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Michael Rogers, Small Business Association of Mich

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There are many great reasons for entrepreneurs like you to belong to the Small Business Association of Michigan. Listen weekly to learn how your fellow business owners leverage the value of their involvement. Learn more by calling today at 800-362-5461.

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Dave Moore testimonial 100919

There are many great reasons for entrepreneurs like you to belong to the Small Business Association of Michigan. “SBAM within the state of Michigan, hands down, has developed the best level of content and leadership material and networking for me and without SBAM, I don't know that I would know where else to go get it.” Dave Moore is president of VP Demand Creation Services, founded 50 years ago in Traverse City. “The best thing SBAM has done for me in terms of delivering content, delivering knowledge, because at the top of every organization, there's a president/CEO, and it's very lonely. And you no longer have a mentor. Unless you formed a board of directors, you no longer have a boss. And so where do you go for those resources? SBAM has developed that for me.” Leverage the value of your involvement with the Small Business Association of Michigan. Learn more by calling today at 800-362-5461.

54 s5 days ago
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Dave Moore testimonial 100919

Justin Caine testimonial 100219

There are many great reasons for entrepreneurs like you to belong to the Small Business Association of Michigan. “It's an amazing opportunity to just speak to someone that's been there, and done that, to see that, you know, you're on the right path, and you're doing the right stuff.” Justin Caine is the co-owner of Good Fruit Video in mid-Michigan and he appreciates the opportunity the organization gives him for owner-to-owner interaction. “Being able to talk to someone and when you think you’re drowning, and you think you're doing a horrible job, and then you talk to someone and they say, oh no, you know, yeah, I feel the same way or blah, blah, blah, you know, I did this and this is how I do this.” Leverage the value of your involvement with the Small Business Association of Michigan. Learn more by calling today at 800-362-5461.

53 s1 weeks ago
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Justin Caine testimonial 100219

Cynthia Kay testimonial 092619

There are many great reasons for entrepreneurs like you to belong to the Small Business Association of Michigan. “For one thing, I really value the expertise of the people who are leading the organization.” Cynthia Kay is a past board chair of SBAM and owner/president of Cynthia Kay and Company, a full service media production and communications consulting company in Grand Rapids. “What I love about SBAM is that they understand the issues sometimes before we even know it's an issue as a business owner, they take a really even handed nonpartisan approach to what they look at what is good for small business, and they come back and they give you the pros and the cons of things.” Leverage the value of your involvement with the Small Business Association of Michigan. Learn more by calling today at 800-362-5461.

52 s2 weeks ago
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Cynthia Kay testimonial 092619

Sarah Hall testimonial 091919

There are many great reasons for entrepreneurs like you to belong to the Small Business Association of Michigan. “There's so many wonderful things about it. But I think one of the highest value pieces for me is the involvement in the legislation and the communication that comes out of that.” Sarah Hall is the owner and president of the Griswold Group, a health insurance agency and employee benefits consulting firm based in Grand Rapids and a member of SBAM’s Leadership Council. “For any person, you know, living a busy life running a business, some of us are not as able to stay as closely on top of the changes and the needs. So just being able to be made aware of what's going on and then in addition to that, obviously, being advocated for as a whole it's it's really a wonderful thing.” Leverage the value of your involvement with the Small Business Association of Michigan. Learn more by calling today at 800-362-5461.

58 s3 weeks ago
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Sarah Hall testimonial 091919

Bonnie Alfonso testimonial 091219

There are many great reasons for entrepreneurs like you to belong to the Small Business Association of Michigan. “The staff at of SBAM is phenomenal, world-class. Would put them up against any association or leadership team in the country.” Bonnie Alfonso is the President/CEO of Alfie Logo Gear for Work & Play in Traverse City and a past chair of the Small Business Association of Michigan. “The connections that they have helped me build through a peer network within the organization, the opportunities I've had to serve, and the people that I've met along the way have now become lifelong friends. And I so value the connections and the opportunities that I have to learn and grow from other business leaders across the state. And it is just been phenomenal.” Leverage the value of your involvement with the Small Business Association of Michigan. Learn more by calling today at 800-362-5461.

