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SBAM Foundation

About the Foundation

It will focus its work on:

  • Research and publications in connection with entrepreneurship
  • Training and education on entrepreneurship including those that benefit disadvantaged individuals and economically challenged communities
  • In depth analysis of the entrepreneurial environment in Michigan via the Michigan Entrepreneurship Score Card

Michigan Entrepreneurship Score Card

When the Score Card was first conceived 18 years ago, Michigan was in the midst of a long-term economic slowdown. The Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) set an ambitious goal to start the long and difficult climb of becoming a “Top Ten” state for entrepreneurs. But to get there, we had to understand how Michigan performed against other states in a variety of areas.

At the time, SBAM had no ready reference with which to know how well its entrepreneurial economy was doing; no comprehensive data reference to determine progress. So, we set about to design and publish annual progress. The resultant Score Card is now recognized nationally as one of the most complete assessments of a state’s ‘state of small business and entrepreneurship’.

Download the 2022 Score Card

Foundation Supported Events

SBAM Annual Golf Outing

What a fantastic event! Thank you to everyone who came out to support the SBAM Foundation’s first official fundraising event.

Stay tuned for details on our 2023 event!

Read the Recap

7th Annual MI Hidden Talent Workshop

March 21, 2023

The workshop is a one-day training seminar for business owners/leaders and HR professionals, providing tools and insights needed that will help companies hire Michiganders with disabilities.

MI Hidden Talent was created in 2015 by then Lt. Governor Brian Calley and Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein.