WARREN, Mich., May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the state's business climate improving, coupled with the fact that businesses need help in navigating national health care reform that takes effect January 1, 2014, the reach of the Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA) has grown to a statewide sphere of influence that no other organization of its kind can claim with an expanse of programs and community initiatives that impact more than 150,000 businesses, according to CEO Jennifer Kluge.
In late 2012, University of Michigan economists said they expected more job growth in Michigan in 2013, led by manufacturing and the trade, transportation and utilities sectors. And with a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation showing that 40 percent of the public does not know that President Obama's health care law remains on the books and is being implemented, it's clear that the state's businesses have a lot on their plate and are reaching out to the MBPA for assistance.
"Based on a recent study of our programs, services and community involvement, we determined that our association efforts positively influence approximately one out of every three businesses in the state," said Kluge. "We see that business is improving here and positively affecting our members, but we also know that many of them need help implementing health care reform in their companies."
She explained that the organization touches thousands of business leaders and professionals through more than 30 educational workshops and conferences, 100 business programs and involvement in 40 community-based boards. Among its better known offerings are: the 101 Best and Brightest series, the annual Women & Leadership conference, Health Care Reform Connect™ resource for information about business implementation of the Affordable Care Act and Metro Detroit Youth Day.
"Since its founding in 1987, MBPA has historically been one of the fastest growing business associations in the Midwest by focusing on providing services, education, advocacy and business solutions and we are happy to know that our ability to positively influence business conditions across the state continues to expand," Kluge concluded.
The Michigan Business and Professional Association boasts a statewide sphere of influence that no other organization of its kind can claim, leveraging a depth of programs and community initiatives that positively impact more than 150,000 businesses. Learn more at www.michbusiness.org.
SOURCE Michigan Business and Professional Association