Chamber News & Blog

September 8, 2016
Article type: Blog

The last year has brought changes that can be beneficial to your business and employees, if you know what they are and how to apply them.

Here are a few of those changes to keep in mind as another year of open enrollment approaches.

  1. The final fiduciary...
September 6, 2016
Article type: Blog

Not all job applicants will have a work history as an employee. Some, for instance, may have been self-employed. Others, like many young applicants, may simply not have worked for a company before.

Unlike most applicants who have worked for an employer, self-employed applicants don’t have...

September 2, 2016
Article type: Blog

Paying members of your small-business workforce as salaried employees may be easy for you and empowering for them, but in doing so, you must comply with the rules and regulations of the labor laws. The Fair Labor Standards Act guidelines do not apply to salary basis employees who are exempt. If...

August 29, 2016
Article type: Blog

There are first interviews, second interviews, phone interviews, lunch interviews, and group interviews; all of which have purposes and best practices. And then there's the bedrock interview of job searching: the informational one. Too bad so few people actually know its purpose or protocol....

August 26, 2016
Article type: Blog

So it’s time to sell your business, and you want to critically assess your business’s recent performance to determine a fair market value for your company. The most important metric is SDE – seller’s discretionary earnings – the historical cash flow available to pay an owner and service debt....

August 25, 2016
Article type: Blog

Most of us have heard – or said – MOMisms and DADisms like “Because I said so!”, “Don't ask me WHY. The answer is NO.” and “Enough is enough!” And while parents may effectively get away with such terms, HR managers cannot. You will hear retorts like “You’re not the boss of me”, “Stop harassing...

August 24, 2016
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced its endorsement of Paul Mitchell for U.S. House. Mitchell is seeking election to represent Michigan's 10th Congressional District, which includes the counties of Huron, Lapeer, St. Clair and Sanilac, and parts of Macomb and Tuscola...

August 24, 2016
Article type: Blog

“Smart grid” generally refers to a class of technology people are using to bring utility electricity delivery systems into the 21st century, using computer-based remote control and automation. These systems are made possible by two-way communication technology and computer processing that has...

August 16, 2016
Article type: Blog

Total exports from Michigan helped contribute to the $2.23 trillion of U.S. goods and services exports in 2015. Nationally, U.S. jobs supported by exports reached an estimated 11.7 million in 2014, up 1.8 million since 2009. In 2014, goods exports from the state of Michigan supported nearly 271,...

August 15, 2016
Article type: Blog

Earlier this year the Michigan Court of Appeals issued a published opinion holding that a unitary business group control test is met through indirect ownership but not through attributed or constructive ownership. On June 27, 2016, the Michigan Department of Treasury (the “Department”) filed an...