In brief

Small business trainings

FLINT – The following are free training events sponsored by the I69 Trade Corridor Region of the Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC). There is no fee for these trainings, but advance and separate registration for each individual is required.

“Writing a Business Plan” WEBINAR: Wednesday, March 15 from 12–1pm. Details and to register, go to: workshop.aspx?ekey=60370020

“Starting a Business” will be presented at the Oak Business Center in Flint via classroom presentation on Tuesday, March 21 from 1–3:30 pm. For more information and to register, go to: ?ekey=60370028

“Starting a Business” Webinars:

• March 16 from 10-11 am. Register here: ?ekey=60370048

• Thursday, March 30 from 2-3 pm. Register here: ?ekey=60370029

• MI-SBDC is a statewide organization funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), and through local host support – Kettering University for this regional center. The MI-SBDC provides no-cost counseling, business education, planning assistance and guidance for any new ventures, existing and growing businesses, and innovative technology ventures.

Details: Visit the MI-SBDC website at or call the I-69 Trade Corridor regional office in Flint: 810-762-9660. – G.G.

Resilience Summit Offers Tools for Self and Community

FLINT — Several community agencies have partnered to offer a free Resilience Summit: Triumph Over Trauma March 16-17 at the Riverfront Banquet Center. Genesee Health System, Genesee Intermediate School District, Hurley Children’s Hospital and Safe Kids of Greater Flint along with other community partners will be offering classes to the community and to professionals on building a resilience toolkit, toxic stress, trauma informed care, mindfulness and meditation, how to build partnerships, coping skills and more. Friday will offer several breakout sessions between 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. with keynote speakers Dr. Lora Haynes, PhD from the University of Louisville and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha of Hurley Medical Center. Other speakers include many from the Children’s Health Fund out of New York City: Delaney Gracy, MD, MPH; Rita Domnitz, MS, ED, PsyD; and Paula Madrid, PsyD. Tom Watkins, from Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, and Hurley’s Alisa Craig, MS and Lauren O’Connell, MD will also be presenting along with several other topics and speakers. Participants can attend one or both days. On Thursday from 3-7:30 p.m. is a World Café that will showcase resources, update participants on efforts i the community, and show the documentary Film “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope.” Continuing education credits are available for professionals. The Summit is free; but registration is required. To register go to or call 810-262-9462. – G.G.

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