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Serra Automotive acquires Draper dealerships

GRAND BLANC — On Aug. 7, Serra Automotive finalized the purchase of Draper Chevrolet and Draper Toyota in Saginaw. The new dealership names are Serra Chevrolet and Serra Toyota but many of the faces inside each store will not change. The Serra Saginaw group will be led by Rob Draper and Executive Manager Kevin Cassidy. Cassidy started in the car business with the Serra organization in 1989 and has most recently served as new car manager of Al Serra Chevrolet at the Al Serra Auto Plaza in Grand Blanc. The addition of the two new stores in Saginaw brings the total Serra dealerships in Michigan to 21. The Serra Automotive network is headquartered in Grand Blanc. — R.S.

“Locating and Operating a Business in Flint” workshop

FLINT — “Discover Flint: Locating and Opening a Business in Flint” is a free workshop designed to help individuals who want to start and operate Flint-based businesses to better understand permitting, licensing, and zoning requirements. It was prepared by the Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC) in partnership with the Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce and the City of Flint. Sponsored by the MI-SBDC, this workshop will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 10 a.m. – noon at Oak Business Center in Flint. Registration is required (seating is limited). To register go to: workshop.aspx?ekey=60370069 — R.S.

Nurse Licensing System streamlines process

MICHIGAN — Michigan’s 190,000 licensed nurses will now use a state-of the-art system for the entire licensing process allowing them to enter the nursing profession sooner and more efficiently. Last week, LARA’s Bureau of Professional Licensing launched a new online portal – the Michigan Professional Licensing User System (MiPlus) miplus that replaces an outdated system that was inefficient for users and staff.

The new system utilizes the Accela platform. It eliminates the time-consuming snail mail back and forth between nursing applicants and LARA staff. Applicants now apply online, and can track the status of their license, receive electronic notifications on exam requirements and completion and get5 an electronic copy of their license to print.

MiPlus also improves consumer protections by making the complaint process more transparent, and enhancing the services to submit and track complaints. The Bureau of Professional Licensing (BPL) is responsible for licensing and regulating more than 758,000 individuals who are regulated by either the Michigan Occupational or Public Health Codes. BPL will soon implement MiPlus throughout the bureau’s other license types. — R.S.

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