Chamber News/Blog

April 29, 2016

Wages have grown over the past few years at rates similar to historical trends. The frequently repeated claim that wages are “stagnant” is at odds with six measures of wages and compensation, which indicate that hourly and weekly real wages (wages adjusted for price inflation) have grown between...

April 28, 2016

Last month we addressed the role inventory plays in the value of service, professional, IT, retail, and distribution businesses. The issue of manufacturing inventory is generally far more complex than these other industries.

When we meet prospective sellers of manufacturing businesses, we...

April 25, 2016

Last week, the Senate Insurance Committee advanced legislation to the full Senate to add another mandated health insurance benefit to the books, a la Obamacare. ...

April 25, 2016

The Michigan Legislature is quickly moving a small package of bills to extend the filing deadline for those who may have missed the February deadline for claiming their Personal Property Tax exemption - to May 31, 2016. 

Since 2016 is the first official year for...

April 25, 2016

With the April 19th filing deadline for partisan candidates behind us, the 2016 election season has officially begun. Of key interest to the Michigan Chamber this election cycle are 14 Congressional races, 110 State House races and two races in the Michigan Supreme Court. 

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April 25, 2016

This guide provides employers with a vision for new, more effective adult education programs, including the key elements to include in order to ensure greater student success, an understanding of the role employers can play in building such a system, best-in-class examples of employer...

April 21, 2016

Non-compete agreements come in all shapes and sizes, and the reasons why an employer may want to consider non-competes is equally diverse.

The bottom line is that a carefully crafted non-compete agreement can provide employers with a useful tool to protect its competitive position in the...

April 20, 2016

Electricity prices generally reflect the costs to build, finance, maintain, and operate power plants and the electricity grid (the complex system of power transmission and distribution lines). Some for-profit utilities also include a return for owners and shareholders in their prices.

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April 19, 2016

For American companies, exporting makes more sense now than ever before. Exporting has become a lot easier for companies of every size, including small and medium-sized businesses that may previously have found it challenging.

But exporting is undeniably more complicated than selling...

April 8, 2016

With the nearby deadline of April 15th to file taxes, there is also the looming tax scams that affect millions of Americans.  IRS Commissioner, John Koskinen warns, “Don’t be fooled. The IRS won’t be calling you out of the blue asking you to verify your personal tax information or aggressively...