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The Small Business Association of Michigan’s Small Business Weekly Podcast

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Apr 2, 2020

One of Michigan’s preeminent small business leaders says leadership can come from the top but also has to involve active listening. “I firmly believe that your company, a small business, is a living breathing thing -- it needs, it wants, it provides, it takes, and left to its own devices, it could either wither and die or turn on the owner like an ill-trained animal,” says David Rhoa, president of the Marana Group and a past chair of the Small Business Association of Michigan. “Because of this, you have to listen to the story that's constantly being told by your company and that's being told by your employees, your customers, your markets, your financials.”

Hear more small business leadership insights when David Rhoa talks with Michael Rogers on SBAM’s Weekly Podcast.

The Small Business Association of Michigan is the only statewide and state-based association that focuses solely on serving the needs of Michigan’s small business community. We have been successfully serving small businesses like yours in all 83 counties of Michigan since 1969. We’re located in Lansing, just one block from the Capitol.

Our mission is to help Michigan small businesses succeed by promoting entrepreneurship, leveraging buying power and engaging in political advocacy. When small businesses band together through the Small Business Association of Michigan, they achieve more than they could on their own. 

Our 26,000+ members are as diverse as Michigan's economy. From accountants to appliance stores, manufacturers to medical, and restaurants to retailers, what unites the SBAM membership is the spirit of entrepreneurship…a spirit that drove you to start and continue to operate your own business because you believe you can do something better than anyone else is doing it!

(music licensed from www.jukedeck.com)

Mar 27, 2020

A Traverse City specialty meat market is open during the COVID-19 lockdown and doubling down on serving the needs of their northwest Michigan community. Stephanie Wilson is a VIP member of SBAM and co-owner (with her husband) of Max Bauer Speciality Meats. Learn more when Wilson talks with Michael Rogers on SBAM’s Weekly Podcast.

The Small Business Association of Michigan is the only statewide and state-based association that focuses solely on serving the needs of Michigan’s small business community. We have been successfully serving small businesses like yours in all 83 counties of Michigan since 1969. We’re located in Lansing, just one block from the Capitol.

Our mission is to help Michigan small businesses succeed by promoting entrepreneurship, leveraging buying power and engaging in political advocacy. When small businesses band together through the Small Business Association of Michigan, they achieve more than they could on their own. 

Our 26,000+ members are as diverse as Michigan's economy. From accountants to appliance stores, manufacturers to medical, and restaurants to retailers, what unites the SBAM membership is the spirit of entrepreneurship…a spirit that drove you to start and continue to operate your own business because you believe you can do something better than anyone else is doing it!

(music licensed from www.jukedeck.com)

Mar 19, 2020

SBAM member Ben LaCross of LaCross Farm and Leelanau Fruit Company has been recognized as a “Top 40 under 40” most influential business leader in the Northern Michigan area. “What drives me so much to continue to network with other people, such as the Small Business Association of Michigan and some other groups, [is that they] really do a wonderful job of  reminding people that there is something in rural economies and agriculture is the driver of those economies.”

Learn more about the northern Michigan fruit business when Ben LaCross talks with Michael Rogers on SBAM’s Weekly Podcast.

The Small Business Association of Michigan is the only statewide and state-based association that focuses solely on serving the needs of Michigan’s small business community. We have been successfully serving small businesses like yours in all 83 counties of Michigan since 1969. We’re located in Lansing, just one block from the Capitol.

Our mission is to help Michigan small businesses succeed by promoting entrepreneurship, leveraging buying power and engaging in political advocacy. When small businesses band together through the Small Business Association of Michigan, they achieve more than they could on their own. 

Our 26,000+ members are as diverse as Michigan's economy. From accountants to appliance stores, manufacturers to medical, and restaurants to retailers, what unites the SBAM membership is the spirit of entrepreneurship…a spirit that drove you to start and continue to operate your own business because you believe you can do something better than anyone else is doing it!

