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SBA offers specialized financing help

FLINT — The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Michigan District Office, in conjunction with the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce and the Michigan Small Business Development Center at Kettering University, is bringing Getting to Yes! to Genesee County.

The program is a unique initiative developed to help area small business owners get the financing they need to grow their businesses. Created in response to concerns of business owners who found it difficult to access capital for a variety of reasons, Getting to Yes! has four phases – education, consultation, mock loan preparation and individual meetings with lenders.

“This unique approach to preparing for a loan greatly improves the probability of accessing capital,” said SBA Michigan District Director Gerald Moore. “Participants will develop a comprehensive loan package, get a chance to rehearse their pitch in front of a panel of lenders, and gain access to a wide variety of traditional and alternative lending institutions.”

Business owners throughout Flint and Genesee County who meet the basic criteria are encouraged to apply. However, participation is limited to 6 to 10 businesses this session. Participants will be selected by a small committee from the applications submitted. There is no charge for the program.

“This program is for small businesses with at least two years of profitability that are looking to grow with an infusion of capital,” said Kyle McCree, Director of Business Financing, Flint & Genesee Chamber. “Applicants must be willing to commit to the entire program during which they complete a business plan with detailed financial projections.”

To apply, go to and complete the Client Profile Form. The deadline is April 17. The program begins May 7 and concludes June 25.

Details: Email — G.G.

Potluck Mission Conference

GRAND BLANC TWP.— The First Baptist Church, 6106 S. Saginaw St., invites everyone to its missions conference on Saturday, April 18, from Nnoon to 4:30 p.m. The event features a potluck lunch with speakers from Camp Lael, New Tribes Mission, and Forgotten Man Ministries. Childcare is provided for this free even and a love offering will be received for the missionaries. For more information, call the church at (810) 694-9136. — P.S.

Genealogical Society

BURTON — The Flint Genealogical Society will meet April 7, at 7 p.m.., at The Burton Senior Center, 3410 S. Grand Traverse, Flint. Speaker will be Joseph Mischler, on the McFarland Veterans Park, Flint. Free and open to the public. Details: Call 248-672-2157. — G.G.

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