Detroit Today: Brian Calley talks Michigan small businesses

The former lieutenant governor for Michigan has transitioned into the world of entrepreneurship, now working with Detroit Regional Chambers.

Brian Calley at the 2023 Mackinac Policy Conference

Brian Calley talks to Stephen Henderson on Detroit Today at the 2023 Mackinac Policy Conference

Each year in Michigan, political, business and philanthropic leaders gather on Mackinac Island for the Mackinac Policy Conference, an even that represents the largest collection of folks driving policy in the state.

In this conversation, Detroit Today host Stephen Henderson sits down with Brian Calley — the former lieutenant governor for Michigan and current CEO of the Small Business Association of Michigan.

Listen: Why so many new small businesses have cropped up in the state.


Brian Calley says his political career may be over, and that he really enjoys working with small businesses and helping to develop their work.

“We do see more start-up activity and more small businesses surviving into maturity than we have in the past,” says Calley.

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