100 episodes

“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

The Small Business Association of Michigan’s Small Business Weekly Podcast Michael W. Rogers

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“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

    Sound advice on selling your business – or even buying another one!

    Sound advice on selling your business – or even buying another one!

    On today’s SBAM Weekly Podcast, Michael Rogers talks with Jessica Starks, President & CEO of Transworld Business Advisors of Grand Rapids and Lansing. If you’re thinking about selling your small business “you need to feel that this is the right time in your life and what your future looks like,” she says. “Some questions to ask yourself: what comes next? Where are you financially? What is the value of my business? And what does the process (of selling) look like?”
    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 32,000 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)

    • 10 min
    Building community and business success

    Building community and business success

    On today’s SBAM Weekly Podcast, Michael Rogers talks with Jen Julien, who with her husband Jon owns Braveworks, a real estate development/management company based in Houghton. “A  couple of our businesses have developed because we saw a need in the community and it wasn't being filled,” she says. “So we took it upon ourselves to fill that need and create the jobs and to create the services that help our community prosper and thrive,”
    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 32,000 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)

    • 9 min
    Innovative solutions for saving energy and cash

    Innovative solutions for saving energy and cash

    On today’s SBAM Weekly Podcast, Michael Rogers talks with Scott Ringlein, founder of the Energy Alliance Group of North America, a family of for-profit and nonprofit companies that share a common goal and expertise to develop innovative solutions to energy waste and environmental challenges. “We help business building owners, including those in Michigan, find ways to become more energy efficient, reduce their utility cost, improve cash flow both short term and long term, and then have an option to give back to others in the same community that they're located in,” he says.
    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 32,000 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)

    • 15 min
    Finding optimal tax strategies for small businesses

    Finding optimal tax strategies for small businesses

    On today’s SBAM Weekly Podcast, Michael Rogers talks with tax planner Stephanie Squires, owner of SCS Capital in Livonia. “One of the things that I think small business owners can do is look at the IRS rules when it comes to taking salaries,” she says. “One or two things can be done. They can take a salary, and take some hours of distributions, because they're bypassing a lot of the Medicare and Social Security taxes. And the other option that I see a lot of times is doing employee benefits. The employer or the small business owner providing these, it actually is an expense for them, and therefore reducing the amount of taxes that they owe on the overall income of their business.”
    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 32,000 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)

    • 9 min
    Cybersecurity, understanding big data, leveraging AI among top tech challenges facing small businesses

    Cybersecurity, understanding big data, leveraging AI among top tech challenges facing small businesses

    On today’s SBAM Weekly Podcast, Michael Rogers talks with Catherine Behrenbrinker, CEO & President of Symplicity Communications in Grand Rapids. “Cybersecurity is the number one thing, no matter what size business, you need to pay attention and have a strategy,” she says. “You need to spend money in this area, and especially for a smaller business, I think that’s an area that’s often overlooked.”
    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 32,000 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)

    • 16 min
    The importance of community involvement as a key business strategy

    The importance of community involvement as a key business strategy

    On today’s SBAM Weekly Podcast, Michael Rogers talks with Jill Marlan, CEO and founder of Peak Performance Physical Therapy. “When we go into a community it’s really important for us to be able to be ingrained into the communities and be able to give back within the communities,” she says. “Last year, we were able to give back to the communities that we serve over $50,000 in donations, injury prevention clinics, leadership education training, how to maneuver the health care system, working with athletes and volunteer work across the communities and across the state of Michigan.”
    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 32,000 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)

    • 14 min

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