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Online survey to measure Michigan’s 2013 economic outlook

October 9, 2012

SBAM is participating in the Michigan 2013 Economic Outlook Survey, a flagship report that will be issued the first week of January. The report will present perceptions of Michigan as a business-friendly state by business, nonprofit and municipal leaders across all 88 counties.

SBAM has joined more than 70 associations across the state that will be participating in this program, including the Detroit Economic Club, the Detroit Regional Chamber, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber, Michigan Manufacturers Association, Southwest Michigan First, the West Michigan Policy Forum, the Traverse City Area Chamber, and Lake Superior Community Partnership. While the program is similar to the survey Baker Strategy Group has conducted annually since 2009 for the Michigan Manufacturers’ Association, this effort has been expanded to include businesses across all industries, as well as nonprofits and municipalities throughout the state.

“This highly collaborative effort will generate a wealth of insight on Michigan’s outlook,” said David Baker, Managing Partner at Baker Strategy Group. “We will be capturing real-world opinions from more than 5,000 people in businesses, nonprofits and municipal government throughout the state. This is a rare opportunity to capture such a comprehensive statewide measure of Michigan’s prospects as viewed by men and women in these three key sectors of our economy.”

“The online survey will begin on November 12, after the election,” Baker explained. “This post-election start date is important because all federal, state, and local races will be over, and we will know where we stand on the six ballot proposals. Regardless of the outcome of the election, the question for us all will be, ‘What can we do going forward to build a better Michigan economy?’ The Michigan 2013 Economic Outlook Survey will help turn our attention to the common goal of strengthening the Michigan economy.”

SBAM members should watch for a survey email invitation on November 12. The survey will remain open through December 7, with a final report distributed publicly on January 7, 2013.

For more information on the Michigan Economic Outlook Survey, visit

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