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New poll finds SBAM is Michigan’s most trusted business group to help improve economy

The Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) is the most trusted business organization to help improve Michigan‘s economy, according to a recent survey of southeast Michigan voters. SBAM tops a list of seven business groups noted in the poll conducted by Denno Noor Research for The Rossman Group and The Perricone Group.

"I think these survey results offer vivid proof that citizens trust small business owners and have confidence in the organization that represents them,” says SBAM President and CEO Rob Fowler. “Entrepreneurs are well known in their communities and demonstrate every day that they are working to build employment and help propel Michigan in a new economic direction. Here at SBAM we champion that effort and provide a voice for the entrepreneurial spirit.”

The 600-sample poll of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne County voters was conducted from May 22 to May 24. The margin of error is +/- 4 percent.

 


Take the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Needs Assessment Survey

SBAM is partnering with Lawrence Technological University to encourage our membership to participate and take the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Needs Assessment Survey sponsored by a U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration grant.

The aim of this project is to identify the availability of, and gaps in, resources needed by individuals (including displaced workers, entrepreneurs, innovators, researchers, small business owners, venture capitalists, corporate R&D, and business support organizations) that are critical to spur innovations, entrepreneurship and new business creation in Michigan.

Once you have completed the survey (www.iesurvey.ltu.edu), feel free to encourage your network of business partners and colleagues to do the same.

Surveys will be collected through mid-June.

Please note:  Your participation in this survey is completely voluntary. There are no right or wrong answers and you may stop at any time. All answer will remain completely anonymous, and you do not have to answer any question. The survey is comprised of 7 sections and can be completed in approximately 10-15 minutes.

 




(Audio) Small Business Champion Podcast: SBAM small business leaders go to Washington, D.C.

Eight Michigan small business leaders were in Washington, D.C., this week to talk to congressional representatives about key issues important to entrepreneurs, including healthcare, the 1099 forms issue, the estate tax and the new small business tax package. David Palsrok, the Small Business Association of Michigan’s vice president government relations, tells Michael Rogers about the small business mission to the nation’s capitol.  Click here to listen.

 


Center for Michigan conducts first of three “Great Debates 2010” – see the video here!

Gubernatorial candidates Pete Hoekstra, Rick Snyder, and Tom George waged a spirited but civil debate on state tax reform, budget cuts, prison and health care spending on May 25 in Grand Rapids. The debate was organized and conducted by the Center for Michigan and co-sponsored by the Small Business Association of Michigan. Watch a video of the debate here.

A similar Democratic gubernatorial debate will be held July 15 in Wixom. A third debate will be held this fall between the Republican and Democratic gubernatorial nominees.

The Center for Michigan also plans to feature 30-minute debates in 50 competitive races for the Michigan House and Senate. The legislative debates will be scheduled between August and October. All debates will be taped in studio without a studio audience. All debates will be moderated by professional journalists. Public television stations throughout Michigan will broadcast the Great Debates. Each debate will also be available for "on demand" viewing on this page and at MiVote.org.

You can see six of the gubernatorial candidates – State Senator Tom George, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, Attorney General Mike Cox, Congressman Pete Hoekstra and businessman Rick Snyder – live onstage at the Small Business Association of Michigan’s annual meeting in East Lansing on June 24. The candidates will present their visions for growing the business economy and returning the state to prosperity.

The annual meeting will be take place 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center. Tickets may be purchased online here or by calling (800) 362-5461.



New Forum topic: Can your small business take advantage of the 14 "Grand Challenges for the 21st Century"?

Contributed by Mark H. Clevey, MPA, Director of Entrepreneurship & Commercialization, Saginaw Valley State University, CBED

 

  • The 14 Grand Challenges are:
  • Make solar energy economical;
  • Provide energy from fusion;
  • Develop carbon sequestration methods;
  • Manage the nitrogen cycle;
  • Provide access to clean water;
  • Restore and improve urban infrastructure;
  • Advance health informatics;
  • Engineer better medicines;
  • Reverse-engineer the brain;
  • Prevent nuclear terror;
  • Secure cyberspace;
  • Enhance virtual reality;
  • Advance personalized learning;
  • Engineer the tools of scientific discovery.


    How will your small business take advantage of these "Grand Challenges"? Tell us in our Forum!

 

 


State Senator Tom George joins five other Gubernatorial candidates confirmed for June 24 SBAM Annual Meeting & Networking Luncheon

State Senator Tom George will join five other gubernatorial candidates – Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, Attorney General Mike Cox, Congressman Pete Hoekstra and businessman Rick Snyder – at the Small Business Association of Michigan’s (SBAM) annual meeting in East Lansing on June 24. The candidates will present their visions for growing the business economy and returning the state to prosperity.

The annual meeting will be take place 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center. Tickets may be purchased online here or by calling (800) 362-5461.

“SBAM is dedicated to propelling a new economic direction for Michigan, a direction that recognizes that home grown companies are today’s job creators,” says SBAM President and CEO Rob Fowler. “We will be anxious to hear what these gubernatorial candidates will have to say about how they will support the entrepreneurs who will lead Michigan’s economic turnaround.”

In addition to the presentations by the gubernatorial candidates, SBAM’s Annual Meeting & Networking luncheon will include the introduction of the small business owners who will be SBAM’s 2010-2011 officers and board of directors. SBAM will also present its Legislator of the Year, Advocate of the Year and Communicator of the Year awards.

 


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