(music licensed from www.jukedeck.com)

Mar 12, 2020

John Forsberg, owner of i2Integration in Grand Ledge and a VIP member of the Small Business Association of Michigan, is a big proponent of a concept called design thinking. “It's a methodology, you're bringing business and design and tech teams together toward a project and building a solution under a unified vision. And really, what it's all tailored to is the user who is the final user of that solution and building it around them,” he says.

Hear John describe the four components of design thinking when he talks with Michael Rogers on SBAM’s Weekly Podcast.

The Small Business Association of Michigan is the only statewide and state-based association that focuses solely on serving the needs of Michigan’s small business community. We have been successfully serving small businesses like yours in all 83 counties of Michigan since 1969. We’re located in Lansing, just one block from the Capitol.

Our mission is to help Michigan small businesses succeed by promoting entrepreneurship, leveraging buying power and engaging in political advocacy. When small businesses band together through the Small Business Association of Michigan, they achieve more than they could on their own. 

Our 26,000+ members are as diverse as Michigan's economy. From accountants to appliance stores, manufacturers to medical, and restaurants to retailers, what unites the SBAM membership is the spirit of entrepreneurship…a spirit that drove you to start and continue to operate your own business because you believe you can do something better than anyone else is doing it!

(music licensed from www.jukedeck.com)

Mar 5, 2020

One of the biggest technology challenges facing small business owners in 2020 is figuring out how to make the right investments. “We see a common thread when we come to a prospect or a new client or whatever, where there hasn't been a plan, there hasn't been a strategy around where that investment is going says Mike Schipper, founder and CEO of insITe Business Solutions in Zeeland, a VIP member of the Small Business Association of Michigan. “We talk about it internally a lot and I speak with our clients about it, it's really turning cost into investment. So that's a consistent challenge.”

Learn more about Mike’s company and his unique “ESIM Mindset” when he talks with Michael Rogers on SBAM’s Weekly Podcast.

The Small Business Association of Michigan is the only statewide and state-based association that focuses solely on serving the needs of Michigan’s small business community. We have been successfully serving small businesses like yours in all 83 counties of Michigan since 1969. We’re located in Lansing, just one block from the Capitol.

Our mission is to help Michigan small businesses succeed by promoting entrepreneurship, leveraging buying power and engaging in political advocacy. When small businesses band together through the Small Business Association of Michigan, they achieve more than they could on their own. 

Our 26,000+ members are as diverse as Michigan's economy. From accountants to appliance stores, manufacturers to medical, and restaurants to retailers, what unites the SBAM membership is the spirit of entrepreneurship…a spirit that drove you to start and continue to operate your own business because you believe you can do something better than anyone else is doing it!

(music licensed from www.jukedeck.com)

Feb 25, 2020

Where do you get the most bang for your buck when it comes to saving energy in your small business?

“The low-hanging fruit is lights, the second one is EC motors, which stands for electronically commutated,” says Roy Rabban, Vice President of Energy Saving Technologies of America, Inc, and a VIP member of the Small Business Association of Michigan. “Half of the world's energy is used by motors. And the motors that I go and replace with controls can cut the energy use on motors anywhere from, let's say, 50-70% or more, depending on the situation.”

Learn more about small business energy savings when Roy Rabban talks with Michael Rogers on SBAM’s Weekly Podcast.

The Small Business Association of Michigan is the only statewide and state-based association that focuses solely on serving the needs of Michigan’s small business community. We have been successfully serving small businesses like yours in all 83 counties of Michigan since 1969. We’re located in Lansing, just one block from the Capitol.

Our mission is to help Michigan small businesses succeed by promoting entrepreneurship, leveraging buying power and engaging in political advocacy. When small businesses band together through the Small Business Association of Michigan, they achieve more than they could on their own. 

Our 26,000+ members are as diverse as Michigan's economy. From accountants to appliance stores, manufacturers to medical, and restaurants to retailers, what unites the SBAM membership is the spirit of entrepreneurship…a spirit that drove you to start and continue to operate your own business because you believe you can do something better than anyone else is doing it!

