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2016 Wage and Benefit Survey reveals sustained optimism in the region

FLINT – The 2016 I-69 Thumb Region’s Wage and Benefit Survey has found that employers in the region remain bullish on hiring for the current year. The biennial report also shows the threat of layoffs remain low among companies that responded to the survey.

The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce along with economic development partners in the I-69 Thumb Region today released the results of its biennial survey, which is conducted in collaboration with the University of Michigan-Flint.

Survey findings show that more than 92.3 percent of companies surveyed say they expect to add new jobs in 2016, up by more than 6 percentage points from 2014. In addition, nearly 97 percent of companies participating in the survey said they did not expect layoffs this year compared to 93 percent two years ago. — G.G.

Small business marketing workshop on Aug. 16

FLINT – “Top Ten Most Important Communication and marketing Secrets for Your Business” workshop will be held in Flint on Aug. 16, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Oak Business Center.

Sponsored by the Michigan Small Business Development Center, this interactive workshop is designed to provide tools and strategies for marketing, customer service, and human resources. Business success is built on effective communications, and even more so now given the Flint water crisis and ongoing media reporting. This 90 minute workshop will provide new techniques for dealing with customers, suppliers, employees, and the community. The workshop is presented by The Phoenix Network and business consultants Michael Dach and Katy Caschera.

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. The MI-SBDC provides no cost counseling, business education, planning assistance and guidance for any start-up, existing or growing businesses and innovative technology ventures. The MI-SBDC regional office is located in Flint at Kettering University. Another Flint counseling and training site was opened mid-May at the Oak Business Center, 2712 N. Saginaw Street.

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.

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