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“Starting a Business” Workshop in Flint

FLINT — A free workshop on “Starting a Business” will be presented at Kettering University in Flint on Dec. 9, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

“Starting a Business” is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or who may be at the beginning stages of starting a business. This introductory workshop covers the process of starting and operating a business, evaluating market potential for products/ services, costs and financing options, plus business planning. Every registered attendee will receive a copy of the 60 page book “Guide to Starting and Operating a Small Business.”

There is no fee for the “Starting a Business” seminar but advance and separate registration for each individual is required. Online registration and class description are available at: https:// ?ekey=60340029

This workshop is presented by the I-69 Trade Corridor Region of the Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC) located at Kettering University. The regional office is part of a statewide organization funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U. S. Small Business Administration, providing no cost counseling, training, information-based planning assistance, and resources for any new ventures, existing and growing businesses, and innovative technology ventures.

Details: Visit or call 810-762-9660. — G.G.

Catholic Warming Centers open on Fifth Avenue

FLINT — With a particularly harsh Michigan winter predicted again this year, the Holy Angels Warming Center will once again open its doors to the homeless in our community. The Warming Center is housed in Catholic Charities’ Center for Hope, (former St. Michael School/Schools of Choice building) on Fifth Avenue in Flint.

Through March 2015, the Warming Center will be open 24 hours, seven days a week. Guests will receive a hot cup of coffee, meals and snacks, as well as the opportunity to watch TV and read books and magazines to pass the time; but most importantly, they will have a safe place to stay warm.

The Holy Angels Warming Center is in urgent need of monetary contributions to help with the cost of heat, electricity and staffing. “We are trying to fulfill the most basic of people’s needs, including shelter, food, clothing and mental health services,” adds Vicky L. Schultz, President and CEO of Catholic Charities. “The reality is that it takes a lot of money to keep the doors open. Utility costs are high and the building needs work. To sustain this program, we really need the community behind us.”

For more information, please contact Catholic Charities at 810-785-6911 or email — G.G.

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