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September 7, 2022

A look back on our advocacy efforts throughout the month of August

Tri Share Webinar

ICYMI, SBAM was joined by Cheryl Bergman, CEO of the Michigan Women’s Commission and Michelle Richard, Advisor on Early Childhood to Governor Whitmer to brief our members on the benefits of participating in the Tri-Share program. This program helps businesses split the cost of child care for their employees between the employer, employee and state of Michigan. This program is specifically targeted towards employees who are over the child care subsidy income level, but child care costs are still a major portion of their expenses. This program is a great way for small businesses to attract and retain great employees. Check out the recorded version of the webinar here.

Reconnect

The Michigan Reconnect Program, Michigan’s last dollar tuition-free pathway for individuals over 25 years old to earn a degree or credential, is showing great promise early on. Recent bi-partisan legislation, sponsored by Representative Ben Frederick and Representative Sarah Anthony, would strengthen this program by responding to real time needs and adding in accountability that would ensure completion. SBAM President & CEO Brian Calley testified in front of the House Appropriations Committee on the importance of the program to Michiganders and our small businesses. SBAM remains deeply involved as the legislation makes it way through the process.

Going Pro Talent Fund Updates

SBAM members and staff were able to participate in a work group conducted by the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity that oversees the Going Pro Talent Fund. This workgroup was focused on improving the program and making it more receptive to small business needs. Some of the enhancements include:

  • A streamlined and transparent application
  • Updated supporting guides and documents
  • Increased communications on program expectations
  • Two chances per year to apply, as opposed to just one time a year

To find out more about the Going Pro Talent Fund, contact Alexa Kramer, Director of Government Operations, at alexa.kramer@sbam.org.

MEDC new hires

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, as a part of their strategic plan, has recently hired individuals that will solely see the development of small businesses here in Michigan. SBAM believes this is a tremendous positive step to ensure that the small business voice is heard. We look forward to working closely with both Amy Rencher and Natalie Chmiko to grow our small business community.

Talent Toolkit

SBAM has recently rolled out a new website resource on all things talent. Utilize this webpage to find connections to great programs, agencies, resources and research that can help your small business thrive.

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