Chamber News & Blog

June 21, 2017
Article type: Blog

When summer’s back in swing, it’s the perfect time to make sure your building is operating efficiently. These straightforward measures have the potential to save significant amounts of energy, leaving you with more money for your business while maintaining or improving occupant comfort.

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June 20, 2017
Article type: News

Here are ten steps for successfully becoming an international exporter. Once you are successfully exporting into one market, apply that to another new market, like adjacent countries or those with similar characteristics. Once you have a good understanding of what it takes to become successful,...

June 14, 2017
Article type: Blog

Some studies have counted over 124 different religions practiced in the United States and these religions range from only 10 adherents to tens of millions.  When responding to requests for accommodation for religious practices, though, the size of the religion is irrelevant. The wrong answer to...

June 12, 2017
Article type: News

Legislation is moving through the State Senate that would prohibit local units of government from passing laws to restrict what private sector employers can ask in the interview process. This legislation is being pursued after several large cities, including Philadelphia and New York...

June 8, 2017
Article type: Blog

Exporting is a privilege, not a right. Before you begin exporting you have to know where your product or service stands in terms of export controls.

The U.S. controls exports of...

June 7, 2017
Article type: Blog

When someone around us loses their temper, our natural defensive tendency is to match their intensity and also become offensive. This response usually only serves to pour gasoline onto the fire. Although counter-intuitive, a calm, measured response can de-escalate the situation.

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June 6, 2017
Article type: Blog

Here are some general tips to help you understand some of the basics about job applications, interviewing, and background checks. The goal is to hire the best people and to minimize risks. By no means does the following cover everything you need to know, but this will get you thinking and...

June 5, 2017
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber has been contacted by MIOSHA about proposed changes to the workplace blood levels for lead. MIOSHA plans to initiate a process to modify the occupational lead standards for general industry and construction this summer and is soliciting feedback from the Michigan...

June 5, 2017
Article type: News

Those who trade in an old car or recreation vehicle for a new one will pay less sales tax under four bills being taken up in the House Tax Policy Committee and supported by the Michigan Chamber. Michigan is only one of a few states that does not recognize the value of a trade-in when...

June 5, 2017
Article type: News

Last week, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley announced his intention to place a Constitutional amendment on the 2018 ballot to make Michigan’s Legislature part-time. The Michigan Chamber has begun to evaluate the content of the proposal but has not yet taken a formal position.

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