Advocacy

In Support of Small Business

You have a business to run, so the team at SBAM constantly monitors issues affecting small business so you don’t have to.  SBAM also helps to give you and other small business owners a voice in the democratic process by connecting members with influential policymakers.

You can help protect your small business and help bolster Michigan’s entrepreneurs by getting involved today.

SBAM has an easy way for you to contact your elected officials. Take action now and voice your support for small business by:

  • Contacting your legislators
  • Examining voting records   
  • Locating your elected officials
  • Tracking key issues
  • Learning about elections

Policy Agenda

SBAM recently released its Small Business Policy Agenda. Download your copy here.

 

Latest Legislative News

SBAM responds to attacks on Schuette opinion regarding union-backed “Protect Our Jobs” proposal

The Detroit News today reported that supporters of a constitutional amendment to protect collective bargaining struck back against Attorney General Bill Schuette on Wednesday for urging the Board of State Canvassers to reject their petitions.

In response, SBAM President and CEO Rob Fowler sought to correct the record regarding the stance of small businesses toward the campaign. “The Protect Our Jobs campaign claims ‘there’s over 100 small businesses’ that are part of their effort to confuse and deceive Michigan voters. I’m really skeptical that they found even a handful of entrepreneurs who have bought into this unconstitutional campaign. We here at the Small Business Association of Michigan represent over 15,000 small businesses – family-owned job creators who back our policy that strongly opposes the so-called Protect Our Jobs proposal. That policy was formed through a careful, deliberative process that looked at all the implications of the passage of Protect Our Jobs. Our leaders concluded that this deceptive proposal is bad for small businesses, bad for their employees and bad for the Michigan economy,” Fowler said.

Build a team of trusted advisors! Find out how on today's Business Next free audio seminar.

Michael Rogers interviews Paul Hense, retired Grand Rapids CPA and nationally-known small business advocate. Paul talks about how to select a good team of professional advisors to help your small business succeed. He suggests that your team should consist of an accountant, attorney, financial planner, HR expert and legislative advocates.

Listen Wednesday at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on the 
Michigan Business NetworkSBAM members can log in and listen to archived programs anytime on a PC or mobile device by going to the Business Next show page.   

Five great tips to help you grow your business. Monday on the free Business Next audio seminar!

Today on Business Next, Michael Rogers interviews David Fant, owner of Market Mapping plus LLC of Grand Rapids, about a recent article David wrote on “Five Tips for Helping You Grow Your Business.” Also on today’s show, USA Today senior business columnist Steve Strauss talks about his new website that focuses on helping self-employed small business owners be successful and profitable. And, from time to time on the show Michael will be zeroing in on how small businesses in every corner of the state are growing and adding jobs to our Michigan economy. Their stories are documented every day at michiganjobsinsight.com, a project of the Small Business Association of Michigan, Issue Media Group and other statewide business partners. On this segment you’ll hear more about Switchback Gear Exchange and Outfitters in Marquette. Finally, another presentation from Entre-Slam, a public competition in Ann Arbor that gives small business owners a venue to talk about their small business successes and challenges. Presenting is Emilia Sibley, owner of Socor Energy.

Listen Monday at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on the 
Michigan Business NetworkSBAM members can log in and listen to archived programs anytime on a PC or mobile device by going to the Business Next show page.  

SBAM statement on "Protect Our Jobs" ballot initiative

The Small Business Association of Michigan today thanked Attorney General Bill Schuette for his careful analysis of the Protect Our Jobs ballot initiative and for his recommendation that the Board of State Canvassers refuse to allow this flawed initiative on the ballot.

"Our association represents over 15,000 small business owners across the state and we have the responsibility to carefully analyze what impact ballot issues will have on entrepreneurs and the small business economy," says SBAM President and CEO Rob Fowler. "Since the Protect Our Jobs ballot initiative is so vague and frightening in its potential impact, it is impossible to fully measure the damage that passage of this proposal would inflict on Michigan’s small businesses. Big Labor and its deep pockets are looking to throw our constitution and state laws into chaos, while small business people shudder at the uncertainty and confusion that passage of this proposal would cause. Small business prosperity and job growth depend on regulatory and legislative stability. Rather than take a chance on derailing Michigan’s economic recovery, we believe the prudent course is to keep the initiative off the fall ballot," Fowler says.

Small business marketing lessons from the 2012 Olympics. Today on the free Business Next audio seminar!

Friday on Business Next, Nicole Meloche, founder of Organik Consulting, talks about small business marketing lessons from the 2012 Olympics. Also today, Andrea Lee, PhD, owner of Authentic Integrity Coaching in Farmington Hills, has advice on the five key points to consider before making a career change; Wendy Pittman, executive director of Intern in Michigan, reports on great opportunities to get a top notch intern for your small business this fall;  and an interview from the International Council of Shopping Centers annual Idea Exchange in Dearborn. Todd Kinderer of RG Properties talks about a big I-96 full service intersection in the Howell area that could have some great development opportunities for small businesses.

Listen Friday at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on the 
Michigan Business NetworkSBAM members can log in and listen to archived programs anytime on a PC or mobile device by going to the Business Next show page.    

Motivate your employees to achieve success! Wednesday on the free Business Next audio seminar.

