Pandemic, health of small business top of mind for SBAM’s Calley

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Small Business Association of Michigan: After serving as Michigan’s lieutenant governor under Gov. Rick Snyder from 2011 to 2019, Detroit native Brian Calley joined the Small Business Association of Michigan as president because of the organization’s reputation and a mission that inspires him every day. Calley, 43, began his career as a banker and says his professional life and career have always intertwined with small businesses. The small business landscape has been hit hard by the pandemic.

Prior to joining SBAM, you served as Michigan’s lieutenant governor. How did you come to join SBAM?(Small business) is in my blood. After leaving office there are a number of directions I considered going. SBAM gives me the opportunity to be very engaged in the public policy arena, without the political environment dominating every waking moment of my life. It is a 51-year-old organization with an A-plus team behind it.What exactly does SBAM do for small businesses?SBAM provides extensive services to small businesses of all types. We have over 28,000 members and continue to grow. Our core services include best practice and compliance education, group purchasing, state and federal advocacy, political candidate vetting and endorsements, energy efficiency services, association management and lobbying, and COBRA …

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