Chamber News & Blog

March 15, 2016
Article type: Blog

Most of the export documentation is routine for freight forwarders and customs brokers, but the exporter is ultimately responsible for the accuracy of all documents. Since each country has different import regulations, the number and kind of required documents varies depending on the destination...

March 14, 2016
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber’s Health and Human Resources (HHR) Committee will meet this week to discuss efforts by two groups to put the legalization of recreational marijuana on the November ballot.

Chamber members who volunteer and participate on the Chamber’s HHR...

March 11, 2016
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A study by SecurityMetrics finds that over 63% of businesses aren’t encrypting the credit cards they process.

Additionally, 7% of those businesses store that unencrypted magnetic...

March 9, 2016
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Our political “silly season” should be nearing an end soon. The political debates have finally taken on a more serious tone; questions no longer resemble tabloid fodder. The future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) gets significant attention and each candidate has a strong position on what it...

March 8, 2016
Article type: News

The Snyder Administration and some state lawmakers are flirting with the idea of eliminating a tax credit that currently helps offset the costs associated with covering individuals who are hurt in accidents caused by uninsured drivers. This move would worsen already high auto...

March 8, 2016
Article type: News

Members who volunteer and participate on the Chamber’s Tax Policy Committee had the opportunity last week to visit with the new Deputy State Treasurer Greg Gursky at the committee’s quarterly meeting. Mr. Gursky came to Treasury with a wealth...

March 4, 2016
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Economic growth starts with the individual, not the state

MLive columnist Rick Haglund is skeptical about the state’s choices of favored industries, noting that much of the Michigan Business Development Program subsidies go to manufacturers. “[D]eluded by the recent resurgence of...

March 3, 2016
Article type: Blog

If you’re disappointed that people don’t respond to your emails, try these four simple ways to get answers from professional email duckers. You’ll reduce your stress and improve your results:

  1. Motivate the reader with a great subject line. Perhaps you aren’t satisfied...
March 2, 2016
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On June 26, 2013 in United States v. Windsor, the United States Supreme Court opined that certain portions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) - the act barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages - were unconstitutional. Consequently, same sex couples with a valid state...

March 1, 2016
Article type: Blog

There seem to be a growing number of laws and individual state/county/city restrictions being placed on employers who want to build safe and reliable workforces via a program of background checks.  On top of this, employers are being sued left and right because they aren’t conducting background...