In brief

Upcoming Business Workshops at The Ferris Wheel in Flint

FLINT — “Starting a Business” and “Writing a Business Plan” workshops will be presented on Oct. 8 at The Ferris Wheel in Flint.

“Starting a Business” will be from 10-11:30 a.m. and is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or who may be at the beginning stages of starting a business. Delivered in a workshop format, this introductory session helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services.

Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning will be introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started. Online registration available at: ?ekey=60390038.

“Writing a Business Plan” will be from 12-2 p.m. A well-written business plan is a critically important tool in the business owner toolkit. A plan can be used for many purposes but most important to business success is the plan that serves as an accountability tool and a road map to business growth. A sample tool will be used to detail content of a plan that can serve as a solid foundation for the business owner. If you are not yet in business or in the very early stages of starting, we highly recommend you take “Starting a Business” prior to “Writing a Business Plan”. Online registration at: clients.

There is no fee for the workshops but advance and separate registration for each individual is required.

Details: Visit or call the I-69 Trade Corridor regional office in Flint: 810-762- 9660. — G.G.

Gov. Whitmer proclaims October Michigan Apple Month

LANSING — Governor Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed October to be Michigan Apple Month, recognizing the importance of the Michigan Apple industry.

Michigan is known for its diverse agriculture, which includes many specialty crops such as apples. Apples are the largest and most valuable fruit crop in the Great Lakes State. Growers dedicate their lives to the industry, operating 825 family-run farms with over 11.3 million apple trees, covering 35,500 acres in Michigan.

“Passionate Michigan Apple growers have carried on the tradition of growing apples for many generations and continue to produce the best tasting apples in the world,” said Diane Smith, executive director of the Michigan Apple Committee. “Our industry appreciates the recognition of the hard work and dedication of Michigan’s apple growers.”

This year’s Michigan Apple crop is estimated to be 25.25 million bushels (1.06 billion pounds), according to the official crop estimate announced in August at the USApple Outlook meeting in Chicago.

“Consumers can find Michigan Apples at over 200 U-pick orchards and farm markets, or look for bags or stickers indicating ‘Michigan Apples’ at grocery stores,” said Smith.

To discover new ways to celebrate Michigan Apple Month this year, visit the Michigan Apple website ( for unique recipes, tips, flavor profiles, farm market locations and much more.

The Michigan Apple Committee is a grower-funded nonprofit organization devoted to marketing, education and research activities to distinguish the Michigan Apple and encourage its consumption in Michigan and around the world. To learn more, visit — G.G.