In brief

Obamacare topic at business meeting

FLINT TWP. — Todd A. Chaney, a group, individual and senior benefits specialist for Security First Benefits Corp, will be the guest speaker at the West Flint Business Association monthly luncheon meeting, noon to 1:15 p.m. Wed. Nov. 20 at Teppanyaki Grill & Buffet in the Target Plaza on Miller Road. Chaney will talk about the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) including individual mandates and penalties, essential health benefits, premium subsidies and advance premium tax credits and Medicaid expansion.

Flint Twp Supervisor Karyn Miller will give a five-minute update on township news. Nonmembers are welcome to attend and no reservations are needed. Details: — R.S.

State Rep. Phil Phelps sworn In on house floor

LANSING — State Rep. Phil Phelps (DFlushing) was sworn in Nov. 12, on the House floor as the new representative for the 49th House District, which comprises parts of the city of Flint, the cities of Flushing, Swartz Creek and Mount Morris, as well as Flint Township and Mount Morris Township. Phelps was a special advisor for former House Democratic Leader Richard Hammel and chief of staff for current state Representative Pam Faris (D-Clio). He was joined at the ceremony by family and friends.

Elected on Nov. 5, Phelps said he is thrilled to be back in Lansing working on behalf of residents of District 49. The 49th House District seat became vacant when current state Senator Jim Ananich (D-Flint) won a vacant Senate seat in District 27 last spring. — R.S.

Chamber of Commerce honors local businesses

FLINT TWP. — Several township businesses were among those recognized on Nov. 7 at the Business Awards Banquet sponsored by the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce.

This year, the Chamber created a new CEO Award that will be presented annually to an individual or organization that exemplifies outstanding economic impact and community spirit. General Motors Flint Assembly Plant on Van Slyke Road was selected as the inaugural recipient. Recently GM unveiled the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado heavy duty and GMC Sierra heavy duty pickups, marking a comeback in the Flint area. Flint Assembly has approximately 2,900 jobs, which according to Michigan-based employment research group Upjohn Institute, supports additional jobs in Flint and Genesee County.

The chamber also recognized E.L. Hollingsworth, 3039 Airpark Dr, a Native- American owned company as the Outstanding Minority-Owned Business.

Milestone Awards for reaching significant anniversaries were presented Donna’s Donuts, on Bristol Road, for 40 years in business and to Gaines Jewelry on Beecher Road and the Michigan Vascular Center on Miller Road, both celebrating 50 years in business. — R.S.

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