54 sSEP 13
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Bonnie Alfonso testimonial 091219

Bob Fish testimonial 090519

There are many great reasons for entrepreneurs like you to belong to the Small Business Association of Michigan. “The fellowship of something like SBAM is remarkable.” Bob Fish is co-founder of BIGGBY COFFEE and a past chair of the Small Business Association of Michigan. “As a board member, I was just exposed to other board members, and then broadly, members of SBAM. And, you know, when anybody can create, you know, the word I like to use is scaffolding. That is that there are people around you where you can share your ideas, and you can listen to their ideas, and you can simply listen to them, because you might hear something differently that can really influence your thinking and allow you to grow.” Leverage the value of your involvement with the Small Business Association of Michigan. Learn more by calling today at 800-362-5461.

54 sSEP 6
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Bob Fish testimonial 090519

Gary Kushner testimonial 082819

There are many great reasons for entrepreneurs like you to belong to the Small Business Association of Michigan. “Oh, I think as SBAM is a remarkable organization.” Gary Kushner is CEO of Kushner & Company in Portage and a past chair of the Small Business Association of Michigan. “The biggest value I saw was that SBAM was nonpartisan, or I shouldn't say partisan, but only to small business. It was not a Democratic or Republican organization like others in Lansing. But what I found that that allowed them to do and allowed all of its members and myself included to do was provide input on both sides of the aisle. Didn't matter who was in the, you know, which party was represented in the governor's office or the House or Senate. Up in Lansing, we were able to represent small business, probably at the greatest level of any organization in the state. And so I saw SBAM as this remarkable entity now in its 50th year. I've been involved with them for probably 30, 40, for almost 35 years or longer, and just saw them as remarkably effective, open to ideas and helping improve the small business climate in the state of Michigan.” Leverage the value of your involvement with the Small Business Association of Michigan. Learn more by calling today at 800-362-5461.

1 MINAUG 30
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Gary Kushner testimonial 082819

Erick Stewart testimonial 073119

There are many great reasons for entrepreneurs like you to belong to the Small Business Association of Michigan. Erick Stewart, CEO and President of Stewart Industries in Battle Creek, recently set up a Foreign Trade Zone division at his company. He credits his SBAM engagement with helping to give him the confidence to move forward. “The owner experience has really helped us, given me more clarity, in terms of being aggressive, to be the entrepreneur that I know that I am, and looking at opportunities like this.” Stewart says he ran the Foreign Trade Zone idea past one of his fellow SBAM Board members, Gina Thorsen of StormyKromer. “And you know, her endorsement means a lot to me, because we throw a lot of things around, and she's one of my favorite folks from the U.P. and around the state. But, you know, in her textile industry, they deal with a lot of foreign materials and things of that nature. And her input, in terms of what I was thinking about doing, was really important. So, you know, you got people like that, that are part of SBAM. And, you know, within their given discipline, they don't have to be in manufacturing, they just have to be in business. And you get to kind of toss things off of people, and have, as I said, a great peer-to-peer experience. And it gets you closer to, you know, making a decision that in the past, I would have probably had to do on my own.” Leverage the value of your involvement with the Small Business Association of Michigan. Learn more by calling today at 800-362-5461.

1 MINAUG 23
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Erick Stewart testimonial 073119

Mike Busley testimonial 081419

There are many great reasons for entrepreneurs like you to belong to the Small Business Association of Michigan. “Well, it goes back to the relationships.” Mike Busley and his wife Denise founded Grand Traverse Pie Company. “I mean, the opportunity to get together and talk about issues, not only listening to Brian and Rob and your team, but also all the great people that are members. And when you're sitting in a room, you know it's very hard to not have conversations that are in the group, is very willing to listen and to offer support. And then the relationships that might lead to I could point to many cases where folks that that I did not know are referred to me through SBAM meetings.” Leverage the value of your involvement with the Small Business Association of Michigan. Learn more by calling today at 800-362-5461.

53 sAUG 23
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Mike Busley testimonial 081419

Christina Roehl Testimonial 080919

There are many great reasons for entrepreneurs like you to belong to the Small Business Association of Michigan. “Focusing in on the mission, that is very important to me.” Christina Roehl is vice president of Gray Brigade and a past board member of the Small Business Association of Michigan. “And that's really what I've learned through osmosis with being involved with as spam and on the board. I noticed how everyone on that board and the people I’ve networked with a SBAM really focused in on what they want it to do. And the work here, there was that one mission that they wanted to get their business going, or whatever it is, they set their mind and their goals on. They have programs to help small businesses by the networking with other businesses, even if they're not similar businesses to yours. All businesses have the same problems and the same rewards as every other business. So that is where SBAM is very good. And it has evolved so much. And really anybody who joins SBAM. through osmosis you will learn from other business leaders.” Leverage the value of your involvement with the Small Business Association of Michigan. Learn more by calling today at 800-362-5461.

