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Rodriguez joins MainStreet Legislative Consulting Services

November 10, 2020

For Immediate Release
Nov. 10, 2020
Contact:  Sarah Miller, 800-362-5461, ext. 212

LANSING, MI – Jared Rodriguez has joined MainStreet Legislative Consulting Services as a partner, MainStreet founding partner and president, Goeff Hansen announced today. In his new role, Rodriguez will work to help small business and non-profit clients better advocate on the specific issues impacting their operations in the Michigan Legislature.

“With the great success MainStreet has been experiencing, we needed to add someone to the firm who would be able to hit the ground running, and that’s something Jared absolutely brings to the table for us,” Hansen said. “Over the years, Jared has earned the respect of lawmakers and decision makers in Michigan and around the nation for his ability to work on difficult issues with the highest ethical standards. He is someone I’ve known and respected for his work for over 10 years, and I’m confident he will be a great addition to the team here at MainStreet.”

Rodriguez has spent nearly two decades working in advocacy, most recently serving as president and CEO of Calder Group, LLC – a multi-client issue advocacy, political campaign and non-profit management firm he founded in 2013. Prior to starting the Calder Group, Rodriguez served as president of the West Michigan Policy Forum (WMPF), a non-profit advocacy organization he co-founded in 2011. As president, Rodriguez helped grow WMPF into a consortium of more than 850 business leaders from 11 counties who worked to create a healthier business climate and jobs and opportunities throughout the state.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Goeff and the team here at MainStreet,” said Rodriguez. “And I’m excited for the clients that we serve because this partnership is absolutely going to add capacity and service capabilities to what we are able to offer. I can’t wait to get started on working to strengthen the voice and influence of our clients here in Lansing.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to see Jared join forces with us at MainStreet, said SBAM President Brian Calley. His track record advocating for the needs and interests of the business community here in Michigan speaks for itself. I have no doubt that he’ll do a tremendous job of helping small business owners effectively engage on the legislative issues that matter most to them.”

Rodriguez also served a Michigan Civil Rights Commissioner from 2009-2014. Rodriguez is a graduate of the James Madison College at Michigan State University. He and his wife Tara reside in Portland, Michigan with their four children.

MainStreet Legislative Consulting is a separate entity overseen by SBAM. Its services are not included in SBAM membership fees.  

The Small Business Association of Michigan focuses solely on serving the needs of Michigan’s small business community through advocacy, collaboration and buying power. Today they serve over 28,000 members in all 83 counties of Michigan. SBAM is located in Lansing, just one block from the Capitol.

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