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Calley from SBAM to Present at Lunch & Learn

Bob Hendrickson, executive director, GINCC

ISHPEMING — In partnership with the Lake Superior Community Partnership the GINCC will be hosting a membership-based Lunch and Learn with the Small Business Association of Michigan. The presentation will be on Wednesday, Sept. 14 from noon -1 p.m. in the Founders Room at NMU’s Northern Center on campus.

Brian Calley the President and CEO of the Small Business Association of Michigan will be the presenter. Brian will discuss the current small business climate in Michigan, advocacy efforts in Lansing and how the Strategic Partnership between the Small Business Association of Michigan, Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce and the Lake Superior Community Partnership aligns with each other to make communities stronger and more vibrant for those that choose to call Michigan home.

Calley serves as a director of a community bank and Trustee of Oakland University. He sits on various boards, including Special Olympics Michigan, Sparrow Health System, Disability Rights Michigan, and the Autism Alliance of Michigan.

Calley was Michigan’s Lieutenant Governor from 2011-2018. Prior to that, Calley served in the Michigan House of Representatives, on the Ionia County Commission, and worked over a decade in community banking. He holds a BA from Michigan State University, an MBA from Grand Valley State University, and an MPA from Harvard University.

The GINCC and LSCP are Strategic Partners with SBAM and organization members of both automatically get a premium membership with SBAM which is a $249 value.

With this additional membership, business and organizations get access to: free HR and legal information through ‘Ask an Expert’, employee handbook creation, pre-employment screening services, special discounts on labor law workplace posters, ERISA & ACA compliance services, IT management services, Blue Cross® and Blue Shield ® of Michigan and Blue Care Network small group health plans, Dearborn Group® life and disability coverage, Section 125, HRA and HSA administration from Kushner & Company, COBRA administration and more.

Cost of the luncheon is only $10 with a sandwich/soup buffet (vegetarian option will be available). To register go to: https://business.marquette.org/events, scroll down and click on Small Business Association of Michigan, Sept.14.

To learn more about the GINCC, visit our website at www.gincc.org, give us a call or stop in. Office hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m,. Monday through Friday. We are at times out of office on chamber business. Please call ahead to confirm a visit, 906-486-1111.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Bob Hendrickson is the executive director of the GINCC. He currently resides in Negaunee with his wife, Laura, and daughter, Sierra. He enjoys mountain biking, skiing, fishing and hunting along with family time.


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