(music licensed from www.jukedeck.com)

Feb 20, 2020

Committed and involved volunteers are key to the success of a southeast Michigan non-profit that assists families of kids who have lost parents.

Diane Lazette is executive director of Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids -- a VIP member of the Small Business Association of Michigan. “We do have the billboards and we do have several advertising venues that we use that are graciously donated that we do not have to pay for, which makes it very nice for the Foundation. But we keep our board involved, they are very hands-on not only referring people, but also their influence in the community, their time and obviously their generosity.” she says.

Learn more about Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids when Diane Lazette talks with Michael Rogers on SBAM’s Weekly Podcast.

The Small Business Association of Michigan is the only statewide and state-based association that focuses solely on serving the needs of Michigan’s small business community. We have been successfully serving small businesses like yours in all 83 counties of Michigan since 1969. We’re located in Lansing, just one block from the Capitol.

Our mission is to help Michigan small businesses succeed by promoting entrepreneurship, leveraging buying power and engaging in political advocacy. When small businesses band together through the Small Business Association of Michigan, they achieve more than they could on their own. 

Our 26,000+ members are as diverse as Michigan's economy. From accountants to appliance stores, manufacturers to medical, and restaurants to retailers, what unites the SBAM membership is the spirit of entrepreneurship…a spirit that drove you to start and continue to operate your own business because you believe you can do something better than anyone else is doing it!

(music licensed from www.jukedeck.com)

Feb 13, 2020

Despite the widespread use of online communications tools, there’s just something special about an effective face-to-face business meeting. “You cannot replace that time that you get with people making human connection,” says Allison Beers, owner of meeting and event management agency EventsNorth in Traverse City. “What I think is incredibly relevant is our shared experiences, people getting together and dining together, having that time to chat with each other, both laughing at this hilarious keynote speaker together. The networking time they get is absolutely irreplaceable.”

Learn more about the latest trends in business event planning when Allison Beers talks with Michael Rogers on SBAM’s Weekly Podcast.

The Small Business Association of Michigan is the only statewide and state-based association that focuses solely on serving the needs of Michigan’s small business community. We have been successfully serving small businesses like yours in all 83 counties of Michigan since 1969. We’re located in Lansing, just one block from the Capitol.

Our mission is to help Michigan small businesses succeed by promoting entrepreneurship, leveraging buying power and engaging in political advocacy. When small businesses band together through the Small Business Association of Michigan, they achieve more than they could on their own. 

Our 26,000+ members are as diverse as Michigan's economy. From accountants to appliance stores, manufacturers to medical, and restaurants to retailers, what unites the SBAM membership is the spirit of entrepreneurship…a spirit that drove you to start and continue to operate your own business because you believe you can do something better than anyone else is doing it!

(music licensed from www.jukedeck.com)

Feb 5, 2020

Mike Helmer is the executive director of Randy’s House and a VIP member of SBAM. The Randy’s House mission is to help restore the individual seeking recovery to mental, physical, and spiritual wellness; and to educate the public about the dangers, disease process, and treatment options available to the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) community, families and employers. A major part of their mission is getting their clients into the mid-Michigan workforce. “In terms of reconnecting to the community, and rebuilding self esteem, it works really, really well as a model,” Helmer says.

Learn more about Randy’s House when Mike Helmer talks with Michael Rogers on SBAM’s Weekly Podcast.

The Small Business Association of Michigan is the only statewide and state-based association that focuses solely on serving the needs of Michigan’s small business community. We have been successfully serving small businesses like yours in all 83 counties of Michigan since 1969. We’re located in Lansing, just one block from the Capitol.

Our mission is to help Michigan small businesses succeed by promoting entrepreneurship, leveraging buying power and engaging in political advocacy. When small businesses band together through the Small Business Association of Michigan, they achieve more than they could on their own. 

Our 26,000+ members are as diverse as Michigan's economy. From accountants to appliance stores, manufacturers to medical, and restaurants to retailers, what unites the SBAM membership is the spirit of entrepreneurship…a spirit that drove you to start and continue to operate your own business because you believe you can do something better than anyone else is doing it!

