Strategic Partnerships

Though SBAM does not have local chapters or affiliates, we do work with various organizations around the state to offer joint memberships.  We currently have relationships with the following groups.  If you would like more information on how your organization can become involved with SBAM, please contact Sherry Bryan, SBAM's Director of Strategic Partnerships & Certification at

Michigan Celebrates Small Business

Michigan Celebrates Small Business is a collaboration of trusted statewide organizations who offer collective resources to support, promote and celebrate small business.

Since 2005, Michigan Celebrates Small Business awards gala placed a spotlight on how small businesses positively impact our communities and state. As a newly formed 501c3, Michigan Celebrates now offers programs and services to the Michigan Celebrates Small Business awardees to accelerate their growth and connect them with additional resources.”

Michigan Entrepreneurship Score Card
MiQuest released the 14th annual Michigan Entrepreneurship Score Card in April 2018. This report uses 137 different metrics to track Michigan’s entrepreneurial vitality, climate and growth. An electronic copy can be downloaded here.

MCSB Board of Directors:
Dan Wyant | Edward Lowe Foundation
Colleene Killen-Roberts | Edward Lowe Foundation
Jennifer Deamud | Michigan Small Business Development Center
Ann Parker | Small Business Association of Michigan
Rob Fowler | Small Business Association of Michigan
Josh Hundt | Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Chis Holman | Michigan Business Network
Cynthia Kay | CK & Company
Camron Grass | Traction

National Small Business Association

The Washington, D.C., based National Small Business Association (NSBA) is SBAM’s national affiliate. It was founded in 1937 to advocate for the interests of small businesses throughout the United States.

This group, which originally consisted of just 160 small businesses, now represents more than 150,000 small business owners. Several SBAM members serve on NSBA’s board of directors and in board leadership positions, including:

  • Rob Fowler, SBAM President & CEO
  • Chris Holman, Greater Lansing Business Monthly, Lansing
  • Cynthia Kay, Cynthia Kay & Co. Media Productions, Grand Rapids
  • Doyle Hayes, D. Hayes Group, Kentwood
  • Jeff Van Winkle, Clark Hill PLC, Grand Rapids
  • Tom Mathison, Mathison Mathison, Grand Rapids

Transcend Association

Through our partnership with Transcend, we're able to enroll sole proprietors and companies with 50 or fewer employees in health coverage through an Association Health Plan (AHP) - TranscendAHP.

SBAM members can join Transcend Association at a discounted membership rate and have access to the TranscendAHP health plans. TranscendAHP pools members together with Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Michigan and Blue Care Network to offer a multiple employer welfare arrangement designed as a fully-insured benefit option.  TranscendAHP offers rate stability, the flexibility of benefit options and recognition of preferred demographics. Employees can choose from several benefit plan options with varying deductibles and coinsurance.