1 MINAUG 23
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Christina Roehl Testimonial 080919

Latest Episodes

Dave Moore testimonial 100919

There are many great reasons for entrepreneurs like you to belong to the Small Business Association of Michigan. “SBAM within the state of Michigan, hands down, has developed the best level of content and leadership material and networking for me and without SBAM, I don't know that I would know where else to go get it.” Dave Moore is president of VP Demand Creation Services, founded 50 years ago in Traverse City. “The best thing SBAM has done for me in terms of delivering content, delivering knowledge, because at the top of every organization, there's a president/CEO, and it's very lonely. And you no longer have a mentor. Unless you formed a board of directors, you no longer have a boss. And so where do you go for those resources? SBAM has developed that for me.” Leverage the value of your involvement with the Small Business Association of Michigan. Learn more by calling today at 800-362-5461.

54 s5 days ago
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Dave Moore testimonial 100919

Justin Caine testimonial 100219

There are many great reasons for entrepreneurs like you to belong to the Small Business Association of Michigan. “It's an amazing opportunity to just speak to someone that's been there, and done that, to see that, you know, you're on the right path, and you're doing the right stuff.” Justin Caine is the co-owner of Good Fruit Video in mid-Michigan and he appreciates the opportunity the organization gives him for owner-to-owner interaction. “Being able to talk to someone and when you think you’re drowning, and you think you're doing a horrible job, and then you talk to someone and they say, oh no, you know, yeah, I feel the same way or blah, blah, blah, you know, I did this and this is how I do this.” Leverage the value of your involvement with the Small Business Association of Michigan. Learn more by calling today at 800-362-5461.

53 s1 weeks ago
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Justin Caine testimonial 100219

Cynthia Kay testimonial 092619

There are many great reasons for entrepreneurs like you to belong to the Small Business Association of Michigan. “For one thing, I really value the expertise of the people who are leading the organization.” Cynthia Kay is a past board chair of SBAM and owner/president of Cynthia Kay and Company, a full service media production and communications consulting company in Grand Rapids. “What I love about SBAM is that they understand the issues sometimes before we even know it's an issue as a business owner, they take a really even handed nonpartisan approach to what they look at what is good for small business, and they come back and they give you the pros and the cons of things.” Leverage the value of your involvement with the Small Business Association of Michigan. Learn more by calling today at 800-362-5461.

52 s2 weeks ago
Comments
Cynthia Kay testimonial 092619

Sarah Hall testimonial 091919

There are many great reasons for entrepreneurs like you to belong to the Small Business Association of Michigan. “There's so many wonderful things about it. But I think one of the highest value pieces for me is the involvement in the legislation and the communication that comes out of that.” Sarah Hall is the owner and president of the Griswold Group, a health insurance agency and employee benefits consulting firm based in Grand Rapids and a member of SBAM’s Leadership Council. “For any person, you know, living a busy life running a business, some of us are not as able to stay as closely on top of the changes and the needs. So just being able to be made aware of what's going on and then in addition to that, obviously, being advocated for as a whole it's it's really a wonderful thing.” Leverage the value of your involvement with the Small Business Association of Michigan. Learn more by calling today at 800-362-5461.

58 s3 weeks ago
Comments
Sarah Hall testimonial 091919

Bonnie Alfonso testimonial 091219

There are many great reasons for entrepreneurs like you to belong to the Small Business Association of Michigan. “The staff at of SBAM is phenomenal, world-class. Would put them up against any association or leadership team in the country.” Bonnie Alfonso is the President/CEO of Alfie Logo Gear for Work & Play in Traverse City and a past chair of the Small Business Association of Michigan. “The connections that they have helped me build through a peer network within the organization, the opportunities I've had to serve, and the people that I've met along the way have now become lifelong friends. And I so value the connections and the opportunities that I have to learn and grow from other business leaders across the state. And it is just been phenomenal.” Leverage the value of your involvement with the Small Business Association of Michigan. Learn more by calling today at 800-362-5461.

54 sSEP 13
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Bonnie Alfonso testimonial 091219

Bob Fish testimonial 090519

There are many great reasons for entrepreneurs like you to belong to the Small Business Association of Michigan. “The fellowship of something like SBAM is remarkable.” Bob Fish is co-founder of BIGGBY COFFEE and a past chair of the Small Business Association of Michigan. “As a board member, I was just exposed to other board members, and then broadly, members of SBAM. And, you know, when anybody can create, you know, the word I like to use is scaffolding. That is that there are people around you where you can share your ideas, and you can listen to their ideas, and you can simply listen to them, because you might hear something differently that can really influence your thinking and allow you to grow.” Leverage the value of your involvement with the Small Business Association of Michigan. Learn more by calling today at 800-362-5461.

