LANSING – The Small Business Association of Michigan conworked with Rep. Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Twp.) on creating a four-piece legislative package designed to give Michigan small businesses a leg up on state contracts while helping aspiring entrepreneurs get off the ground. 

While SBAM Executive Director Rob Fowler said details may need to be worked out on some of the concepts, he said he “applauds” the caucus for trying to help small businesses, which employs slightly more than 50 percent of the state’s workforce. 

“I give credit to Rep. Lasinski,” he said. “We had a terrific conversation from a policy standpoint. We give her a lot of credit. We’re not shy about what we stand for and what our agenda looks like and some of the elements from our task force agenda is in this.” 

He particularly mentioned HB 6237, sponsored by Rep. John Chirkun (D-Roseville), which gives a preference of up to 10 percent of the amount of the contract to a Michigan small business.

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