Small-Business Group Gets Members Energy Efficient With New Program

The Small Business Association of Michigan is launching a new program to help its members make sense of energy programs that could help them save money and conserve power.

Clearly, there’s a whole lot of talk these days around energy consumption and the environment. The problem is, these kinds of issues, which are sometimes complex, aren’t often front-of-mind for small businesses.

That means any benefits from rejiggering a company’s energy use could be lost on those businesses. It can be a lot to parse, obviously—and it presents an opportunity for an association to help out.

That’s where a new program from the Small Business Association of Michigan comes into play. Working with two of the state’s most prominent energy companies, SBAM has launched a new service for its members, SBAM Energy Solutions.

The idea behind the service, says the association, is to use its resources to take the guesswork out of offerings from Consumers Energy and DTE Energy, with the goal of helping members save money and energy. Members will have the chance to work with as many as three specialists on options that could be best for their business.

“Rather than dedicate their own time to researching energy resources, small businesses can cut straight to the mustard and connect with SBAM specialists on a one-to-one basis,” a Triple Pundit article, discussing DTE Energy’s role in the project, recently explained.

SBAM saw success for its members from a small pilot, and sees a lot of potential for the project moving forward.

“We’re Michigan’s only business organization with full-time, dedicated employees devoted to helping entrepreneurs manage energy needs, and SBAM Energy Solutions provides members with easy access to simple solutions,” SBAM President and CEO Rob Fowler said in a news release.


Ernie Smith

By Ernie Smith

Ernie Smith is a former senior editor for Associations Now. MORE

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