Chamber News & Blog

July 28, 2014
Article type: Blog

HR departments and employers can prepare for the onrush of applications and communication from college graduates by following these tips:

  1. Recognize that entry-level resumes are different: Lacking direct work experience in your industry, it is easy to overlook the...
July 24, 2014
Article type: Blog

Last time we discussed the fact that since the Great Recession, commercial banks have become asset-based lenders. This is a negative development to the business seller since most business sales require a buyer to pay a premium over asset value. Sellers correctly expect to be compensated in the...

July 24, 2014
Article type: Blog

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced its endorsement of State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) in his bid for re-election to the State House. Rep. Kivela is the former mayor of Marquette and serves on the House committees for Tourism, Criminal Justice and Natural Resources....

July 24, 2014
Article type: Blog

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced its endorsement of State Representative Marilyn Lane (D-Fraser) in her bid for re-election to the State House. Rep. Lane is the Minority Vice-Chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and has been a vocal leader in the...

July 22, 2014
Article type: Blog

With all of the hullabaloo of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it can be easy to forget about HIPAA and COBRA. With recent changes, more enforcement and larger penalties, letting ACA eclipse HIPAA and COBRA can be a costly mistake to make. After years of experience, people often forget how...

July 18, 2014
Article type: Blog

The Internal Revenue Service has issued final regulations on the tax credit available to certain small employers that offer health insurance coverage to their employees under the Affordable Care Act.

As under the original law, the final regulations in TD 9672 define an eligible small...

July 16, 2014
Article type: Blog

Whether you own or lease your building, you typically need lighting, heating, air conditioning, power for office equipment, and other services to stay in business. This guide “Tips for Energy Efficiency” by the U.S. Small Business...

July 16, 2014
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today released its 2013-2014 Legislative Voting Record – A Competitiveness Scorecard for Michigan. The purpose of this document is to provide the business community and other interested parties with a measure of how current members of the Michigan...

July 10, 2014
Article type: Blog

Accepting mobile payments is a great way to boost your business’s success while you’re out and about in the community. Letting customers pay on the spot with a smartphone means your phone now does double duty as a point of sale device. With most providers, getting an app and a swipe device is...

July 9, 2014
Article type: Blog

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water – the IRS bites. Its recent ruling on dumping employees into the public health exchanges has many employers scratching their heads and asking “hmmm, isn’t the...