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Michigan Treasury hosting September seminars for Small Businesses

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Treasury is holding several seminars this month to inform small businesses about the benefits of going paperless through Michigan Treasury Online (MTO). MTO is an online resource for business taxpayers that enables them to file tax returns, pay taxes and maintain business accounts with the state Treasury Department. Throughout September, Treasury Outreach Team members are holding seminars in the cities of Flint, Saginaw and Rochester Hills to discuss the functionality of MTO, recent upgrades and improvements, answer general questions and solicit suggestions for continued improvement. From 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 29, Treasury Outreach Team members will be at Flint Public Library, 1026 E. Kearsley St., Room 205 in Flint. These seminars are free and no registration is required to attend. For more info, contact –R.S.

Library hosting franchising workshop

GRAND BLANC – “Franchising: More than Fast Food” is the topic of a workshop at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 27 at the McFarlen Library. FranNet consultant, Linda Belford will provide facts and practical advice about the benefits and challenges of franchises as well as enlightenment about non-food options spanning 90 industries including IT Services, Senior Care, Healthcare and Wellness, Education and Enrichment, Pet Services and Products, Beauty & Fitness, Environmental Services, and Business & Professional Services. For more information, call 810-423-3956 or email –R.S.

I-69 Thumb Regional Summit meets today

LAPEER – Housing development opportunities is the focus of the 6th Annual I-69 Thumb Regional Summit from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Lapeer Country Club, 3786 Hunt Rd. in Lapeer. The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSDHA) will roll out a regional report on housing, as part of a panel discussion on housing development. Attendees will also hear about development tools and incentives from a panel of economic development professionals. The summit will begin with a recap of major projects in the region over the past year. Also, later in the afternoon, a panel of judges will select the winner of the Catapult Business Plan Competition. Finalists include: Genesee County – Happy Little Greens Farm; Shiawassee County – Town to Town Gourmet Pastries; Lapeer County – Simply Enjoyable Snacks; Tuscola County – Imperial Sauces; Huron County – Sibling Rivalry LLC; Sanilac County – Thumb Roast Coffee and St. Clair County – Smart Shelf.

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