In brief

Local Leader Selected as 2017 Vanguard

FLINT — Glenn Wilson, President/CEO of Communities First, Inc. was selected for the upcoming Vanguard Conference in Newcastle, Australia. The Vanguard conference is a gathering of the top young urban innovators working to make change in cities. Wilson was selected from a pool of 220 applicants who were competing for 50 spots at the conference. Twenty five of the 50 spots were reserved for residents of Australia and New Zealand with the remaining slots being for applicants from all around the world. Each Vanguard class includes policymakers and politicians, architects and urban planners, artists and media makers. The conference will culminate with a Big Idea challenge that will allow attendees to leave a lasting impression on the city of Newcastle. More information about Next City, the Vanguard Conference and the 2017 class can be found vanguard/members. More information about Communities First, Inc. can be found at – R.S.

SCORE Business Counseling

GRAND BLANC– The Grand Blanc- McFarlen Library will hold SCORE Business Counseling on Sept.12 from 3 to 6 p.m., with Keith Kremer, GDL’s SCORE mentor, by one-hour appointment only. SCORE is a national organization that offers free business counseling to current and prospective business owners. Call 810-694-5190 for an appointment. Please bring any documents related to your business. — P.S.

“Starting a Business” Workshop in Flint

FLINT – A free “Starting a Business” workshop will be presented from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12 at Oak Business Center. “Starting a Business” is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or who may be at the beginning stages of starting a business. This introductory webinar covers the process of starting and operating, evaluating market potential for products/ services, costs and financing options, plus business planning. There is no fee for the webinar but advance and separate registration for each individual is required. Online registration and class description are available at For more information, visit the MI-SBDC website at or call the I-69 Trade Corridor regional office in Flint: 810-762-9660. –R.S.

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