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I-69 Thumb Region issues RFP for connecting workers to jobs

FLINT — To build on the success of last week’s talent forum, the I-69 Thumb Region is now seeking proposals for ways to improve the regional workforce supply in 2018 and beyond. Specifically, the Request for Proposals (RFP) should address one of two key areas discussed at the Jan. 24 forum:

Underemployment – Assist residents working part-time and/or at low wages with strategies to advance into higher paying, fulltime jobs with benefits.

Retirement/Succession Planning – Help employers manage an aging workforce, plan for succession, and encourage apprenticeships and other job skills training that utilizes the expertise of those approaching retirement.

A $38,000 grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. will be used by the partnership to fund the winning proposals. Proposals are due by noon on Feb. 13 via email to the attention of Janice Karcher, Senior Vice President – Economic Development,, Phone 810-600-1429. or visit uploads/2018/01/Talent-Forum-RFPFINAL 013018.pdf — R.S.

Before hiring a financial advisor check out this new online tool

LANSING — Consumers are encouraged to check out a new online guide that walks through questions that should be asked before hiring a financial advisor. Interview an Advisor, is a free tool launched recently by AARP and the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), of which Michigan’s LARA’s Corporations, Securities and Commercial Licensing Bureau (CSCL) is a member. NASAA is the voice of state securities agencies responsible for efficient capital formation and grass-roots investor protection. Many people don’t know where to start or what to ask when selecting a financial advisor. Interview an Advisor helps take the guesswork out of the process by providing a sample script and questions. Consumers can learn what to ask to about an advisor’s experience, licensure, and education; services and products offered; compensation; and standard of care, that is, whether an advisor is required to act as a fiduciary who is “obligated to act in the investor’s best interest.” Before entering into an investment, Michigan consumers are encouraged to contact CSCL and the bureau can run a registration check on any investment adviser, broker-dealer, professional, or product. CSCL can be reached at 517-241-6345 or online at:

AARP membership is not required to use Interview an Advisor. The app-like tool is optimized for mobile use, and can run on any smartphone, table device or computer. — R.S.

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