Chamber News & Blog

February 21, 2017
Article type: Blog

The first stage in export planning is to investigate the market and the various reasons to consider exporting to customers. This article details the value in trillions of dollars that U.S. total exports hold and explains some of the reasons why small-to-medium sized businesses are in a good...

February 20, 2017
Article type: News

Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) has come under sharp fire recently over a string of issues, ranging from using a computer system to automatically determine if claimants had committed fraud to a sharp increase in identity theft claims to an internal data...

February 14, 2017
Article type: Blog

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February 10, 2017
Article type: Blog

We are often asked what Interchange Optimization really means and the impact it has on a company’s bottom line. The answer is complex, but at its core, Interchange Optimization is based on industry-specific program requirements that were created by the card brands (Visa, MasterCard, Discover,...

February 9, 2017
Article type: Blog

The new presidential administration is expected to have a significant impact on the employment and labor regulatory and enforcement landscape. While it’s yet unclear exactly what the impact will be, experts in human resources are anticipating a more employer-friendly shift and a change in course...

February 7, 2017
Article type: Blog

For many, life was a lot simpler decades ago. Granted, the advancements in technology and medicine didn’t seem to come as quickly as they do now. And we probably all wonder how we ever lived without cell phones.  But the slower pace is something people these days probably wouldn’t mind...

February 6, 2017
Article type: Blog

Today's employers place a high premium on keeping workers happy. After all, research shows that happy workers are the most productive.

A strong mission, like-minded co-workers and a great company culture can be rewarding, but there are other, unique perks that can both attract prospective...

February 6, 2017
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber Foundation’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) received accolades from the Eaton Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) for helping the agency to create real-world experiences for high school students as they prepare for a career in business. Eaton RESA and the...

February 3, 2017
Article type: Blog

True or False:  Overtime hours must be paid at a rate of at least 1½ times the regular rate of pay. If you said “true” you are correct.  However, do you know what the “regular rate of pay” is and how to calculate payment for overtime hours?

The “regular rate of pay” is not simply...

February 2, 2017
Article type: Blog

Historical studies of employee theft suggest a general “10-10-80” rule of thumb. This proposes that 10% of employees will never steal, 10% will always steal, and 80% could go either way depending on circumstances and opportunity.

While the culture and example set at any company will...