MCC Ballenger lecture series on Financing Your Business conference

FLINT — The founders of St. Luke N.E.W. Life Enterprises, Inc. of Flint, Sister Carol Weber and Sister Judy Blake, will deliver the keynote address for the Financing Your Business conference, the fourth installment of the 2012-13 Mott Community College Eminent Persons Lecture Series: Create, Build, Succeed: An Entrepreneurship Conference.

The program is scheduled for 1-5 p.m., Oct. 25 at the MCC Event Center, located on the MCC main campus, 1401 E. Court St. in Flint. This event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m.

St. Luke N.E.W. Life Enterprises, Inc. is a faith-based business that trains Flint women to become seamstresses and earn wages that will improve their family’s quality of life, in a nurturing environment that provides life skills and workplace training that empowers women to become self-sufficient. In creating the venture, Sister Weber and Sister Blake envisioned N.E.W. Life Enterprises as a potential employment opportunity as well as a pathway out of crime and poverty for area women. Their best known product is hospital scrubs. Purchases help N.E.W. Life Enterprises reach more women in need.

The Financing Your Business conference at MCC will also feature a panel of experts sharing information, workshops and vendors that provide financial services to new and existing businesses. Workshop topics will include:

• The Small Business Administration (SBA) process

• Military Veterans as Entrepreneurs

• The Connection: Business Formation, Accounting and Taxes

• Employment Laws (including Payroll and “ObamaCare”)

•Money Lessons from a Young Retired Entrepreneur

The conference will also feature a poster session with displays from local businesses, from bankers to certified public accountants (CPAs); employee benefits administrators to payroll services; military veteran specialists, experts from the SBA and Human Resource Services.

The first session of the Ballenger Lecture Series on business and entrepreneurship featured Flint native David Tarver as the keynote speaker in March 2012. Tarver, author of the memoir

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