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SBAM on the Issues

SBAM on the Issues

The policies of the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) originate with input from the state’s vibrant small business community. Our staff and leaders keep their fingers on the pulse of entrepreneurs through meetings, member-contacts and social media. 

Specific policy concerns affecting small businesses are addressed first at the level of our Legislative Action Council, which consists of several dozen small business owners representing diverse industries and areas of the state. They meet quarterly to hear from policy experts, consider the issues and make policy recommendations to the SBAM Board of Directors.

Policies that are approved by the Board become the official marching orders for the association. Our five registered lobbyists assist our network of volunteer small business advocates in advancing our policies to effect positive regulatory and legislative changes.

Budget

Elected officials should first look to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent efficiently and examine how the state can cut and reform existing programs before seeking revenue enhancements.

Education

SBAM supports efforts to make sure that Michigan’s young people are well-prepared from the very beginning stages of their education through post-graduate studies to have the job skills needed in a rapidly changing job market.  We strive to make sure that our youth have the tools and instruction necessary to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs to create economic growth going forward.

Energy

State energy policy should support innovation and technology deployment based on free market principles.  A choice of an energy supplier should be made available on an equal basis for all businesses.  SBAM supports a diverse energy portfolio, particularly the use of nuclear energy.

Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

An economic gardening approach to economic development where the focus on providing tools and creating the right environment in which small business can grow should be a priority in the state.

Entrepreneurial education should be a component of the curriculum in the K - 12, community college, and university systems in the state.

Environment

The establishment of environmental standards that balance environmental, health, and economic concerns throughout Michigan should be on the list for any small business.

Government Regulation & Interference

The vast majority of small business owners will make the right decisions for their business, their employees, and the environment without additional, burdensome regulations. 

Unfortunately, new ideas come from Lansing on a regular basis to regulate business in new ways. This additional red tape makes it harder for businesses to prosper.

Health Care

Steps must be taken to reduce the growing cost of health insurance.  SBAM's Online Guide to Health Care Reform

Providing health insurance is becoming a larger and larger part of the budget for many small businesses, and can often times be a barrier for job creation. Developing innovative ways to control, and not add to these costs, could play a huge role in turning around Michigan’s economy.

Labor

The workplace should be the cradle of economic drive and development and cooperation between business and labor is vital.  SBAM believes that government should refrain from interference in the relationship between employees and employers.  Workers should have the right to work anywhere they chose without the constraints of various regulatory obstacles that prevent them from achieving an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work.

Taxation

Protecting small business from high taxes means that those small businesses will have more money to grow their businesses, hire more employees, and pay good wages.

Tort Reform & the Legal System

An expedient and cost effective legal system is paramount to the growth of small business.  Reforms need to be put in place in order to reduce burdensome and frivolous lawsuits.

Transportation

A safe, reliable, and well-maintained transportation infrastructure is necessary not only for the transport of goods and services, but for the safety of those employees that move them from one place to another.

Complete List of Transportation Principles