(music licensed from www.jukedeck.com)

Jan 30, 2020

Every small business employee has a unique hierarchy of competencies that can be the main contributors to their success. Training to these competencies is essential to helping them reach company goals, according to leadership consultant Tom Borg. “So often in an organization, training or development is like a one-and-done type event and that's not how it should be,” he says. “A smart company will have an ongoing strategy in place that's part of that person's performance appraisal process, where they're giving them goals and objectives. And that means getting the support they need, whether it be additional equipment, software, training or development.”

Get more employee training and development advice when Tom Borg talks with Michael Rogers on SBAM’s Weekly Podcast.

The Small Business Association of Michigan is the only statewide and state-based association that focuses solely on serving the needs of Michigan’s small business community. We have been successfully serving small businesses like yours in all 83 counties of Michigan since 1969. We’re located in Lansing, just one block from the Capitol.

Our mission is to help Michigan small businesses succeed by promoting entrepreneurship, leveraging buying power and engaging in political advocacy. When small businesses band together through the Small Business Association of Michigan, they achieve more than they could on their own. 

Our 26,000+ members are as diverse as Michigan's economy. From accountants to appliance stores, manufacturers to medical, and restaurants to retailers, what unites the SBAM membership is the spirit of entrepreneurship…a spirit that drove you to start and continue to operate your own business because you believe you can do something better than anyone else is doing it!

(music licensed from www.jukedeck.com)

 

Jan 21, 2020

Personal leadership skills are crucial to small business success. “Leadership to me is really setting that direction, it's making sure that the teams have the necessary tools, which is the training and the resources,” says Jim Coyle, Certified EOS Implementer and chief advisor at Nexus Business Solutions in Kalamazoo.

Learn more about Jim Coyle’s recipe for leadership success when he talks with Michael Rogers on SBAM’s Weekly Podcast.

The Small Business Association of Michigan is the only statewide and state-based association that focuses solely on serving the needs of Michigan’s small business community. We have been successfully serving small businesses like yours in all 83 counties of Michigan since 1969. We’re located in Lansing, just one block from the Capitol.

Our mission is to help Michigan small businesses succeed by promoting entrepreneurship, leveraging buying power and engaging in political advocacy. When small businesses band together through the Small Business Association of Michigan, they achieve more than they could on their own. 

Our 26,000+ members are as diverse as Michigan's economy. From accountants to appliance stores, manufacturers to medical, and restaurants to retailers, what unites the SBAM membership is the spirit of entrepreneurship…a spirit that drove you to start and continue to operate your own business because you believe you can do something better than anyone else is doing it!

(music licensed from www.jukedeck.com)

Jan 15, 2020

How many entrepreneurs get the opportunity to work with their son to found a successful new firm? Tom Mathison and his son Evan launched Mathison|Mathison Architects in 2013 after they each had successful careers with other companies. “We're both co-founders of the firm so we established the direction of the company together at the same time as professional partners,” Tom says. “This was, I think, an important step for us in that we both had the same grounding in what we envisioned for the future, even though it was just the two of us at the beginning. And we also established a formal operating agreement between us so that the business aspects of what our relationship was were determined even before we actually started the firm.”

Learn more about the rewards and challenges of running a family-owned business when Tom Mathison talks with Michael Rogers on SBAM’s Weekly Podcast.

The Small Business Association of Michigan is the only statewide and state-based association that focuses solely on serving the needs of Michigan’s small business community. We have been successfully serving small businesses like yours in all 83 counties of Michigan since 1969. We’re located in Lansing, just one block from the Capitol.

Our mission is to help Michigan small businesses succeed by promoting entrepreneurship, leveraging buying power and engaging in political advocacy. When small businesses band together through the Small Business Association of Michigan, they achieve more than they could on their own. 

Our 26,000+ members are as diverse as Michigan's economy. From accountants to appliance stores, manufacturers to medical, and restaurants to retailers, what unites the SBAM membership is the spirit of entrepreneurship…a spirit that drove you to start and continue to operate your own business because you believe you can do something better than anyone else is doing it!

