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2018 Catapult Small Business competition is underway

GENESEE COUNTY — The I-69 Thumb Region, a seven-county partnership, is accepting entries for the region’s 2018 Catapult Small Business Competition. This contest of ideas aims to help “catapult” entrepreneurs and small-business owners to the next stage in growing their businesses.

Each of the region’s member counties – Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair and Tuscola – will hold a county-level competition in their communities via a public pitch event, with $2,500 awarded to the firstplace winner and $1,500 for second place. Total cash prizes for the local and regional winners total $40,000.

Genesee County will host its competition Jan. 10 from 5-8 p.m. at the Ferris Wheel, 615 S. Saginaw St. in Flint. County-level first-place winners will move forward to compete for additional funds in the finale at the I-69 Thumb Regional Summit on Jan. 24.

The regional competition will award $6,000 for first place, $4,000 for second and $2,000 for third. Competition prizes have been made possible by grant funding through the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and additional sponsors.

Interested companies or individuals may apply online by answering a few questions about their proposed new business venture or existing business. To apply online, visit small-business-competition/.

Once the online application is complete, competitors have until Nov. 1 to submit their maximum three-page executive summary and pitch presentation of up to 10 slides.

Details: Visit event/2018-catapult-small-business-competition/. Or call 810-600-1406. — G.G.

Upcoming small business workshops 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. There is no fee, but advance and separate registration for each individual is required.

•“Starting a Business”, Oct. 17 from 1-3:30 p.m. Details: Visit

• “Marketing Your Business”, Oct. 24 from 1-3:30 p.m. Details: Visit

• “Writing a Business Plan”, Oct. 31 from 1-3:30 p.m. Details: Visit:

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. The MI-SBDC provides no-cost counseling, business education, planning assistance and guidance for any new ventures, existing and growing businesses, and innovative technology ventures.

Details: Call 810-762-9660. — G.G.

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