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Designed exclusively for the Leadership Council, Givitas is a communication platform that gives members the opportunity to work on relationship building by requesting for help or guidance as well as giving advice or help to your small business owner peers. Let’s lift each other up during these unprecedented times, we all need to stick together.

While Givitas is meant to communicate with your peers and your fellow leaders, there are some rules and guidelines to follow.

  1. Of course you want to sell your product or service, but this isn’t the platform for that!
  2. We all know you have your own political views and opinions, but let’s steer clear of sharing on our Givitas platform. We all have had our fix for a bit, am I right?
  3. Did you happen to stumble across an interesting article, posting, etc. that might help out a fellow LC member? Or did a fellow member do something great and deserves some recognition? You can still post it in the “Ask for Help” section.
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Upcoming Events

Virtual and In-Person Owner2Owner Events

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
  • Brig 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

Leadership Council Challenges

Get a Quote for the SBAM Pooled Employer Retirement Plan

The SBAM Pooled Employer Retirement Plan powered by TAG Resources, Transamerica, and Graystone Consulting solves for what small businesses hate the most about their retirement plan.  It’s cost effective and outsources administration and liability. Program pricing is inclusive of 3(16) and 3(38) fiduciary services.

You must be an SBAM Basic, Premium or VIP member to enroll in the SBAM Pooled Employer Retirement Plan.

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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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Nominate a Business for Michigan Celebrates Small Business
If you know a company who meets the Michigan 50 Company to Watch criteria, please nominate them for this prestigious award. Self nominations are also encouraged.
Nominations close November 22, 2021
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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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Consider the Elite Membership

SBAM has designed an Elite Membership level for the business owner looking for comprehensive solutions with special exclusive opportunities. SBAM’s Elite Membership is our most inclusive and exclusive level of membership. How? It includes access to all benefits SBAM provides, as well as exclusive perks and invitations reserved just for Elite members.

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