(music licensed from www.jukedeck.com)

Jan 8, 2020

Do you own your brand presence online, whether it’s Google or social media? “At the bare minimum, your website is kind of your real estate -- that's your stake in the ground,” says Jason Dodge, founder and chief strategist for BlackTruck Media + Marketing in Grand Rapids. “If I meet you in person, and I hand you a business card, or we meet and you're going to circle back and look at what was that guy's name, I'm going to go and look his company up. And if I don't own my brand, that's a problem.”

Hear Dodge’s state-of-the-art advice for making sure your small business can be found online when he talks with Michael Rogers on SBAM’s Weekly Podcast.

The Small Business Association of Michigan is the only statewide and state-based association that focuses solely on serving the needs of Michigan’s small business community. We have been successfully serving small businesses like yours in all 83 counties of Michigan since 1969. We’re located in Lansing, just one block from the Capitol.

Our mission is to help Michigan small businesses succeed by promoting entrepreneurship, leveraging buying power and engaging in political advocacy. When small businesses band together through the Small Business Association of Michigan, they achieve more than they could on their own. 

Our 26,000+ members are as diverse as Michigan's economy. From accountants to appliance stores, manufacturers to medical, and restaurants to retailers, what unites the SBAM membership is the spirit of entrepreneurship…a spirit that drove you to start and continue to operate your own business because you believe you can do something better than anyone else is doing it!

(music licensed from www.jukedeck.com)

Jan 1, 2020

Credit unions have become an important source of funding for small businesses across Michigan. In this week’s podcast, Andrea Mosher, Senior Vice President of Credit Administration for SBAM VIP member Lake Trust Credit Union, talks with Michael Rogers about Lake Trust’s efforts to serve entrepreneurs, including details of their micro lending program for finance needs under $50,000.

The Small Business Association of Michigan is the only statewide and state-based association that focuses solely on serving the needs of Michigan’s small business community. We have been successfully serving small businesses like yours in all 83 counties of Michigan since 1969. We’re located in Lansing, just one block from the Capitol.

Our mission is to help Michigan small businesses succeed by promoting entrepreneurship, leveraging buying power and engaging in political advocacy. When small businesses band together through the Small Business Association of Michigan, they achieve more than they could on their own. 

Our 26,000+ members are as diverse as Michigan's economy. From accountants to appliance stores, manufacturers to medical, and restaurants to retailers, what unites the SBAM membership is the spirit of entrepreneurship…a spirit that drove you to start and continue to operate your own business because you believe you can do something better than anyone else is doing it!

(music licensed from www.jukedeck.com)

Dec 19, 2019

Before becoming a small business owner, Jeff Padden, chairman of the board of directors of Public Policy Associates in Lansing, had a distinguished career in the state legislature. “All of one's experiences informs their style and capabilities as a business leader and certainly my ten years in the Michigan House of Representatives contributed in a in a very major way,” he says. “I entered the House of Representatives when I was 23 years old and served until I was 33 years old. It was the best graduate education a college dropout could ever have. I eventually went back to school after leaving the legislature and earned that bachelors and masters degree. But that ten years in the legislature exposed me to a wide range of public policy issues and [I learned more about] the complexities of finding meaningful resolutions to disagreements, disputes and controversies than I could ever have acquired anywhere else.”

Learn more about Jeff Padden’s experiences at the intersection of entrepreneurship and public policy when he is interviewed by Michael Rogers for SBAM’s Small Business Weekly Podcast.

The Small Business Association of Michigan is the only statewide and state-based association that focuses solely on serving the needs of Michigan’s small business community. We have been successfully serving small businesses like yours in all 83 counties of Michigan since 1969. We’re located in Lansing, just one block from the Capitol.

Our mission is to help Michigan small businesses succeed by promoting entrepreneurship, leveraging buying power and engaging in political advocacy. When small businesses band together through the Small Business Association of Michigan, they achieve more than they could on their own. 

