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Sybyl Award marks 10th anniversary, plans “Sunset” Celebration

GENESEE COUNTY — The Sybyl Award Selection Committee has announced the 10th anniversary – and final installment – of the annual Sybyl Award.

Since 2008, the Sybyl Award has recognized nominees and recipients from Genesee County who exhibit the qualities of the Award’s namesake, Sybyl McPeake Atwood. Atwood was regarded by many as the “grand dame” of the volunteer and human services sector in Flint and Genesee County, serving for more than four decades in leadership roles at Resource Genesee, United Way’s First Call for Help; and the original Volunteer Bureau (founded by the Junior League of Flint in 1966).

During her time in this community, Sybyl assisted tens of thousands of people in finding social services and volunteer opportunities for themselves or others. Each year since Atwood’s death in 2007, the Sybyl Award Selection Committee has honored her legacy by recognizing individuals who epitomize Sybyl’s ferocious energy, love for people, and dedication to community.

Nominees are judged based on a number of criteria, including:

• Demonstrating leadership through excellence, creativity, and commitment.

• Providing valuable service to improve the quality of life for others.

• Encouraging a sense of community and nurture community connections.

• Helping others to realize their own potential to make a positive difference in their own community.

Nominees must also reside in, as well as work and/ or volunteer in, Genesee County.

Nomination forms can be found online at (the website allows for online completion and online submission of the form OR the downloading, printing, and completion of the nomination form).

Forms may also be obtained by contacting Lindsey Younger at 810-813-5709 or at Nominations close Oct. 12.

The final Sybyl Award Celebration event, nominees will be honored and where one or more recipients will be announced, will be held Dec. 6, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The celebration will take place at the Durant-Dort Factory One facility. Information about ticket sales and table sponsorships can be found at — G.G.

Cyber Security is a BIG Issue for SMALL Business

FLINT — Most small businesses don’t think they’re worth a hacker’s time so they ignore the threat of a cyber-attack. Join us for “Small Business, Big Threat” as we discuss what cyber security is and its importance to your small business on Sept. 13 from 2:30-4 p.m. at The Ferris Wheel, located at 615 Saginaw St., Flint, 48502. Each person attending must register at: ?ekey=60380070.

This event is presented by The Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC) and co-sponsored by U of M Flint Innovation Center. MI-SBDC is a statewide organization funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the SBA, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and through local host support.

The MI-SBDC assists any small business to launch, grow, innovate, or transition. The I-69 Trade Corridor MI-SBDC regional office is located in Flint at Kettering University. Details: Call 810-762-9660. — G.G.

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