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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

Tony Vernaci | AIAM

Kat Reed | IACC

Current Strategic Partners

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 501(c)3, Michigan Celebrates now offers programs and services to the Michigan Celebrates Small Business awardees to accelerate their growth and connect them with additional resources.

MCSB Board of Directors

Dan Wyant | Edward Lowe Foundation
Colleen Killen-Roberts | Edward Lowe Foundation
Jennifer Deamud | Manufacturing Growth Alliance
Ann Parker | Small Business Association of Michigan

Brian Calley | Small Business Association of Michigan
Josh Hundt | Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Chis Holman | Michigan Business Network
Cynthia Kay | Cynthia Kay & Co. Media Productions

Camron Gnass | Traction
J. D. Collins | Michigan Small Business Development Center
Todd Gustafson | Kinexus

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 have served on NSBA’s board of directors and in board leadership positions.