March 2, 2021
When Communities Unite, Everyone Wins

to make your reservation!

Reserve the Marquee for April-June 2021
in Downtown Ferndale at the crossroads of
Nine Mile Road and Woodward Avenue.


Details -

Payment must be received no later than 10 days before the requested week. If form and payment are not received, and there is a waiting list, the first business on the waiting list will be contacted. Checks for payment can be sent to our office 1938 Burdette Street, Suite 112, Ferndale, MI 48220 

Marquees are up for two weeks (up on Tuesday*/down the following Tuesday).

Marquee Guidelines
* $300 for 2 weeks for both sides of the marquee
* Six-times-per year posting limit 
* One-time-per month rental only

When emailing please enter information exactly as you wish it to appear on the Marquee (including spaces) 4 lines/16 spaces. Please add slashes between each line. 
Example: Join SOAR Now/248-542-2160/Network!

SCORE of SE Michigan's FREE workshops are supported by Fifth Third Bank. Check back often for a wide variety of topics and experts!
Thursday, Mar. 4 | 11:30 a.m.
(Zoom Webinar)
Delegating responsibility, authority, and accountability; SMART Goals; types of measurement; and the Balanced Scorecard.
PODCAST Ep. 21.5, with Doug Pettigrew
Is a small business too small to worry about cybersecurity? Doug Pettigrew of Electronic Brain Solutions joins the podcast to discuss the importance of “Good Data Hygiene.”
HR issues, workplace guidance, customer relations, vaccination policies and providing safe environments. With so much complexity, employers have questions. We provide answers in this new downloadable resource guide.
Other Valuable RESOURCES
Keep track of all local workshops, national webinars and recorded content viewable on-demand:

How to Boost Employee Well-Being in an Age of Uncertainty
When priority is placed on well-being initiatives in an organization, better outcomes are achieved in a variety of areas, including employee experience, retention, performance, and engagement. They also have improved safety records, lower medical costs, and fewer disability claims.
SBAM Legislative Agenda
Elected officials often refer to small business as the backbone of our economy, and we agree. We have developed this proactive policy agenda to give direction and insight from Michigan's small business owners. This agenda is the culmination of years of work by multiple volunteer-led task forces in a wide variety of areas including entrepreneurship, talent, procurement, immigration, tax policy, and much more.
When The Going Gets Tough, Business Owners Step Up
Corporate wellness, while always an important part of the workplace experience, has recently become crucial to maintaining high employee morale. Nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more employees are counting on wellness programs to help them cope with the everyday stresses that life offers, and, in turn, more and more organizations are stepping up to the plate.
Employee Retention Tax Credit Overview
The second relief bill, passed at the end of 2020, contains updates to the employee retention credit, a refundable payroll tax credit. Each option has its own rules and regulations for first- and second-round funding. The act changes some requirements for the ERC — retroactively and prospectively — giving businesses more options to claim it.
Want a quicker ROI on your DX initiatives? Spend money on employee training
There are many items to check off the list when it comes to ensuring a smooth digital transformation (DX) for your business. However, employee training doesn’t often make the cut. If you want to see a quicker ROI from your DX initiatives, it’s crucial to allocate a portion of the budget to continuous learning.
More than 300 Michigan small businesses awarded grants to winterize operations, add capacity
To help winterize workplaces and temporarily expand operations to meet COVID-19 distancing requirements, 331 Michigan small businesses were awarded grants by the Small Business Association of Michigan through a program created and funded by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO).​
On today's show of The Small Business Briefing, hosts Rob Fowler and Brian Calley will cover:
➡ The latest COVID and vaccination numbers for #DataMonday
➡ CPA Jamie Lopiccolo will be on to talk PPP and Employee Retention Tax Credit
➡ Details on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine
Thank you to our sponsor HealthScreen and HealthyVisitor. Visit for details.
Out of $203 million in payments embezzlers have been ordered to pay in restitution over the last decade, close to 86% remains overdue (source: State Court Administrative Office). This week’s “Focus on Business” explores the lasting ramifications of embezzlement and how to avoid falling victim to this crime that is particularly common among small businesses.
Thank you to our guests from Maner Costerisan, Pollicella Tompkins PLLC, and Capital Insurance Services.
Tune in to “Focus on Business” this Sunday at 11:30 a.m. on WLAJ, or you can catch the episode here after the show airs.
Ladies of the Lights
Ferndale Library Hosts Virtual History Presentation
Thursday, March 25 @ 7pm
Sign up Link: 

Learn About Michigan’s History of Women Lighthouse Keepers with “Ladies of the Lights”:
Ferndale Library Hosts Virtual Presentation on March 25

For Women’s History Month, the Ferndale Library will be hosting a virtual presentation sharing the stories of the women who tended the beacons along Michigan’s shorelines since 1840.