In brief

ABWA to meet Jan. 18

FLINT — The American Business Women’s Association Crossroad Connection Chapter of Grand Blanc, will meet Jan. 18, at 5:30 p.m. for networking, and 6 p.m. for a presentation, at Riverfront Center, 1 Riverfront Center West, Room 2321, Flint, the former Radisson Hotel.

Dr. Mark Perry, professor of Economics and Finance, School of Management, University of Michigan-Flint, will speak on “The Future of American Manufacturing and the U.S. Economy: Demise or Renaissance?”

There is no charge and all are welcome.

Contact Ann Hobson at 810-429-3981 for reservations or information. — G.G.

HealthPlus to cover more Nexteer employees

FLINT TWP. — Nexteer Automotive has selected HealthPlus of Michigan to provide health insurance coverage for more than 3,000 Nexteer salaried and hourly employees and their families.

HealthPlus currently covers Nexteer salaried employees in the Nexteer’s Saginaw-area facility.

“We are pleased that our existing relationship with Nexteer resulted in this opportunity to serve more Nexteer workers,” said HealthPlus President and CEO Bruce Hill. “We look forward to providing outstanding service to a total of more than 8,000 employees and dependents.”

Nexteer employees will be given the opportunity to choose a HealthPlus HMO or PPO health plan as part of the contract between the two organizations. Both plan designs will include access to comprehensive wellness and prevention tools and services to help members stay healthy and make well-informed health care decisions. — G.G.

Business Seminar set

FLINT — If you’ve been thinking about starting a business, or recently started one, you’re encouraged to attend a free “Fundamentals of Starting a Business” workshop offered by the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center.

Classes are offered periodically at Kettering University in Flint and the Lapeer campus of Mott Community College as well as other locations around the state.

This two-hour introductory seminar covers readiness to be in business, market research and making sure there is market potential for your product or service, detail on the steps and process of starting a business, and will provide information and tools to start writing a business plan.

The following classes are scheduled in Flint: Jan. 17, 9-11 a.m.; Feb. 2, 5-7 p.m.; Feb. 21, 9- 11 a.m.; March 8, 1-3 p.m.; and March 20, 9-11 a.m. The following are scheduled in Lapeer at MCC: Jan. 23, 9-11 a.m.; Feb. 13, 9-11 a.m.; and March 12, 9-11 a.m.

Online registration and workshop information is available at: training. Search the “Business Startup” topic and scroll through the schedule to find “Fundamentals of Starting a Business” in your preferred location.

Details: Call 810-762-9660. — G.G.

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