Chamber News & Blog

November 14, 2014
Article type: Blog

Are you considering adding an online store or already have a website set up for your business to sell merchandise or accept donations? In today’s climate, having online options for clients is a great way to stay competitive.  Whether using complex, customized pay pages or a simple Buy/Donate Now...

November 12, 2014
Article type: Blog

You’re only as good as your weakest link. This holds true for so many companies, but even more so for companies that are built on technology. If the technology behind your service falls short, it won’t matter how good your service offerings are, how great your customer service is or even your...

November 7, 2014
Article type: Blog

To you, their salaries are just a line item in the budget. To your employees, they're much more. Your employees are your business, so ignore the following truths at your peril:

  1. Policy, schmolicy: Employees talk.
  2. They think about their pay a lot more than you do.
  3. ...
November 5, 2014
Article type: Blog

Same-sex issues and benefits are among the hottest topics in the employment area - with good reason. Employers are faced with an increasing amount of government oversight, investigation and frequent, sometimes, daily changes in what is required, what is optional, and what is prohibited. The...

November 4, 2014
Article type: Blog

If you hire temporary workers for the holiday season (full- or part-time), be sure to complete background checks as if they were applying for permanent positions. After all, even someone working three hours a day can cause irreparable damage to your business through theft, drug sales, workplace...

November 4, 2014
Article type: Blog

It's time for legislative action to fix Michigan's roads. "Nobody's being asked to build a spaceship to Mars," said Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley in a radio...

October 30, 2014
Article type: Blog

Michigan business entities, as well as individuals, may have significant known and unknown liability for use tax on purchases subject to the sales tax, but where payment of the sales tax cannot be proven. This is due to the Andrie Michigan Supreme Court use tax decision.

The decades-long...

October 28, 2014
Article type: Blog

An employee handbook too often becomes a dusty tool that is relegated to a remote shelf. In fact, it is a vital communication channel for your employees. It’s best to realize that before you are sitting in your attorney’s office, trying to prepare a defense to a suit or claim and wishing that...

October 27, 2014
Article type: Blog

A new survey from Michigan State University has some great news for college students who will be graduating with bachelor’s degrees in 2015: hiring for new graduates is expected to jump by 16% next year. Since it was conducted between Aug. 15 and Sept. 23, and the 5,700 employers in the poll...

October 27, 2014
Article type: News

The Michigan Court of Appeals, on Oct. 23rd, issued a key decision for employers maintaining drug-free workplace policies. The Court, in a 3-0 decision, held that, although claimants testing positive for marijuana...