Today on Business Next, Michael Rogers talks with m.Motivational speaker and trainer Paul Artale talks about how to set up your small business employees for success, the virtues of a compressed workweek and the value of being involved in your community, both for the small business owner and the small business employees.
Also today,  Shirish Grover, coordinator for the Ferris State Entrepreneurship Institute, discusses the purpose and goals of this new Ferris State program; and from the International Council of Shopping Centers Michigan Idea Exchange in Dearborn, Steve Millman of Northstar Commercial talks about the commercial real estate perspective in west Michigan and Jason Kildea, director of commercial real estate for the Gillespie Group, talks about urban retail re-development in downtown Lansing.

Listen Wednesday at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on the 
Michigan Business NetworkSBAM members can log in and listen to archived programs anytime on a PC or mobile device by going to the Business Next show page.   

Lessons of success from Michigan’s dynamic commercial retail real estate economy! Monday on the Business Next audio seminar

Business Next host Michael Rogers reports from the International Council of Shopping Centers Michigan Idea Exchange in Dearborn. West Michigan commercial real estate broker Earl Clements talks about the small business impact of Cabela’s new store in Grandville; Michael Anderer, Senior Real Estate Representative for one of American’s great national small business franchise success stories – 7-Eleven – talks about their aggressive Michigan expansion strategy; Robert Donohue Jr., Main Street Coordinator for Oakland County, explains how small businesses play a vital role in making sure main streets are successful; site selection expert Mike Deighan of O’Keefe & Associates talks about how small businesses can learn a lot about site selection by watching what big retailers are doing in their community; Paul Magy, a commercial real estate attorney for Clark Hill, explains the importance of building a team of experts to help advance your entrepreneurial success and John Heiney, executive director of the Birmingham Principal Shopping District, talks about how PSDs can help the growth and prosperity of downtown small businesses.

Listen Monday at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on the 
Michigan Business NetworkSBAM members can log in and listen to archived programs anytime on a PC or mobile device by going to the Business Next show page.  

Steven Strauss: The Annual Summertime Biz Quiz

1. Who said, “You don't understand. I want to be surprised. Astonish me, sport. New info, don't care where or how you get it, just get it.”
A. Howard Hughes (The Aviator)
B. Charles Foster Kane (Citizen Kane)
C. Rod Tidwell (Jerry Maguire)
D. Gordon Gekko (Wall Street)

2. In the great James Cavell book about the beginning of trading in Hong Kong, Tai-Pan, Tai Pan means
A. Ruthless warrior
B. Supreme leader
C. Cunning trader
D. Unwanted foreigner

3. Who starred in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying?
A. Ricardo Montalbán
B. Ricky Ricardo
C. Joel Fleishman
D. Joel Grey

4. What Makes Sammy Run is a book and play about
A. Backstabbing and success on Wall Street
B. Backstabbing and success in Washington
C. Backstabbing and success in Hollywood
D. Backstabbing and success at Wal-Mart

5. Who said, “Good artists copy, great artists steal”
A. Bill Gates of Microsoft in Pirates of the Silicon Valley
B. Steve Jobs of Apple in Pirates of the Silicon Valley
C. Andy Grove of Intel Pirates of the Silicon Valley
D. Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook in The Social Network

6. Who said, “I'm funny how, I mean funny like I'm a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I'm here to amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny?”
A. Joe Pesci in Goodfellas
B. Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver
C. Marlon Brando in The Godfather
D. Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins

7. The business book classic, Barbarians at the Gate, was about
A. The leveraged buyout of RJR Nabisco
B. The feared Japanese business threat of the late ‘80s
C. How to deal with bad employees
D. Financial incompetence

8. “______ is the enemy of Great” 
A. Good
B. Laziness
C. Complacency
D. Mediocrity

9. What is the subtitle of Timothy Ferris book The 4 Hour Work Week?
A. How Anyone, Anywhere Can Live The Life Of Their Dreams
B. Work Smarter, Not Harder
C. Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
D. It’s Not Who You Know, It’s What You Do That Counts

10. What did architect Howard Roark do to begin the book The Fountainhead?
A. Kill himself
B. Give an incredibly long, boring, self-serving, one-sided, egomanical speech
C. Laugh
D. Vomit

11. Who wrote Winning?
A. Charlie Sheen
B. Jack Welch
C. Jack Black
D. Conrad Hilton

12. In what movie was this said: “You're right, I did lose a million dollars last year. I expect to lose a million dollars this year. I expect to lose a million dollars next year. You know, Mr. Thatcher, at the rate of a million dollars a year, I'll have to close this place in . . . 60 years.”
A. Citizen Kane
B. Wall Street
C. The Hudsucker Proxy
D. Trading Places

13. Who said, “In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women.”
A. Bruce Wayne
B. Richie Rich
C. Tony Montana 
D. Joe Montana

14. What character did Rodney Dangerfield play in Caddyshack?
A. Millionaire Al Czervik
B. Judge Elihu Smails
C. Entrepreneur Carl Spackler
D. Wiseguy Ty Webb

15. What movie did this quote come from: “Lesson number one: Don’t underestimate the other guy’s greed.”
A. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
B. Scarface
C. Casablanca
D. There Will Be Blood

16. Speaking of There Will Be Blood, what was the name of the oilman played by Daniel Day Lewis?
A. Daniel Plainview
B. Anton Chigurh
C. Daniel Wellstone
D. Father Mulcahey

17. In It's a Wonderful Life, Banker George Bailey has four children. What is the name of the youngest?
A. Tommy Bailey
B. Janie Bailey
C. Zuzu Bailey
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