Business Briefs

“Boots for Kids” program runs through Jan. 31

— Health Alliance Plan (HAP) is once again collecting winter boots to prevent hundreds of local children from facing a bitter cold winter without a warm pair of boots to protect their feet.

With designated collection sites in Bay City, Flint, Grand Blanc, Lapeer, Linden, Marysville, Port Huron and Saginaw, HAP hopes to collect 500 pairs of boots for children of all ages served by Carriage Town Ministries of Flint, City Rescue Michigan of Saginaw, Love INC of Greater Lapeer and Pathway Shelter of Port Huron.

A list of drop-off locations is available at or, stop by HAP’s Flint office, located at 1397 S. Linden Rd., Suite C between 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday though Friday.

Businesses or individuals interested in becoming Boots for Kids community partners may contact Anita Moliterno at 810-230-7404. — G.G.

Local ski areas partner with McDonald’s

— Michigan McDonald’s and 25 ski areas across the state have teamed up to offer Discover Michigan Skiing & Snowboarding. The program includes a beginner lesson, ski or snowboard rental equipment and a beginner-area ski lift pass or cross-country trail pass. The program, which will be honored from Jan. 4-31, is $30 for downhill skiing, $20 for cross-country skiing and $40 for snowboarding.

To sign up, interested beginners must have a Discover Michigan Skiing & Snowboarding Value Voucher, available at participating Michigan McDonald’s restaurants and MSIA retail ski stores while quantities last. A printable voucher, and a list of ski facilities that offer the program, is also available online at Mt. Holly in Groveland Township and Pine Knob Resort in Clarkston are among the resorts participating. —


New technology business come to Flint

— There’s a new technology company open for business in downtown Flint. Recently settled into Suite 701 of the Northbank Center, 432 N. Saginaw Street, Mobiusoft, LLC offers specialized software technologies for the health industry and has solved a long-standing medical information exchange problem in which individual patient records are scattered among physicians, pharmacists, and healthcare teams, making it impossible for quality coordination of care and increasing the likelihood of duplicating costly medical services.

Mobiusoft, LLC has designed a leading-edge internet based health/medical records (EHR) system that is fully integrated with a Health Information Exchange (HIE). It provides safe, reliable, coordinated and secure sharing of patient information between healthcare providers; it allows patients full-view access to their own medical records; and it provides for electronic communications between patients and their health care providers.

Although primarily marketed to healthcare providers, Mobiusoft, LLC will be holding community demonstrations in early 2011 so individuals can see first-hand the consumer/patient functions of this system, including privacy management, electronic communications for appointment and prescription refill requests, test results view, immunization history, current medications, referrals, past and future medical appointments, and more.

Details: Call 810-875-9778. — G.G.

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