In brief

BNI offers referral system

SWARTZ CREEK — BNI (Business Network International) will help you find a structured way to go after the business you want. BNI is a referral organization that helps you gain qualified referrals for your business.

There are thousands of BNI chapters all over the world, all following the same successful model — because it works. Each local chapter is formed with one person from each professional area.

Come visit our BNI chapter to find out how you can lockout your competition and help you grow your business. BNI meets Fridays at 7 a.m. at ITT Tech (previous Gander Mountain building) on Miller Road just east of I-69. Details: Mickey Holmquest at 810-214-2641 or Debbie Hagon 810-577-2240. — G.G.

King Par to hold benefit

FLUSHING — King Par LLC has announced the 2nd annual King Par Classic for the benefit of Whaley Children’s Center. The event will be held on June 25, at Warwick Hills Country Club in Grand Blanc.

This exceptional golf venue was the site of the PGA Tour Buick Open for 50 years. Now, many in the community will experience this pristine course while benefiting the worthy cause of Whaley Children’s Center.

This year’s event will differ from last year’s event in that there will be two separate tee times held on the same day. There will be a four person scramble in the morning with breakfast and lunch provided and awards going to the top men’s, women’s and mixed teams, and then an afternoon Pro/Am with lunch and a dinner featuring Celebrity Guest Host Mickey Redmond.

King Par is continuing to accept donations and corporate sponsorships, with levels ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 for major sponsorships and $300 for hole sponsorships. Major sponsors currently include Patsy Lou Williamson, Colston Financial, Orion Energy Systems, and King Par LLC.

The Big-Barrel-Shootout, raffles, and a Live Auction at dinner round out the fun.

Registration is currently open while spots last. The entry fee is $300 per player for the morning scramble, and $450 per play for the afternoon Pro/Am Event.

Details: or 888-502- GOLF. Sponsorship details: Ryan Coffell at 810-410- 1840.— G.G.

Flint Women’s Forum speaker

FLINT — The Flint Women’s Forum (FWF) is pleased to announce their speaker for their annual Celebration of Women Annual Meeting and Luncheon. Paula Sorrell, who is the Managing Director, Entrepreneurial Services from the State of Michigan, will address the crowd at the April 27 event.

Sorrell will share the direction the State of Michigan is taking to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation for current and future business owners. Today as Managing Director of Entrepreneurship for the State of Michigan she oversees programs to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem, including the Small Business Technology Development Center, business plan competitions, university tech transfer, Smart Zones and business incubators.

Sorrell is certified in several strategic planning management tools, and her past work experience includes economic development roles as a national trainer to economic development centers, universities and consultants for early stage commercialization strategies and supporting eco-systems. She holds both a bachelor degree in marketing and an MBA from Central Michigan University. The event will be held at The Flint Golf Club at 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Those wishing to attend should download the invitation and RSVP card at— G.G.

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