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“Starting a Business” class now offered online

FLINT – A one hour online version of the “Starting a Business” seminar will be offered

Sept. 22 from 10-11 a.m. by the I-69 Trade Corridor/Thumb Region of The Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC) based at Kettering University in Flint. The “webinar” is available to anyone located anywhere in the state. Participants will need a fast internet connection, a good working computer with microphone and speakers, and an up to date browser.

“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 seminar covers the process of starting and operating a business, evaluating market potential for products/services, costs and financing options, plus business planning for their products/services. This live webinar is a 1-hour audio and slide presentation of a more in depth classroom version, which is also still available at various times and locations around the state.

The I-69 Trade Corridor Region of the Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC) is part of a statewide network 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.

H&R Block hosts income tax course

BURTON — With annual enrollment for H&R Block’s Income Tax Course now open in the Michigan area, H&R Block is also hosting an open house in Burton on Thursday Sept. 17 from 6-8 p.m. to talk to interested students about the classes.

“The H&R Block Income Tax Course is a great opportunity to learn new skills from an industry leader. We will teach students to prepare taxes like a pro and help students who want to better understand their own taxes,” said Matt Schaar, tax professional for H&R Block. “Students can learn something new and could potentially earn extra money.”

Those attending the open house will have an opportunity to talk with H&R Block tax professionals about the class curriculum, format and schedules, bilingual options and scholarship opportunities for military spouses.

The open house will be held at 4159 Court Street in Burton. For more information, call 810-230-2874. To enroll in the Income Tax Course in Burton, visit or call 1-800-HRBLOCK. — G.G.

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