Our 26,000+ members are as diverse as Michigan's economy. From accountants to appliance stores, manufacturers to medical, and restaurants to retailers, what unites the SBAM membership is the spirit of entrepreneurship…a spirit that drove you to start and continue to operate your own business because you believe you can do something better than anyone else is doing it!

(music licensed from www.jukedeck.com)

Dec 17, 2019

Staying healthy can be key to keeping your small business up and running. “Many small business employees and owners wear multiple hats when they're running their business and in their lives and so you know, to stay healthy and take care of yourself is almost more important because you have to be on for your business and your employees,” says Amy Ritsema, co-owner of OnSite Wellness in Grand Rapids.

Learn more about how to implement wellness in your small business when Amy Ritsema is interviewed by Michael Rogers for SBAM’s Small Business Weekly Podcast.

The Small Business Association of Michigan is the only statewide and state-based association that focuses solely on serving the needs of Michigan’s small business community. We have been successfully serving small businesses like yours in all 83 counties of Michigan since 1969. We’re located in Lansing, just one block from the Capitol.

Our mission is to help Michigan small businesses succeed by promoting entrepreneurship, leveraging buying power and engaging in political advocacy. When small businesses band together through the Small Business Association of Michigan, they achieve more than they could on their own. 

Our 26,000+ members are as diverse as Michigan's economy. From accountants to appliance stores, manufacturers to medical, and restaurants to retailers, what unites the SBAM membership is the spirit of entrepreneurship…a spirit that drove you to start and continue to operate your own business because you believe you can do something better than anyone else is doing it!

(music licensed from www.jukedeck.com)

Dec 12, 2019

What’s the biggest marketing challenge facing small business owners? The plethora of marketing options, according to Lisa Smith, owner of InVerve Marketing. “That marketing question ‘what marketing technology should we be using?’ has everything to do with how you're built as a company and how you want to use it to grow your company.”

Learn more about how to navigate marketing options when Lisa Smith is interviewed by Michael Rogers for SBAM’s Small Business Weekly Podcast.

The Small Business Association of Michigan is the only statewide and state-based association that focuses solely on serving the needs of Michigan’s small business community. We have been successfully serving small businesses like yours in all 83 counties of Michigan since 1969. We’re located in Lansing, just one block from the Capitol.

Our mission is to help Michigan small businesses succeed by promoting entrepreneurship, leveraging buying power and engaging in political advocacy. When small businesses band together through the Small Business Association of Michigan, they achieve more than they could on their own. 

Our 26,000+ members are as diverse as Michigan's economy. From accountants to appliance stores, manufacturers to medical, and restaurants to retailers, what unites the SBAM membership is the spirit of entrepreneurship…a spirit that drove you to start and continue to operate your own business because you believe you can do something better than anyone else is doing it!

(music licensed from www.jukedeck.com)

Dec 5, 2019

Tom Cook is the founder, President and CEO of Team Facilities, Inc. He says the purpose of his firm is to remove facility issues, obstacles, and distractions to support the success and purpose of customers like businesses, schools, churches, credit unions, banks and retailers.

“Pretty much everybody changes the oil in their car so that they prevent engine failure,” Cook says. “But not everyone realizes that the same idea holds true for other assets, including buildings and facilities.”

Learn more about modern facilities management when Tom Cook is interviewed by Michael Rogers for SBAM’s Small Business Weekly Podcast.

The Small Business Association of Michigan is the only statewide and state-based association that focuses solely on serving the needs of Michigan’s small business community. We have been successfully serving small businesses like yours in all 83 counties of Michigan since 1969. We’re located in Lansing, just one block from the Capitol.

Our mission is to help Michigan small businesses succeed by promoting entrepreneurship, leveraging buying power and engaging in political advocacy. When small businesses band together through the Small Business Association of Michigan, they achieve more than they could on their own. 

Our 26,000+ members are as diverse as Michigan's economy. From accountants to appliance stores, manufacturers to medical, and restaurants to retailers, what unites the SBAM membership is the spirit of entrepreneurship…a spirit that drove you to start and continue to operate your own business because you believe you can do something better than anyone else is doing it!

