Chamber News & Blog

September 10, 2014
Article type: Blog

Regardless of your political leanings, there’s a disturbing trend lately that doesn’t bode well for health care costs for all of us as individuals, or for employers working hard every day to make ends meet. Some call Speaker Boehner’s recent move to sue the Obama administration as a political...

September 5, 2014
Article type: Blog

See if this scenario sounds familiar: Your association began with fewer than 10 employees. Each was hired at a pay level resulting from individual negotiations. Starting pay was probably based on what they were earning at their previous job or some similar criterion.

Your association has...

September 4, 2014
Article type: Blog

Unions have suffered an unabated decline, reaching the lowest point in market penetration since the post-World War II peak, falling well under 7 percent of the private sector. In addition, Michigan has become the 24th right to work state denying unions mandatory dues support.

Now over one...

September 3, 2014
Article type: Blog

There is no magic involved in selecting and retaining top talent within an organization.  Your chances of success hinge primarily on your abilities to plan, clearly communicate expectations and empower your team to hold each other accountable.  Sprinkle in a little luck and there you have it! ...

September 2, 2014
Article type: Blog

Commercial drivers are not the only professionals who should need a valid and safe driving record to work for you. After all, think of those employees who drive business or personal cars for sales calls, errands, and meetings on your behalf. It’s imperative to make sure they meet your driving...

August 28, 2014
Article type: Blog

When the time comes to sell your business, it will be important for you to understand which type of buyer your prospective buyer is. They typically fall into three categories:

  1. An individual buyer typically intends to become an owner-operator. The buyer type...
August 28, 2014
Article type: Blog

Employers in Michigan will be required to increase wages for employees making the minimum wage by Sept. 1, 2014.

Senate Bill 934, which was signed by Gov. Snyder on May 27, increases the state’s minimum wage from $7.40 per hour to $8.15 per hour on September 1, 2014; $8.50 per hour on...

August 25, 2014
Article type: Blog

Pollution reduction is great for the environment, and it’s also great for business. Projects to slow or eliminate the creation of pollutants translate to reduced business costs, both from increased efficiency and from avoided environmental compliance costs. As an added bonus, these projects...

August 25, 2014
Article type: Blog

There are some circumstances under which individuals who participate in “for-profit” private sector internships or training programs may do so without compensation. The Supreme Court has held that the term "suffer or permit to work" cannot be interpreted so as to make a person whose work serves...

August 20, 2014
Article type: Blog

“Five years ago, estimates suggested there was only a 25-year supply of natural gas remaining.  However, with the discovery of natural gas production from shale rock, the estimate is now at over 100 years supply of natural gas.”  MSU graduate Jeff Cook, president of Southwestern Oil Company of...