In brief

Workshop for small business

FLINT – The Michigan Small Business Development Center will sponsor “Sprout Your Business Worldwide,” a free workshop from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at Kettering University Campus Center in Flint.

“Sprout Your Business Worldwide” will explore what it takes to be ready to export or to consider new markets worldwide. It will include tools and information about identifying hurdles, opportunities, resources and important considerations for making a company “export ready.”

Registration is required and seating is limited. Register at – L.R.

Finding, keeping workers

FLINT – “20 Secrets to Competing For, Finding, and Regaining Great Talent in Hard to Recruit Areas” workshop will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 17, the Oak Business Center in Flint.

This free workshop will provide insight into 20 creative ways to compete for and land great talent. It will include information on how to evaluate and improve your organization to attract talented candidates; how to determine “perks” and incentives to get candidates’ attention; tips on how to find great talent; how to compete for employees; and steps to retain great employees. The workshop is presented by Vanessa Nelson, MLIR, CLRL, President of Expert Human Resources, a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), woman-owned, small business

Registration is required separately for each individual attending (seating is limited) but the workshop is available at no cost due to additional assistance funds provided to Flint for 2016 by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). To register go to: zd3es96. — L.R.

Gov. signs bill allowing more liquor licenses

LANSING – More business owners will be able to obtain conditional liquor licenses, providing them with the ability to more quickly launch and operate their establishments under legislation signed last week by Gov. Rick Snyder.

“This bill helps remove some barriers for Michigan employers by expanding opportunities for them to obtain conditional licenses in order to get businesses up and running faster,” Snyder said.

Senate Bill 981, sponsored by state Sen. Wayne Schmidt, expands the eligibility of liquor license applicants to obtain a conditional license to operate their business. The measure is now Public Act 315 of 2016.

In other news:

SB 903, sponsored by state Sen. Tom Casperson, modifies the requirements for agreement by mineral owners and producers before an operator can request approval of a plan for joint operation of multiple wells in an oil or gas reservoir. The measure is now PA 316.

House Bill 5572, sponsored by State Rep. Mike McCready, amends the Motor Fuel Tax Act to permit certain alternative fuel commercial users to calculate the fuel tax due on Compressed Natural Gas based on a revised equivalent. The measure is now PA 317. – L.R.

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