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Free “Writing a Business Plan” Workshop in Flint

FLINT — A free “Writing a Business Plan” Workshop is being presented at Kettering University on April 7 from 1-4 p.m.

Presented by the Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC) and hosted by Kettering University; this workshop 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 workshop is attending the “Starting a Business” workshop which puts you on a preparation path to be ready for “Writing a Business Plan.” These and other “Venture Start” workshops are offered at multiple locations and dates around the region and the state at

There is no fee for this workshop or any of the “Venture Start” workshops 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:// ?ekey=60360019.

For more information, visit the website at or contact: MI-SBDC at Kettering University, 810- 762-9660. — G.G.

Habitat for Humanity receives $15,000 grant

LANSING — Genesee County Habitat for Humanity will benefit from a $15,000 placemaking project grant from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority that could aid in future development of housing near Kettering University.

“MSHDA is proud to support a project that has the potential to breathe new life into Flint’s University Avenue corridor,” Executive Director Kevin Elsenheimer said. “Across the state, placemaking initiatives have proven instrumental in helping create vibrant places where people want to live, learn, work and play.”

Genesee County Habitat for Humanity was among 14 statewide awardees — and the only Genesee County recipient — to share in $209,175 in placemaking project grants.

Funds will be used to develop site plans and architectural specifications for an attached, duplex-style live-work development on the University Avenue corridor, which is about a quarter-mile from the college.

The full University Avenue corridor is a roughly two-mile residential and commercial area stretching west from Flint’s historic downtown and anchored by, in addition to Kettering, some of Flint’s largest employers and service institutions such as the University of Michigan-Flint, Hurley Medical Center and Mclaren Regional Hospital. — G.G.

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