(music licensed from www.jukedeck.com)

Nov 28, 2019

Jim Stowe is president of FreshHR and a VIP Member of SBAM. His firm guides business leaders to optimize their HR models, vendors and products.

“The first thing I do is I sit down with the business owner and my first step is what do you have today -- what's working, what's not?” he said. “And then the second step is, what are you trying to achieve, what is fixed? And then we look to get congruence between their business goals and objectives and things going on the HR side of the house, which for most entrepreneurs is not the fun side. And so we we spend some time talking through those discussions and ultimately how much do you want to outsource. A little bit like Goldilocks --  how hot do you want your porridge, I guess.”

Learn more about alternatives for finding HR solutions when Jim Stowe is interviewed this week by Michael Rogers for SBAM’s Small Business Weekly Podcast.

The Small Business Association of Michigan is the only statewide and state-based association that focuses solely on serving the needs of Michigan’s small business community. We have been successfully serving small businesses like yours in all 83 counties of Michigan since 1969. We’re located in Lansing, just one block from the Capitol.

Our mission is to help Michigan small businesses succeed by promoting entrepreneurship, leveraging buying power and engaging in political advocacy. When small businesses band together through the Small Business Association of Michigan, they achieve more than they could on their own. 

Our 26,000+ members are as diverse as Michigan's economy. From accountants to appliance stores, manufacturers to medical, and restaurants to retailers, what unites the SBAM membership is the spirit of entrepreneurship…a spirit that drove you to start and continue to operate your own business because you believe you can do something better than anyone else is doing it!

(music licensed from www.jukedeck.com)

Nov 20, 2019

Rhett Rowe is principal of Great Lakes Business Credit (a provider of non-bank financing to businesses) and an SBAM VIP member.

“Our goal is really to be a turnaround financing source solution to help bridge the gap between bank to bank,” Rowe says. Common financing mistakes he sees being made by businesses include not having the proper finance controller overseeing books and records, not having a professional provider of payroll services and having delinquent taxes.

Learn more about alternative business financing when Rhett Rowe is interviewed this week by Michael Rogers for SBAM’s Small Business Weekly Podcast.

The Small Business Association of Michigan is the only statewide and state-based association that focuses solely on serving the needs of Michigan’s small business community. We have been successfully serving small businesses like yours in all 83 counties of Michigan since 1969. We’re located in Lansing, just one block from the Capitol.

Our mission is to help Michigan small businesses succeed by promoting entrepreneurship, leveraging buying power and engaging in political advocacy. When small businesses band together through the Small Business Association of Michigan, they achieve more than they could on their own. 

Our 26,000+ members are as diverse as Michigan's economy. From accountants to appliance stores, manufacturers to medical, and restaurants to retailers, what unites the SBAM membership is the spirit of entrepreneurship…a spirit that drove you to start and continue to operate your own business because you believe you can do something better than anyone else is doing it!

(music licensed from www.jukedeck.com)

Nov 13, 2019

“Culture is one of the most powerful influence and forces that deeply shape all of our values, community and communication styles,” says Fathy Shetiah, owner of 7C Lingo, a Lansing-based cultural interpretation and translation company with customers across the nation. “Culture is essentially about how we communicate and it's reflected in both language and behavior throughout every transaction.”

Learn more about the role that cultural awareness plays in small business success when Shetiah is interviewed this week by Michael Rogers for SBAM’s Small Business Weekly Podcast.

The Small Business Association of Michigan is the only statewide and state-based association that focuses solely on serving the needs of Michigan’s small business community. We have been successfully serving small businesses like yours in all 83 counties of Michigan since 1969. We’re located in Lansing, just one block from the Capitol.

Our mission is to help Michigan small businesses succeed by promoting entrepreneurship, leveraging buying power and engaging in political advocacy. When small businesses band together through the Small Business Association of Michigan, they achieve more than they could on their own. 