54 sSEP 6
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Bob Fish testimonial 090519

Gary Kushner testimonial 082819

There are many great reasons for entrepreneurs like you to belong to the Small Business Association of Michigan. “Oh, I think as SBAM is a remarkable organization.” Gary Kushner is CEO of Kushner & Company in Portage and a past chair of the Small Business Association of Michigan. “The biggest value I saw was that SBAM was nonpartisan, or I shouldn't say partisan, but only to small business. It was not a Democratic or Republican organization like others in Lansing. But what I found that that allowed them to do and allowed all of its members and myself included to do was provide input on both sides of the aisle. Didn't matter who was in the, you know, which party was represented in the governor's office or the House or Senate. Up in Lansing, we were able to represent small business, probably at the greatest level of any organization in the state. And so I saw SBAM as this remarkable entity now in its 50th year. I've been involved with them for probably 30, 40, for almost 35 years or longer, and just saw them as remarkably effective, open to ideas and helping improve the small business climate in the state of Michigan.” Leverage the value of your involvement with the Small Business Association of Michigan. Learn more by calling today at 800-362-5461.

1 MINAUG 30
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Gary Kushner testimonial 082819

Erick Stewart testimonial 073119

There are many great reasons for entrepreneurs like you to belong to the Small Business Association of Michigan. Erick Stewart, CEO and President of Stewart Industries in Battle Creek, recently set up a Foreign Trade Zone division at his company. He credits his SBAM engagement with helping to give him the confidence to move forward. “The owner experience has really helped us, given me more clarity, in terms of being aggressive, to be the entrepreneur that I know that I am, and looking at opportunities like this.” Stewart says he ran the Foreign Trade Zone idea past one of his fellow SBAM Board members, Gina Thorsen of StormyKromer. “And you know, her endorsement means a lot to me, because we throw a lot of things around, and she's one of my favorite folks from the U.P. and around the state. But, you know, in her textile industry, they deal with a lot of foreign materials and things of that nature. And her input, in terms of what I was thinking about doing, was really important. So, you know, you got people like that, that are part of SBAM. And, you know, within their given discipline, they don't have to be in manufacturing, they just have to be in business. And you get to kind of toss things off of people, and have, as I said, a great peer-to-peer experience. And it gets you closer to, you know, making a decision that in the past, I would have probably had to do on my own.” Leverage the value of your involvement with the Small Business Association of Michigan. Learn more by calling today at 800-362-5461.

1 MINAUG 23
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Erick Stewart testimonial 073119

Mike Busley testimonial 081419

There are many great reasons for entrepreneurs like you to belong to the Small Business Association of Michigan. “Well, it goes back to the relationships.” Mike Busley and his wife Denise founded Grand Traverse Pie Company. “I mean, the opportunity to get together and talk about issues, not only listening to Brian and Rob and your team, but also all the great people that are members. And when you're sitting in a room, you know it's very hard to not have conversations that are in the group, is very willing to listen and to offer support. And then the relationships that might lead to I could point to many cases where folks that that I did not know are referred to me through SBAM meetings.” Leverage the value of your involvement with the Small Business Association of Michigan. Learn more by calling today at 800-362-5461.

53 sAUG 23
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Mike Busley testimonial 081419

Christina Roehl Testimonial 080919

There are many great reasons for entrepreneurs like you to belong to the Small Business Association of Michigan. “Focusing in on the mission, that is very important to me.” Christina Roehl is vice president of Gray Brigade and a past board member of the Small Business Association of Michigan. “And that's really what I've learned through osmosis with being involved with as spam and on the board. I noticed how everyone on that board and the people I’ve networked with a SBAM really focused in on what they want it to do. And the work here, there was that one mission that they wanted to get their business going, or whatever it is, they set their mind and their goals on. They have programs to help small businesses by the networking with other businesses, even if they're not similar businesses to yours. All businesses have the same problems and the same rewards as every other business. So that is where SBAM is very good. And it has evolved so much. And really anybody who joins SBAM. through osmosis you will learn from other business leaders.” Leverage the value of your involvement with the Small Business Association of Michigan. Learn more by calling today at 800-362-5461.

1 MINAUG 23
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Christina Roehl Testimonial 080919