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Leadership NOW: Application, selection period open

FLINT – Leadership NOW – Optimizing Leadership Effectiveness is seeking qualified candidates for its intensive, yearlong leadership development program, which kicks off March 17. The competitive program is designed for executives, board members, elected officials and other business professionals who want to build their leadership skills and learn how to develop effective partnerships and collaborative initiatives. “Our community needs a network of leaders who can work together to bring positive change to Flint and Genesee,” said George Wilkinson, Group Vice President at the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, which administers the program in partnership with United Way of Genesee County. “Leadership NOW addresses that need by cultivating the professional growth of high-potential leaders from the region’s public, private and nonprofit sectors.”

Up to 20 applicants will be selected for the program, during which they will undergo an in-depth leadership assessment, 10 hours of one-on-one coaching and 72 hours of training. Participants will also develop and implement a collaborative project that addresses a challenge, reduces costs or improves a procedure for local businesses, nonprofits and/or municipalities.

Earlier this year, Leadership NOW launched its first session, which recently reached the curriculum’s halfway-point. Participant Pharlon Randle said he’s already seeing the benefits.

Applicants for the program’s second session are required to attend one of six recruitment sessions, to be held at the Chamber offices, at 519 S. Saginaw St., Flint, and the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, at 500 S. Saginaw St., Flint. — G.G.

“Starting a Business” Online Webinar

FLINT — A one hour Webinar for “Starting a Business” will take place Jan. 19, 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.

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: Call 810-762-9660 or visit

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