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Free “Writing a Business Plan” class in Flint

FLINT — A free “Writing a Business Plan” class is being presented at Kettering University in Flint on Feb. 25 from 1-4 p.m.

Presented by the Michigan Small Business Center (MI-SBDC) and hosted Kettering University; this class covers the specifics of business planning including market research, marketing, finance, legal, operations, and management. Tools, steps, and a workbook for creating a business plan draft are included.

For early stage or start-up businesses, the pre-requisite to this class is attending the “Starting a Business” class which puts you on a preparation path to be ready for “Writing a Business Plan”. These and other “Venture Start” classes are offered at multiple locations and dates around the region and the state at www.sbdcmichigan.org/training

There is no fee for this class or any of the Venture Start classes offered by MI-SBDC I-69 Trade Corridor regional office. However, advance, separate registration for each individual attending is required and can be made online at: https:// clients.sbdcmichigan.org/workshop.aspx- ?ekey=60350004

MI-SBDC is a statewide organization funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide no cost counseling, training, information, tools, and resources for new ventures, existing businesses, expanding businesses, and innovative technology ventures. The I-69 Trade Corridor Region serves Shiawassee, Genesee, Lapeer, St. Clair, Sanilac, Tuscola and Huron counties.

Details: Visit www.SBDCMichigan.org or contact: MI-SBDC at Kettering University, 810-762-9660. — G.G.

Food system meeting will focus on health food

FLINT — Many residents in Genesee County are living in “inequitable food access areas,” defined as places where access to healthy food is not readily available. To galvanize community partners around the issue of access and consumption of healthy food, you are invited to attend a meeting sponsored by the Community Foundation of Greater Flint (CFGF).

The Regional Food System Navigator Launch meeting is free to anyone interested in this important issue. It will be held Feb. 27 from 1-4 p.m. at the Flint Farmers’ Market Community Room, 300 E. First Street, Flint. Please RSVP to Artina Sadler by calling 810-610-4392.

“Access to healthy food is a critical factor for improving both the physical and economic well-being of our community,” Sadler said.

Consumers, producers, distributors, processors, businesses, waste management companies, educators, health care workers, social justice workers, advocates, faith-based organizations, current food practitioners and anyone interested is encouraged to attend. — G.G.


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