Chamber News/Blog

August 27, 2015

This is part two of two in a blog series on fixed assets.

In part one, we ended with the owner of a marginally profitable business facing a dilemma of an asset rich operation likely viewed as only worth its liquidation value. How can this business owner sell his business for more...

August 25, 2015

Have a plan in place in case a natural disaster or other hazard knocks out your business’s electricity or natural gas service.

  • Identify energy utilities—The utilities that are absolutely necessary to running your business. How might a disaster impact the availability...
August 24, 2015

Maybe it’s because the name itself conjures images of your career counselor in high school. Or maybe it’s the fact that most of us have only been on the interviewee side of the table, and never the interviewer. Either way, if you haven’t done them before, informational interviews can be one of...

August 21, 2015

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made a number of significant changes to group health plans since the law was enacted over four years ago. Many of these key reforms became effective in 2014 and 2015, including health plan design changes, increased wellness program incentives and the employer...

August 18, 2015

Michigan Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Rich Studley today announced the launch of a statewide campaign against the proposed $900 million corporate income tax hike by three construction unions. 

“We are strongly committed to informing voters about the...

August 14, 2015

Recent data breaches at the UCLA Health System, Starbucks and the U.S. State Department are just the latest hacking incidents that have drawn national attention. While the exposure of patient, customer and employee information is serious, aren't you glad they don’t affect you? But wait, maybe...

August 13, 2015

This is part three of a three-part blog series on performance development.

MYTH – Holding managers accountable for conducting annual, bi-annual or quarterly review meetings with all their employees will DRIVE high performance into our organization.

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August 12, 2015

The sky is not falling… at least not any time soon. The announcement recently that Aetna would be acquiring Humana has put some industry analysts into a tailspin. This, they say, is just the beginning of what will ultimately lead to just a few behemoth companies left in the health insurance...

August 10, 2015

The Board of State Canvassers has approved the formatting of the paid sick leave ballot petition, clearing the way for progressive groups to circulate petitions for signatures to place the issue on the November 2016 ballot. 

The ballot language, if approved, would...

August 10, 2015

As a result of the UI legislative package supported by the Michigan Chamber in 2011, the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Taxable Wage Base (TWB) is expected to roll back effective with the third quarter 2015 tax filings in October. This is good news for employers, as it will translate...