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Mark Sanchez

Mark Sanchez

Senior Writer

msanchez@mibiz.com

A new nonprofit organization intends to advocate to a broader audience on issues affecting small businesses in Michigan.

George Zimmermann steps down this week as head of Travel Michigan, ending more than 12 years as the chief promoter for the state’s $15 billion tourism industry that’s identified with the “Pure Michigan” branding and promotional campaign.

The massive security breaches that compromised credit and debit card data for millions of holiday shoppers across the U.S. last year prompted a push for improving payment systems and tightening regulations.

Tom Edmonds is not against crowdfunding as a tool to make equity investments in small businesses. He just worries that it could lead to more people getting scammed.

The U.S. Small Business Administration wants to encourage more lending activity under its programs by continuing to waive certain fees for another year.

After lawmakers reworked their repeal of Michigan’s personal property tax law to remove one potential source of opposition, tax reform proponents have now turned their focus to passing an August ballot proposal that’s required to make the changes stick.

Bronson Methodist Hospital’s opening of a new walk-in medical clinic at the Meijer Inc. store in Portage brings a growing health care trend to West Michigan, one that’s altering how patients access care.

Advocates of using crowdfunding to raise capital for small businesses are preparing to get the word out on how the practice works now that it has been legalized in Michigan.

As if employers didn’t have enough headaches in managing their employees’ health benefits, now they face an emerging trend that carries an enormous price tag: the growing number of specialty drugs to treat complex medical conditions.

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