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Small business branding workshop

FLINT — One of the most important aspects of small business success is a brand and image that attracts the right customers.

Too often, this part of business marketing is neglected or overlooked in the planning of a startup business, or the rush of day to day existing business operations. Flint area businesses will have the chance to explore new strategies for building image, brand and reputation on Tuesday, July 12, 10am-noon at the Oak Business Center in Flint.

Sponsored by the Michigan Small Business Development Center, “BBB: Building Blocks of Branding” is a 90 minute workshop presented by Rochelle Mann of Mann Made Productions designed to Introduce concepts of branding; define key elements for visualizing the business brand; explain the difference between marketing and branding; and provide ideas for building a brand strategy and connecting to customers. After the workshop, attendees will be eligible for a one hour free on-site consultation with Mann Made Productions.

Registration is required but the workshop is available at no cost due to additional assistance funds provided to Flint recently by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). MI-SBDC is a statewide organization funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the SBA, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and through local host support. To register, visit; select Sign Up for Training; and search by Location using “At Center” FLINT. For more information about the MI-SBDC visit or call the I-69 Trade Corridor regional office in Flint: 810-762- 9660. Or use the direct link to register for this workshop: — G.G.

YWCA of Greater Flint awarded Hagerman grant

FLINT — The YWCA of Greater Flint has been awarded a $50,000 grant from The Hagerman Foundation to assist with the relocation and renovation of their programming offices and emergency shelter, SafeHouse.

“This grant greatly moves us forward in our push to finance our relocation of services and effort to maximize our resources. We are very grateful for not only their dollars, but their personal interest in empowering our clients and seeing the women and children of SafeHouse find respite and hope in the best way we can,” said Heidi McAra, Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA.

Residing in its current facility on 3rd St. since the 1960’s, the YWCA will be relocating to The Phoenix building in downtown Flint after a strategic resolution by the Board of Directors.

Details: 810-238-7621at or visit us on Facebook. — G.G.

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