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Communication Workshop for Flint Small Businesses

FLINT – “PR to Profit” workshop will be held in Flint September 29, 9:00-11:30am at the Oak Business Center. Sponsored by the Michigan Small Business Development Center, this interactive marketing and communication workshop will focus on basic understanding of and tactics for business public relations, writing news releases that get noticed, how to communicate your story, how to integrate social media into your PR and marketing, and being prepared with how to communicate during a crisis. Presented by Sheri L. Stuart, a communications strategist specializing in helping clients achieve their goals through the art of storytelling. Ms. Stuart is the recipient of a Polaris Award from the Public Relations Society of America for an overall PR campaign promoting financial literacy education to youth and adults. She is a seasoned writer and three-time recipient of the Ethnic Media Education Fellowship Award from New America Media. 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: h36v9er. – G.G.

Traveling farmers market designed to help mitigate effect of lead in body

FLINT –Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Flint Food Works, The Local Grocer, Neighborhood Engagement Hub, and YMCA of Greater Flint have partnered to build and staff Flint Fresh Mobile Market. The mobile market will bring fresh, healthy foods to people where they gather; in neighborhoods, places of worship, and senior centers. “Flint Fresh Mobile Market will improve access and affordability of healthy foods for residents,” said Fritz Cheek, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Flint. “The foods that have been specifically selected are proven to help mitigate the effects of lead in the human body and will also help to combat high rates of obesity and chronic disease.” Flint Fresh Mobile Market is currently operating pop-up markets at various businesses and community centers while a permanent route is created. The mobile market is striving to make affordable healthy foods easily accessible to Flint residents. The program also seeks to provide ways for new growers and farmers to enter into the local food system by purchasing from smaller growers to help them build their business. Grant funding for Flint Fresh Mobile Market came from Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Community Foundation’s Flint Child Health and Development Fund, and the Tides Foundation. – G.G.

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