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SBAM announces staff promotions, hiring of new policy advisor

July 14, 2023

LANSING, MI – The Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) announced today it has recently promoted three staff members to new positions and hired a new member on its policy team.

Michelle Beebe is now Chief Revenue Officer, where she is responsible for the organizational alignment and integration of all revenue generating activities, including membership and products and services. Using over 20 years of team leadership and customer satisfaction experience, Beebe is focused on cultivating and implementing best practices to continually drive process improvements.

Kelli Saunders is now Vice President of Policy and Engagement, where she will continue to deeply engage members and policymakers through advocacy efforts at the Capitol. Saunders has spent her career intentionally establishing relationships with people on both sides of the aisle to advance sound policy. This move continues to highlight SBAM’s work in recent years to elevate advocacy as a key pillar of the organization.

Andrea Duguay, CMP is now Senior Director of Events and Member Engagement; in this role she will be the lead on all in-person SBAM events. Duguay will leverage her experience to deliver the very best events in the business association world by streamlining the many ways SBAM interacts with small business owners across Michigan.

Jacob Manning, the newly hired Grassroots Coordinator & Policy Advisor, will work with Saunders and Duguay to engage members on key policy issues and promote SBAM’s advocacy work statewide. Manning previously worked for the Michigan House of Representatives.

“SBAM is effective because of hardworking, experienced staff like Michelle, Kelli, Andrea, and Jacob who know how to elevate members and strategically approach big challenges. These new roles are an answer to robust growth within our organization, but also to more strategically and emphatically address new challenges that could hamper the growth of small businesses,” said Brian Calley, SBAM President and CEO. “Our team will work tirelessly until Michigan is the best state in the nation for small business.”

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