Business Briefs

Index names drawing winner

DAVISON — Cindy Marko of Davison is the winner in the Davison Index’s drawing at the Davison Community Expo, March 5. Marko wins a golf package from the Metamora Country Club. She has 30 days to claim her prize. — G.G.

Gas prices still on the rise

GENESEE COUNTY — Average retail gasoline prices in Michigan have risen 5.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.56 per gallon. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.53 per gallon, according to gasoline price website Including the change in gas prices in Michigan during the past week, prices recently were 83.2 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 46.0 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 40.5 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 74.5 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.— G.G.

GRCC to hold annual meeting

FLINT — The Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce 2011 Annual Meeting will be held March 23, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Riverfront Banquet Center in downtown Flint.

 Lunch will be served. Members of the Regional Chamber and general public are invited to attend at no charge.

 Seating is limited — RSVP is required. RSVP at 810-600-1422 or

Tim Herman, Regional Chamber CEO, will deliver a presentation on 2010 Regional Chamber accomplishments, and the 2011 goals and objectives.

Greg J. Giornelli, President and Chief Operating Officer of Purpose Built Communities (PBC), will give the keynote address on “Neighborhood Transformation through Community Collaboration.” — G.G.

Cars for tax deductions

GENESEE COUNTY — If you have an extra car and are looking for a way to reduce your income taxes, here is one recommendation. You will get a tax deduction of $500 or more when you donate car to charity. Sadly, many charities will only let you donate car that is running, is in decent shape or is less than 10 years old.

Cars4Charities does not care what condition your car is in; they will gratefully accept it no matter what shape it is in, how old it is or if it does not run. They only require you have a title free of liens for your vehicle or some other proof you are the owner, your car is not stripped of any parts, the tires on your car are not flat, and it is parked in a place where a tow truck can easily get to it. Cars4Charities will pick up your car donation fast and free, too.

In return for your charitable contribution, you will receive a tax deduction of $500 or what Cars4Charities is able to sell your car donation for, whichever amount is greater. They will also provide you with all the forms you will need to file with your taxes so you can claim your valuable tax deduction.

Cars4Charities also lets you donate car at your leisure online through their website, Donated car go to any of hundreds of deserving charities at Cars4Charities, including many local food banks, homeless shelters, hospices, etc.

To donate got to or call 1- 866-448-3487. — G.G.

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