In brief

Chamber to host 25 professional development opportunities

FLINT — In support of the region’s workforce, the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce will host 25 professional development opportunities during the second half of the year.

The new workshops, which kick off in early July, will cover a variety of topics including communications, financial planning, grant writing, leadership development, marketing and sales.

“Whether you’re new to your job or are a seasoned professional, it’s important to set aside time for professional development,” said Steven Elkins, director of Member Services and Business Training at the Flint & Genesee Chamber.According to Elkins, the Chamber partners with local, regional and national professionals to deliver these workshops.

For instance, Dan Handley, president and CEO of Dale Carnegie Training presented by Handley & Associates, will bring three Dale Carnegie Trainings to Genesee County this year. These include Create Loyal Customers (July 23), Master the Selling Process (Sept. 24) and Rapport: Becoming a Trusted Advisor (Oct. 3).

Other workshop facilitators represent Michigan-based public relations agencies, universities and business consulting firms.

As part of its summer/fall training and development lineup, the Chamber is also supporting the Crim Fitness Foundation as it hosts Search Inside Yourself Leadership (Oct. 22-23), a two-day workshop on mindful leadership and emotional intelligence. Early-bird registration pricing is available until Sept. 1, and discounted tickets are available for Flint residents and organizations thanks to the support of the Mindful Cities Flint Initiative.

Details: Visit www.flintandgenesee.org/ training. — G.G.

MDHHS launches statewide lead awareness campaign

LANSING — To help educate Michiganders about the sources of lead in and around their homes and how to protect their health, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has launched a new statewide awareness campaign.

A new website -Michigan.gov/MILeadSafe – has been developed to provide a one-stopshop on lead, lead hazards and mitigation steps. It also has links to important community resources and information for families.

“Lead can be found in dust, soil, paint in older homes, in lead containing pipes and faucets,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health. “We want no child in Michigan to be exposed to lead, and this educational campaign is an important part of that effort.”

The campaign kicks off following an announcement yesterday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy and MDHHS about the state’s new Lead and Copper Rule and available resources.

For more information, visit Michigan.gov/ MILeadSafe. — G.G.