Chamber News & Blog

August 31, 2017
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As I began my first residencies for my PhD program, I learned that many of my cohorts are teachers of either college or in K-12 and have an artistic background. Yet as I sat next to a cohort at our final farewell dinner in Venice – closing out our...
August 23, 2017
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August 17, 2017
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August 15, 2017
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When most people think about branding, Human Resources is not something that naturally comes to mind. Instead, you think of slick advertising campaigns and instantly identifiable logos that inherently promise value,...

August 8, 2017
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Consider the following scenario: You hire someone who seemed great on paper and interviewed perfectly and you’re thinking, “This person is really...

August 4, 2017
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One of your direct reports wants more money. He says he’s underpaid. Or he thinks he’s doing work above his current title. Whether or...

August 1, 2017
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In my Marketing classes, when I discuss knowing the demographics for the product you are developing - I invariably mention the Millennial generation.

I even showed a video of a guy from Detroit singing four-part harmony about “man buns” and eco-friendly Millennials wanting to “save the...

July 27, 2017
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An individual’s transgendered status is not yet a “protected characteristic” like race, national origin, or religion under federal or Michigan law. However, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission,...

July 19, 2017
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Investing in business technology is often a smart move, but should employee cell phone plans be a part of it? Modern service businesses rely heavily on mobile technology for dispatching, invoicing, and communication,...

July 18, 2017
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In an era when it seems that anything goes, can an employee get away with using obscenities against his or her boss? What if the employer learns of an employee’s Facebook post attacking a...

July 11, 2017
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Many clients who are putting together their first background screening program ask us the same questions:

  1. Can I do a background c...
July 7, 2017
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If you’re a sole proprietor with no employees and very little business overhead, what you pay yourself is pretty much what you earn in sales minus your costs and taxes. But what happens when your business grows, or you...

July 6, 2017
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Academics and Corporate go hand-in-hand. And yet, they are not holding hands.

After leaving the corporate world, I was surprised by the academic process. In some colleges, I was given...

June 29, 2017
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The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today issued the following statement in response to an independent report released by the State of Michigan on Line 5, an important part of Michigan’s energy infrastructure.   

“The Michigan...

June 28, 2017
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Once your business broker has completed the...

June 27, 2017
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Legislation that started out as a meaningful improvement to the State Tax Tribunal took a dramatic turn for the worse in the House Tax Policy Committee last month, switching the Michigan Chamber’s position from support to oppose. Working with House leadership, we are pleased to report...

June 21, 2017
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When summer’s back in swing, it’s the perfect time to make sure your building is operating efficiently. These straightforward measures have the potential to save significant amounts of energy, leaving you with more money for your business while maintaining or improving occupant comfort.

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June 20, 2017
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Here are ten steps for successfully becoming an international exporter. Once you are successfully exporting into one market, apply that to another new market, like adjacent countries or those with similar characteristics. Once you have a good understanding of what it takes to become successful,...

June 14, 2017
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Some studies have counted over 124 different religions practiced in the United States and these religions range from only 10 adherents to tens of millions.  When responding to requests for accommodation for religious practices, though, the size of the religion is irrelevant. The wrong answer to...

June 12, 2017
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Legislation is moving through the State Senate that would prohibit local units of government from passing laws to restrict what private sector employers can ask in the interview process. This legislation is being pursued after several large cities, including Philadelphia and New York...

June 8, 2017
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Exporting is a privilege, not a right. Before you begin exporting you have to know where your product or service stands in terms of export controls.

The U.S. controls exports of...

June 7, 2017
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When someone around us loses their temper, our natural defensive tendency is to match their intensity and also become offensive. This response usually only serves to pour gasoline onto the fire. Although counter-intuitive, a calm, measured response can de-escalate the situation.

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June 6, 2017
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Here are some general tips to help you understand some of the basics about job applications, interviewing, and background checks. The goal is to hire the best people and to minimize risks. By no means does the following cover everything you need to know, but this will get you thinking and...

June 5, 2017
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The Michigan Chamber has been contacted by MIOSHA about proposed changes to the workplace blood levels for lead. MIOSHA plans to initiate a process to modify the occupational lead standards for general industry and construction this summer and is soliciting feedback from the Michigan...

June 5, 2017
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Those who trade in an old car or recreation vehicle for a new one will pay less sales tax under four bills being taken up in the House Tax Policy Committee and supported by the Michigan Chamber. Michigan is only one of a few states that does not recognize the value of a trade-in when...