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FLINT Small Business Workshops in June

FLINT — A wide variety of top level small business workshops scheduled in June are being announced by the Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC). Workshops are open to anyone but have been selected especially for Flint businesses that want to start or grow. Workshops are free or very low cost due to additional assistance funds provided to Flint recently by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

For more information and to register for any of the June workshops, visit; click on Register for Workshop; and search “At Center” FLINT.

June 7, “Doing Business with City of Flint and Genesee County” will cover the basics for small businesses in Flint on how to do business with one or both; their purchasing processes; and how to find and respond to their requests for proposals. The June 7 workshop will be held at Kettering University Campus Center, 8:30-10:30 a.m. No fee but advance registration required. The workshop is co-sponsored by Veteran Business Outreach Center, Procurement and Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), and Michigan Small Business Development Center.

Details: Visit or call 810-762-9660. — G.G.

BCBS helps increase access to healthy foods

FLINT — Students at 15 schools in Flint will soon have greater access to fresh fruits and vegetables with salad bars donated by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, which is funding the effort to help increase access to nutrient rich food, including iron, calcium and vitamin C.

“Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is committed to the health and wellness of children throughout the state of Michigan, and we are proud to support this healthy school lunch initiative to help students in Flint have daily access to fresh fruits and vegetables,” said Lynda Rossi, executive vice president at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. “A well-nourished body is important to help prepare kids to learn and succeed in the classroom.”

Schools receiving salad bars include Brownell STEM Academy; Doyle Ryder Elementary; Durant-Tuuri-Mott Elementary; Eisenhower Elementary; Freeman Elementary; Holmes STEM Academy; Madison Academy Elementary; Madison Academy High School; Neithercut Elementary; New Standard Academy; Northwestern High School; Pierce Elementary; Potter Elementary; Southwestern Classical Academy; and St. John Vianney Catholic School. The salad bars are part of the national Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative and receive technical support from the United Fresh Start Foundation, a founding partner in the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative. The salad bars are expected to be operational by the end of May. — G.G.

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