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Upcoming small business trainings in Flint

FLINT —The following are free training events sponsored by the I-69 Trade Corridor Region of the Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC). Workshops will be held at Oak Business Center, 2712 Saginaw Suite106. There is no fee for these trainings, but advance and separate registration for each individual is required.

“Starting a Business”, Feb. 7 from 1- 3:30 p.m. For more information and to register, go to: aspx?ekey=60380003

“Writing a Business Plan”, Feb. 21 from 1-3:30 p.m. For more information and to register, go to: aspx?ekey=60380004

MI-SBDC is a statewide organization funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), and through local host support – Kettering University for this regional center.

For more information, visit the MI-SBDC website at or call the I-69 Trade Corridor regional office in Flint: 810-762-9660. – R.S.

Dort Federal Credit Union partners with United Way for Service- In-A-Box

GRAND BLANC – Dort Federal Credit Union employees came together recently to help support good causes. Giving back to the community is not only a core principle at Dort Federal Credit Union, but also part of the culture. Employees and board members supported the United Way of Genesee County and their Service in a Box project. Dort Federal Credit Union believes that they have an obligation to help the community we live, work, and worship in.

Dort Federal Credit Union helped the United Way launch their Service in a Box project. Employees and board members made 27 Birthday Boxes for Whaley Children’s Hospital, 180 Sensory Calming Bottles for House of Esther, 27 quart sized bags of Laundry Soap for Catholic Charities of Genesee and Shiawassee Counties and 80 Dog Toys for The Humane Society of Genesee County and Flint City Pits.

“Giving back to the community is something we do year round, not just during the holidays” said Vick Hawkins CEO and President of Dort Federal Credit Union. “There is a positive impact that you get from experiences like this. Not only are we enriching the communities we live in but we are also engaging our employees in an experience that allows our team to become closer. Activities like this benefit the entire organization as it promotes team cohesion and stronger collaboration.” – G.G.

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