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What to consider when renting or buying your first office or retail location

January 1, 2016

Michael Rogers, vice president communications for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with Jim Bieri, principal with Stokas Bieri Real Estate in Detroit and Southfield. Jim has great advice on how to rent or buy your first commercial office or retail location. He suggests there’s a lot of value in find a trusted advisor who really knows the commercial real estate market in your town. He also discusses the pros and cons of using small business incubator space.


Small Business Association of Michigan’s Entrepreneurial Insights is a new program, hosted by Vice President Communications Michael Rogers, that every week presents a dynamic audio interview from a top-notch expert on entrepreneurial success. Hear great tips and advice on how to be a more effective small business owner. Get a new episode every week by subscribing via iTunes.

Also available is SBAM Shorts, a weekly show that presents quick suggestions on saving money, getting more customers and operating more efficiently. Each program is brief – running 60 seconds or less. It can also be found on iTunes.

SBAM produces three other audio programs that can help you be a successful small business owner. Business Next, This Week in Small Business (with small business advocate Chris Holman) and This Week in Small Business Technology (with Linda Daichendt, executive director of the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan) are produced in cooperation with the Michigan Business Network and can be found at

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