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SBAM Foundation

About the Foundation

The SBAM Foundation focuses on:

  • Research, publications, content development, and programming in connection with entrepreneurship
  • Training, education, and support services for small businesses in Michigan particularly those belonging to marginalized and economically challenged communities
  • In depth analysis of the entrepreneurial environment in Michigan via the Michigan Entrepreneurship Score Card

Michigan Entrepreneurship Score Card

When the Score Card was first conceived 19 years ago, Michigan was in the midst of a long-term economic slowdown. The Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) set an ambitious goal to start the long and difficult climb of becoming a “Top Ten” state for entrepreneurs. But to get there, we had to understand how Michigan performed against other states in a variety of areas.

At the time, SBAM had no ready reference with which to know how well its entrepreneurial economy was doing; no comprehensive data reference to determine progress. So, we set about to design and publish annual progress. The resultant Score Card is now recognized nationally as one of the most complete assessments of a state’s ‘state of small business and entrepreneurship’.

Download the 2023 Score Card

Foundation Supported Events

SBAM Annual Golf Outing

Join us as we return to the Medalist Golf Course in Marshall on Thursday, September 14, 2023!
Registration provides continental breakfast, range balls for practice, lunch at the turn, a drink ticket, and appetizers during the awards ceremony!
Your participation will go towards aiding the SBAM Foundation in its mission to bolster Michigan’s thriving entrepreneurial economy.
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7th Annual MI Hidden Talent Workshop

The workshop is a one-day training seminar for business owners/leaders and HR professionals, providing tools and insights needed that will help companies hire Michiganders with disabilities.

MI Hidden Talent was created in 2015 by then Lt. Governor Brian Calley and Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein.

2023 Event Recap
David Rhoa, Executive Director of the SBAM Foundation

David Rhoa | SBAM Foundation Executive Director