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Become an Advocate

You have a business to run, so the Government Relations team at SBAM constantly monitors issues affecting small business so you don’t have to.  SBAM also helps to give you and other small business owners a voice in the democratic process by connecting members with influential policymakers.

You can help protect your small business and help bolster Michigan’s entrepreneurs by getting involved today by joining SBAM’s Grassroots Network. Our commitment to you when you join is that we will track small business issues and cut through the noise, but as a member, we ask that you provide feedback and engage on those issues by contacting your legislators or joining us for important public policy discussion.

Become an SBAM Advocacy Champion

Grassroots Advocates

What you get access to as an SBAM Grassroots Advocate:

  • Weekly Public Policy Newsletter (Lansing Watchdog)
  • Timely notifications and Call-to-Actions regarding impactful public policy
  • A team of 4 Lobbyists
  • SBAM’s Policy Task Forces where you can help build SBAM’s platform

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The Tier System

As a small business owner you can truly influence public policy, and SBAM wants to help you do that. As you engage with legislators and become more involved in Michigan politics, we want to give you recognition. Not every small business owner has the calling to get involved, but the ones that do pave the way for all of Michigan’s small business success. Our Gold Tier advocates are true champions of small business and continue to lead our legislators toward making Michigan the best state to own a small business. In order to qualify to move to the next tier, one must qualify for the previous tier than complete one requirement of the successive tier. Check your Grassroots Level in your Profile Settings.

Gold Tier

  • Testify on SBAM’s behalf
  • Attend the National Small Business Association’s (NSBA) Washington Presentation
  • Donate at least $500 to the PAC
  • Chair a Task Force

Silver Tier

  • Contact a Legislator
  • Current or past Board Member
  • Serve on a Task Force
  • Serve on the Small Biz PAC Board
  • Donate at least $250 to the PAC

Bronze Tier

  • Donate to the PAC
  • Subscribe to the ‘Lansing Watchdog’
  • Serve on Leadership Council
  • Attend SBAM’s Annual Meeting

Subscribe to the Watchdog

Having issues keeping up with new laws and the ever-changing political landscape on a State and Federal level? Subscribe to the Small Business Association of Michigan’s Lansing Watchdog, the premier small business focused newsletter focused specifically on keeping small business owners in the know, and instantly become a member of SBAM’s Grassroots Network!

Use the button below to go to your profile settings and subscribe to the “Lansing Watchdog” e-newsletter.

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National Small Business Association

The Washington, D.C., based National Small Business Association (NSBA) is SBAM’s national affiliate. It was founded in 1937 to advocate for the interests of small businesses throughout the United States.

This group, which originally consisted of just 160 small businesses, now represents more than 150,000 small business owners. Several SBAM members have served on NSBA’s board of directors and in board leadership positions.

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