarks & Keynote Presentation | Noon – 2pm

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Express Learning Sessions

8:30am | Find your Power to Persevere Presented by Lisa Fisher, Lisa Fisher Associates

  • As leaders and business owners, we are called to inspire others. In order for us to inspire others, we need to be inspired ourselves. You may have heard it said, we can not give what we don’t have. Let’s identify 5 habits for creating your personal energy plan that keeps you fueled to persevere and inspire those you lead.

9:15am | What You Need to Know About Cryptocurrency Presented by Shane Hansen, Warner Norcross + Judd

  • Let’s break down the details you need to know about cryptocurrency in this economy.

10:15am | Experience the Power of Connection Presented by Derek Dickow,

  • Putting yourself out there to network is hard — especially for introverts, those who have been out of the workforce for a while or anyone breaking into a new field. Derek Dickow’s 5 Pillars of Purpose-Driven Networking simplifies networking and will arm even the shyest person with the tools to walk into a networking event with confidence.

11:15am | Anatomy of a Brand Presented by Camron Gnass, Traction

  • A brand is what people say about you when you are not around, it’s much more than a logo and the tagline. Explore the 5 brand pillars and how they all can (and should) work together.

About the Keynote Presentation

There is a life cycle to business ownership. How does an owner know when it is the best time to move on, whether that be through a managed succession plan, planned family transition or unexpected opportunity?

SBAM will explore this decision process during a moderated panel discussion that features various transition experiences from:

  • Gina Thorsen, President of Stormy Kromer. Gina works alongside her father and sister, and she’ll explore the dynamics of a family business, iconic brand, and how they’re planning for the future.
  • Chris Shepler, who recently sold his Mackinac Island ferry business, Shepler’s Ferry, after 77 years in the Shepler family. How did this decision get reached and what is next?
  • David Rhoa recently sold Marana Group, his family business, when a ‘too good to pass up’ offer was made. What has his experience been like during this quick succession?
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Exhibit Hall

The Small Business Summit includes an exhibit hall, and our event is designed to encourage traffic on the show floor. When you exhibit at this event, you’ll be reaching hundreds of small business owners and decision makers with your product or service.

Interested in exhibiting? Please view our exhibitor guide and contact Heather Hamilton at

Interested in sponsoring? Here are our available levels.