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

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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)

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