Resources

Small Business Champion: Dire State Budget Crisis Looms (5:55)

This week, SBAM's Vice President Communications Michael Rogers talks with SBAM’s Vice President Government Relations David Palsrok about the looming state budget crisis and the high stakes facing small business. Click here to listen. The weekly Small Business Champion podcast is the place where you can get the scoop on what’s really happening in Lansing and Washington, D.C., and what it means to your bottom line.

Healthcare Town Hall meetings scheduled

Michigan Congressmen are hosting Healthcare Town Hall meetings across Michigan. Small business owners are urged to attend and share your views on federal health care reform.  

Rep. Pete Hoekstra
Monday, Aug. 31
7 – 8 PM – Doors open at 6:30 PM
Evergreen Commons
480 State Street
Corner of Michigan Ave and State Street
Grand Rapids
For info:  676-395-0030

 


Rep. Gary Peters
Tuesday. Sept. 1
6 – 8 PM
West Bloomfield High School
4925 Orchard Lake Rd
West Bloomfield
For info: 248-273-4227

 


Rep. Bart Stupak
Two televised call-in town halls this week. Details to be announced.

 


Rep. Dale Kildee
Wednesday, Sept. 9
8 PM
Telephone Town Hall
Call 800-662-2685 for invitation information.

The Small Business Champion Podcast: Pending Small Business Issues in the State Legislature (5:45)

This week, SBAM's Vice President Communications Michael Rogers talks with SBAM’s Director of Government Relations Mike Batterbee about the status of several small business issues that are pending in Michigan's legislature. Click here to listen. The weekly Small Business Champion podcast is the place where you can get the scoop on what’s really happening in Lansing and Washington, D.C., and what it means to your bottom line.

 


SBAM health insurance expert quoted in Crain’s Detroit Business

In the Aug. 24 edition of Crain’s Detroit Business (subscription required), SBAM’s Vice President Small Business Services Scott Lyon said that SBAM opposes the “pay or play” employer mandate that is contained in most of the federal health insurance reform bills. Excerpt:

 

Scott Lyon, SBAM's vice president of small-business services, said his group favors an individual mandate for people to purchase their own health insurance.
But Lyon said the rising of health insurance premiums is the main problem for small companies.
“The first, second and third problem with health care is cost. Our average member is spending $8,300 per employee, per year, on health insurance,” said Lyon. “Everyone has their own picture in mind to address the uninsured. There are about 12 million who can't afford insurance, but we believe most are uninsured because it costs too much.”

 


SBAM President and CEO Rob Fowler quoted in "Business groups target the MBT" article

An article in the Aug. 19 Business Review West Michigan says "As legislators grapple yet again with the state's fiscal crisis, business groups are quietly laying the groundwork for possibly changing Michigan's tax structure."
"It's a way to reposition Michigan," Small Business Association of Michigan CEO Rob Fowler said. Led by Detroit Renaissance, business groups involved in the talks that have been ongoing since the spring are trying to build consensus among themselves on tax reform -- an endeavor that even participants in the meetings say is difficult -- because they view the present political leadership as unable to tackle the issue. "If we cannot come together and cast a vision about a new, more competitive Michigan, then who's going to do it?" Fowler said. "We must do it."

 


The Small Business Champion Podcast: Make Your Voice Heard on Federal Health Care Reform (6:47)

This week, SBAM's Vice President Communications Michael Rogers talks with SBAM’s Vice President Government Relations Dave Palsrok about making your voice heard in the debate over federal health care reform. Click here to listen. The weekly Small Business Champion podcast is the place where you can get the scoop on what’s really happening in Lansing and Washington, D.C., and what it means to your bottom line.
(Music by DJ Dolores.)

 


SBAM Endorses Mike Nofs For 19th District Senate Seat

SBAM's Small Biz PAC has endorsed Mike Nofs (R-Battle Creek) in the primary race for the 19th State Senate seat.

“We are pleased to endorse Mike Nofs in this important Senate seat.  He understands the problems and challenges that entrepreneurs face. He will bring his experience to the State Senate and represent the interests of small businesses. He’s been an elected official who supports the small business community when it matters and he will help Michigan’s small businesses create the jobs our state so desperately needs,” said Rob Fowler President and CEO of SBAM.

Mike Nofs has pledged that job creation in Michigan will be his number one priority.  “I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Small Business Association of Michigan.  Small businesses are the backbone of Michigan’s economy and the key to our economic revival,” said Nofs.

 


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