Small Businesses Getting Help From Governor Whitmer – WSYM

LANSING, Mich. ‘ Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed an executive directive that’s designed to help expand opportunities for certain small businesses and those businesses facing economic challenges.

The Democrat’s office says that with the directive signed Friday the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget must work with other state departments, agencies and organizations representing small businesses to identify and reduce barriers for those businesses. It seeks to boost purchases from them and reach more contracts with them.

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The directive targets Michigan’s so-called opportunity zones, or communities that have been cut off from capital and have experienced a lack of business growth.

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Whitmer signs executive directive expanding opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signs Executive Directive 2019-1 on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Lansing, Mich.’

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Directive 2019-8 to help expand opportunities for businesses in Michigan’s opportunity zones, or communities that have been cut off from capital and have experienced a lack of business growth. Under the executive directive, the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget (DTMB) must work with other state departments, agencies, and organizations representing small businesses to identify and reduce barriers for geographically-disadvantaged businesses by increasing purchases from and contracts with them.

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2019 in Michigan, Metro Detroit: What to expect

Many questions will likely be answered: Will Detroit finally show population gain? How will the new governor’fix “the damn’roads?”

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The new year’appears to be more of a transition period,’as progress continues on major developments downtown.

There isn’t a glitzy arena opening or a skyscraper near completion. Motorists traveling over the Detroit River will still have to look to the Ambassador Bridge as the Gordie Howe International Bridge begins to take shape.

For change, head west to Lansing, where a Democratic governor, attorney general and secretary of state take power. All eyes will be on’Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her work with the Republican-controlled Legislature.

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Calley takes job at Small Business Association of Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) (1/2/2019) – Former Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is joining the Small Business Association of Michigan, where he will serve as president and lead the group’s lobbying and communications efforts.

The announcement was made Wednesday, a day after the Republican left office under term limits. Current SBAM President and CEO Rob Fowler will remain the Lansing-based organization’s CEO.

Calley, who lost his campaign to succeed Rick Snyder as governor, says in a statement that he is “thrilled” to advocate for the men and women who open and operate small businesses.

Fowler says Calley has a long and accomplished record advocating for small businesses. The 41-year-old former state lawmaker and banker from Portland helped craft two major changes in business taxes as lieutenant governor.

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