SBAM Leadership Council

Up Next: Leadership Council Winter Event!

Join us February 28, 2023 for the next Leadership Council Winter Event in Lansing at Heritage Hall, inside the Michigan State Capitol. There will be a PAC Fundraiser to follow the Event downtown Lansing, exact location details will be shared soon.

Register Here for the LC Winter Event

Register Here for the PAC Fundraiser

Upcoming LC Events

LC Winter Event

LC Reception

  • June 14, 2023 | Location TBD
  • SBAM Annual Meeting – June 15, 2023 at Lansing Center

LC Fall Summit

  • October 11 – 13, 2023 | Mission Point Resort, Mackinac Island

Leadership Council Challenges

Become an Advocacy Champion
Using your voice to champion small business is now easier than ever with SBAM’s new member benefit, a complimentary opportunity for SBAM’s Basic, Premium, VIP and Elite members. Become an SBAM Advocacy Champion and learn how to advocate for the small business community while elevating your own business.
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Become Small Business Certified

Small businesses with fewer than 500 employees and annual gross revenues equal to or less than $25,000,000 are eligible to be ‘certified small’ by the Small Business Association of Michigan.

This certification can help set your business apart in the marketplace and add credibility to your name and/or brand.

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Invite a Business Owner to an Owner2Owner Event

Our Owner2Owner (O2O) program is a network designed exclusively for small business owners across the state of Michigan. These meetings allow for small business owners to build a sense of community and gather together with other small business owners and stakeholders in their community. Each regional meeting will feature components of networking, education, and small business advocacy awareness.

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Employee Retention Recommendations

  • Retirement Plan
  • Raises
  • $1 per hour raise if you work the full week (no calling off sick)
  • “Appreciate Pay” vs Bonus Pay
  • Close Fridays at 4 instead of 5
  • Birth/Miscarriage Leave
  • Bring your dog to work
  • Be kind
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Set goals/expectations and standards to adhere to; then adhere to them!
  • Teach Leaders Interpersonal Skills
  • Buy everyone nerf guns and use them!
  • Write a personal annual note of thanks to each staff person
  • Have annual “stay” interviews with current staff
  • Quarterly or Bi-annual All Employee Open Mic Sessions
  • Formal wellness program
  • Establish personal & professional development plans with staff
  • Invest in employee development
  • Re-onboarding your team
  • Team Outing with cocktails
  • Unlimited Vacation
  • Creative Benefits
  • Sign on bonus after 90 days of hire
  • Equity in the business
  • Talk about their future goals/dreams
  • Give them love!
  • All employee involvement in charity giving
  • Mental Health Days
  • Coffee Date with all employees one on one with President if possible
  • Employer Paid Wills
  • Wine Tasting
  • Build Culture:  Day of Service together in community
  • Thank them!
  • Empowerment
  • In person virtual flexibility
  • EAP