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Local agency names V.P.

FLINT — The Valley Area Agency on Aging has announced Yaushica Brown has been selected as the new Vice President of Operations. Brown has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and is familiar with doing home visits; she comes with a sound knowledge of community-based services as she has been with Valley for 17 years. Brown has management experience, as she was the former Director of the Waiver Program before she became the Director of Planning and Contract Management for Valley Area Agency on Aging. She is a 2017 candidate for her Master’s degree in Public Administration. She began her new position on Oct. 1. Kathryn Boles, President/ CEO of VAAA says, Details: Call 810-239-7671. — G.G.

Statewide cyber security initiative comes to Flint

FLINT — There are 500,000 cyber-attack attempts per minute worldwide, and hackers don’t discriminate – 44 percent of small businesses report being the victim of a cyber-attack, with an average cost of $9,000 per attack. October marks National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a good time for small business owners to put thought and effort into their business’ cyber security strategy. The Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC) launched an initiative for 2016 to assist Michigan small businesses in evaluating and understanding their risk of cyber threats through a free risk assessment tool and a workshop that features a presentation and panel discussion with experts in the field. “Small Business, Big Threat: Cyber Security Awareness” will be offered in Flint on Oct. 18, 10 a.m. to noon in the Technology Center at Baker College, Flint. The cyber security initiative offers any business access to a web-based assessment tool that evaluates risk at https:// smallbusinessbigthreat.com/. Business owners attending the workshop are asked to complete the risk assessment prior to the presentation as a basis for questions and answers. Registration for the workshop is at: tinyurl.com/ h7hv9ph. — G.G.

Nominate your candidate for the 2016 Sybyl Award

GENESEE COUNTY — We all know amazing community volunteers! And we all want to see them recognized for their outstanding service. Get writing the most persuasive and eloquent nomination ever. Make your nomination worthy of that amazing volunteer! Go to our website www.sybylaward.com and create your nomination masterpiece. The Sybyl Award Committee is pleased to announce that nominations are once again being accepted for the 2016 Sybyl Award. The Sybyl Award was designed to acknowledge someone in the Genesee County community who exemplifies Sybyl’s energy, outlook, and dedication to helping others. It continues to be presented annually. The award recipient will be announced at the Sybyl Award Celebration to be held Dec. 8. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. on Oct. 20. They can be emailed to: the Sybyl Award email address at sybylaward@gmail.com. Those without Internet access may contact Lindsey Younger at 810-767-4622 EXT 380. — G.G.


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