Michigan Governor Proposes Tax Increase on Small Businesses

Dan Papineau - Michigan Chamber / April 18, 2019

We are sorry to report in her first budget presentation last week, Governor Whitmer proposed a 41% tax increase on small businesses known as “pass-throughs” to pay for an unfair tax break for retired government employees. A pass-through is a business that does not pay corporate income tax, and includes entities like sole proprietorships, partnerships, […]

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Twitter Imposes A Daily Followers Limit…And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

Gene Marks - Forbes / April 15, 2019

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them? 1 — Twitter introduces new daily follow limit in bid to curb spamming. Due to the scrutiny it’s under over how it handles automated bots and human trolls, Twitter has announced a new policy […]

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Interested in Starting a Small Business?

April 12, 2019

If you have ever thought about starting a small business check out the U.S. Small Business Administration’s upcoming event “Starting a Small Business” on April 16th at the Small Business Development Center on the campus of Lansing Community College. This seminar helps entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company and to evaluate […]

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How Can Technology Help Small Businesses? Think: ‘Cash Flow.’

Laura Goldberg - Kabbage / April 5, 2019

You don’t have to be a meteorologist to know that at some point bad weather will hit your startup. As with most things in life, preparation is essential, and entrepreneurship is no different. Kabbage recently polled 500 successful entrepreneurs across various industries, from restaurant owners to professional services, about one of the biggest obstacles that […]

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Why Outsource Pre-Employment Background Screening?

Ricky Rayborn - Laborchex / April 2, 2019

Wouldn’t it be faster and cheaper to perform background checks in-house, rather than outsourcing them? Since Human Resource Professional (HRP) are use to controlling every other aspect of the hiring process – from developing job descriptions, posting the job, recruiting that person, and actually conducting interviews – such an idea is can be very tempting. […]

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5 Essential LinkedIn Strategies for Small Businesses

Melonie Dodaro - Social Media Today / March 27, 2019

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry once said, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” This concept holds true, especially in business, and as a small B2B business owner, you need to be clear not only on your goals but also about the way you plan to achieve them. That means having a plan, and to successfully […]

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Uh Oh! Small Business Optimism Fading, Report Finds

Michael Guta - Small Business Trends / March 22, 2019

The ebb and flow of the economy and its cyclical nature means there will be good and bad times. With such a strong economy in the last couple of years, it was inevitable the record-high small business optimism would eventually start fading. According to the latest Paychex Business Sentiment Report, business owners’ optimism has gone […]

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How Small Businesses Can Master The Art Of Selling On Amazon

Serenity Gibbons - Forbes / March 20, 2019

Everyone knows Amazon is killing America’s small businesses — right? Believe it or not, many small business leaders say just the opposite. When commercial insurer Insureon and business directory Manta studied the subject, they found that 81 percent of small businesses experienced “significant” or “moderate” revenue growth when they started selling online. Just how many […]

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SBA Webinar: Introduction to Franchising

March 18, 2019

This self-paced training exercise presents an overview of franchising, as well as how to determine if franchising is right for you, and how to choose the right one. Topics include defining franchising, pros and cons of owning a franchise, and how to determine if franchising is right for you. View the webinar here:  https://www.sba.gov/course/introduction-franchising/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery#course-content  

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Proposed Tax Increase on Small Businesses

March 7, 2019

Governor Whitmer’s budget calls for a 41% tax increase on small businesses to pay for an unfair tax break for retired government employees. The Michigan Chamber strongly opposes this tax increase and will work to stop it.

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