5 Tips: Recruiting

Retailers are looking for employees who can help create gratifying experiences for customers. In a tight labor market, how do you find them?

1. Never stop
Don’t wait until you need to start looking for your next hire.

Social shopping: The secret behind millennial retail success


Rachel Nisch is like many millennial retailers, she is finding a new way to reach customers her own age and keep them coming back.

The 31-year-old is buying Graye’s Greenhouse in the Detroit suburb of Plymouth,

Election recap: Michigan’s still a purple state

Michigan’s still a purple state

It’s official, Michigan voters shifted the political landscape in the state from a reddish-purple to a darker blue purple last night. Democrats won big in statewide races but failed to flip control of the legislature.

New MSU incubator helps food entrepreneurs get products onto store shelves


OKEMOS – A Michigan State University accelerator for taking new food products to market could be a game changer for businesses ranging from Slows Bar BQ in Detroit to a Michigan startup called Burgers Unlimited in Fenton.

Wahmhoff Farms Nursery: In his own words

Christmas comes year-round at Wahmhoff Farms Nursery located in Gobles, west of Kalamazoo. The holiday is strategically planned years in advance. Owners Dan and Ken, along with siblings Betsy and Tom,

Retailers felt the cold temperatures in Sept.

As the temperatures cooled, September retail sales dipped a bit as well, but the picture is still positive year-over-year, according to the monthly Retail Index survey that Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) conducts in cooperation with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Detroit branch.

What if a patron claims you’ve violated her religious beliefs?

It’s a cloudy morning in Lansing, and as usual, I’ve arrived before dawn. The coffee has started to work and I’m knee deep in research. A colleague strolls into my office and wants to know why I’ve got a pentagram splashed across my computer screen.

Renewing your group health plan in January? Take advantage of MRA’s Private Insurance Exchange

The MRA Private Insurance Exchange not only gives you a venue where you can select the best plans to offer your employees, it provides benefit management technology that is usually available only to large employers.

How your data can be breached: Let us count the ways


Recently, Facebook announced that they had discovered a possible data breach and that 50 million Facebook users were being forced to re-enter their passwords to prove they were the “real” user.

Fall Musings

MRA President and Chief Executive Officer

Joined by almost every major business association in the state, Michigan Retailers announced its endorsement of Attorney General Bill Schuette for Governor and Lisa Posthumus Lyons for Lt.