Chamber News & Blog

March 27, 2017
Article type: News

Unfortunately, legislation to dramatically change how property tax assessments and appeals are conducted in Michigan has been reintroduced under the guise of making corporations pay their “fair share” in property taxes.

Urged on by local governments who want to...

March 21, 2017
Article type: Blog

Exporting can create a whole new playing field of opportunity for small businesses. Nearly 96 percent of consumers live outside the U.S. and two-thirds of global purchasing power is in foreign countries, according to...

March 16, 2017
Article type: Blog

It is becoming more common for employers to conduct some sort of online research of applicants. One concern with researching applicants using social media is that social media profiles often readily allow visitors to...

March 15, 2017
Article type: Blog

As cell phones have become an increasingly invaluable part of the small business world, the average cell phone bill has climbed 15 percent since 2001. Businesses aren’t immune to rising cell phone costs, but with so...

March 14, 2017
Article type: Blog

Nobody would want to drive a vehicle that wasn’t properly maintained and lacked important safety features. Yet at one shipping company that operates nationwide workers were required to operate unsafe forklifts. 

March 9, 2017
Article type: Blog

The people working for you have a huge impact on customer loyalty and innovation and it is imperative that you encourage their passion and keep them engaged. Data shows that the levels of employee engagement and workplace passion have a very high correlation to the competitive value you bring to...

March 7, 2017
Article type: Blog

There are a few categories of workers in this country that requires a background check by law. For the most part, public school employees, healthcare workers, casino employees, and a host of others in certain job categories must have background checks done. That list includes commercial drivers...

March 3, 2017
Article type: Blog

There are many ways to measure the success of an entrepreneur, including the number of new ideas launched, the revenue and profits earned, and the ways in which he or she serves an industry or a community. But perhaps the chief among these is the impact the entrepreneur is able to have on the...

March 2, 2017
Article type: Blog

I often do an exercise at the start of my training sessions that highlight the similarities and differences between four of the most common personality types. There are many assessments available on the market that do something similar, but knowing you are different from someone else does not...

February 28, 2017
Article type: Blog

True or False:  The minimum wage for Michigan employees is $8.90 per hour.