Our 26,000+ members are as diverse as Michigan's economy. From accountants to appliance stores, manufacturers to medical, and restaurants to retailers, what unites the SBAM membership is the spirit of entrepreneurship…a spirit that drove you to start and continue to operate your own business because you believe you can do something better than anyone else is doing it!

(music licensed from www.jukedeck.com)

Nov 6, 2019

Michael Rogers talks with Bob Spence, executive director of 126-year-old Spence Brothers Construction.

The Small Business Association of Michigan is the only statewide and state-based association that focuses solely on serving the needs of Michigan’s small business community. We have been successfully serving small businesses like yours in all 83 counties of Michigan since 1969. We’re located in Lansing, just one block from the Capitol.

Our mission is to help Michigan small businesses succeed by promoting entrepreneurship, leveraging buying power and engaging in political advocacy. When small businesses band together through the Small Business Association of Michigan, they achieve more than they could on their own. 

Our 26,000+ members are as diverse as Michigan's economy. From accountants to appliance stores, manufacturers to medical, and restaurants to retailers, what unites the SBAM membership is the spirit of entrepreneurship…a spirit that drove you to start and continue to operate your own business because you believe you can do something better than anyone else is doing it!

(music licensed from www.jukedeck.com)

Oct 31, 2019

Michael Rogers talks with Anna Sperling, First Vice President Loss Prevention Manager for Independent Bank.

The Small Business Association of Michigan is the only statewide and state-based association that focuses solely on serving the needs of Michigan’s small business community. We have been successfully serving small businesses like yours in all 83 counties of Michigan since 1969. We’re located in Lansing, just one block from the Capitol.

Our mission is to help Michigan small businesses succeed by promoting entrepreneurship, leveraging buying power and engaging in political advocacy. When small businesses band together through the Small Business Association of Michigan, they achieve more than they could on their own. 

Our 26,000+ members are as diverse as Michigan's economy. From accountants to appliance stores, manufacturers to medical, and restaurants to retailers, what unites the SBAM membership is the spirit of entrepreneurship…a spirit that drove you to start and continue to operate your own business because you believe you can do something better than anyone else is doing it!

(music licensed from www.jukedeck.com)

Oct 23, 2019

Michael Rogers talks with Kim Bode, the owner of 8THIRTYFOUR, an award winning communications strategy, event planning, social media, media relations and design firm based in Grand Rapids. 

The Small Business Association of Michigan is the only statewide and state-based association that focuses solely on serving the needs of Michigan’s small business community. We have been successfully serving small businesses like yours in all 83 counties of Michigan since 1969. We’re located in Lansing, just one block from the Capitol.

Our mission is to help Michigan small businesses succeed by promoting entrepreneurship, leveraging buying power and engaging in political advocacy. When small businesses band together through the Small Business Association of Michigan, they achieve more than they could on their own. 

Our 26,000+ members are as diverse as Michigan's economy. From accountants to appliance stores, manufacturers to medical, and restaurants to retailers, what unites the SBAM membership is the spirit of entrepreneurship…a spirit that drove you to start and continue to operate your own business because you believe you can do something better than anyone else is doing it!

(music licensed from www.jukedeck.com)

Oct 17, 2019

Michael Rogers talks with Ginny Seyferth, founder and president of nationally-known public relations and communications firm SeyferthPR in Grand Rapids.

The Small Business Association of Michigan is the only statewide and state-based association that focuses solely on serving the needs of Michigan’s small business community. We have been successfully serving small businesses like yours in all 83 counties of Michigan since 1969. We’re located in Lansing, just one block from the Capitol.

Our mission is to help Michigan small businesses succeed by promoting entrepreneurship, leveraging buying power and engaging in political advocacy. When small businesses band together through the Small Business Association of Michigan, they achieve more than they could on their own. 

Our 26,000+ members are as diverse as Michigan's economy. From accountants to appliance stores, manufacturers to medical, and restaurants to retailers, what unites the SBAM membership is the spirit of entrepreneurship…a spirit that drove you to start and continue to operate your own business because you believe you can do something better than anyone else is doing it!

(music licensed from www.jukedeck.com)

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