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Small businesses fill 10K jobs

August 31, 2012
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Since January, small businesses across Michigan have filled close to 10,000 jobs, according to the Michigan’s Small Business Jobs Insight project, which is designed to tally and report the growing number of small business jobs being filled in regions and industries across the state. The project is a cooperative effort of the Small Business Association of Michigan, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and Issue Media Group.

“I believe that these thousands of small business jobs highlight how small business owners are responding to the incentives created in 2012 by business tax reform and improvements in the Michigan regulatory climate,” said SBAM President and CEO Rob Fowler. “All job growth is positive, but jobs filled at small businesses are especially beneficial because they are more sustainable, they represent from-the-ground-up economic recovery and they support community prosperity across the state.”

The project can be monitored at

“Small businesses comprise more than 80 percent of our chamber membership and many report back to us that they’re growing, hiring, or looking to find the right talent,” said Rick Baker, president and CEO of the GRACC. “We’re focused on helping these employers attract and retain the talent that drives their business forward. We’re pleased that the Michigan Jobs Insight website is helping us showcase the growth taking place in West Michigan.”

The key elements of include:

  • A ticker that displays jobs reported by growing small businesses in the current month.
  • A pie chart that shows the percentage per Michigan region of the total jobs reported per month.
  • Total jobs reported for the year to-date.
  • The top 10 industries for small business growth.
  • Links to individual stories of regional small business job growth.

The website is not a scientific count of every job filled in the small business community. “If anything, these totals under-report the employment growth story going on across West Michigan and the rest of the state,” Fowler said. “I’m impressed by the breadth of the growth across so many industry sectors, from hospitality to IT to retail.”

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