“The Small Business Association of Michigan’s Entrepreneurial Insights” 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. The program is hosted and produced by the Small Business Association of Michigan's Vice President Communications Michael Rogers
Attention small business owners: take IT security seriously
On this week’s SBAM Weekly Podcast, Michael Rogers talks with Julie Lough, owner and president of Small Business Association of Michigan member Micro Visions Incorporated, recently named a member of the 2021 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch. “We deliver IT environments with greater security, accessibility and recoverability,” she says. “I think the biggest challenge for businesses is ransomware because you could potentially lose your whole business.”
The importance of a strong employee benefits package in a post-Covid workplace
On this week’s SBAM Weekly Podcast, Michael Rogers talks with Diane Christensen, founder of Custom Results Corporate Consulting, an employee benefits and human resources consulting agency. She is also a member of the board of directors for the Small Business Association of Michigan. “In addition to having just a real strong employee benefits package, I think those companies that can adapt [to what employees want] are going to be far ahead of the game,” she says
Traverse City tentmaker shifts gears to serve the medical market
On this week’s SBAM Weekly Podcast, Michael Rogers talks with Matt Bulloch, CEO and president of TentCraft, a Veteran-Owned Small Business named a 2021 SBDC Best Small Business by Michigan Celebrates Small Business. They’ve shipped medical tents to some of the biggest health care systems in the world. “I know I got a lot of fulfillment out of being able to help do our part for the pandemic,” he says.
Innovation and teamwork helps this bar and grill survive and flourish
On this week’s SBAM Weekly Podcast, Michael Rogers talks with Cathy Howell, owner of Wicked Sister Bar & Grill in Sault St. Marie, members of this year's Michigan 50 Companies to Watch. “During COVID, we launched delivery, which I didn't think that we would keep once we could be reopened to 100%,” she says. “And it's been so popular that we're keeping the delivery, we have a dedicated delivery driver on most days when we host out for it.”
Protect your data, protect your business
On this week’s SBAM Weekly Podcast, Michael Rogers talks with Brent Yax, CEO of Awecomm, and Dave Townsend, COO. Awecomm is a strategic IT services firm that was named as a member of the 2021 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch. When it comes to modern IT security, “You've got to be able to be diligent about making the changes that you need to make to protect your business, protect your data, protect your clients,” says Townsend.
How to turbo-charge your post-COVID sales process
On this week’s SBAM Weekly Podcast, Michael Rogers talks with Joe Marr, a member of the Small Business Association of Michigan’s Leadership Council and owner of Sandler Training in Ann Arbor. Marr discusses the challenge of trying to sell remotely. “How do we bond with people? How do we establish trust with people, when we're one step removed?”