Who doesn’t have an idea for a small business these days? A common question is how to get started.
The City of Flint’s Economic Development Department hopes to help put would-be entrepreneurs on the path of success with real-world advice at its upcoming, six-week “Small Business Entrepreneur Program.”
“This small business program is an extension of the Hallwood Plaza’s holiday pop-up shops that attracted more than 20 locally owned businesses this past December,” says Linnette Phillips, Flint’s deputy director of small business and workforce development. “I created the holiday campaign to lift up and support Flint’s small businesses.
“We need to create new opportunities for existing and potential business owners, particularly in North Flint,” says Phillips. “Based upon the business community and consumer response to our holiday shops, I felt more was needed. That’s why I championed this new educational series.”
Mayor Karen Weaver will kick-off the first event of the series at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 9 at the Hallwood Plaza. The program is free to the public.
Scheduled events include a panel discussion with former Michigan Economic Development Council senior vice president, entrepreneur and author Donald Snider, regional SBA director Connie Logan, attorney Karen McDonald Lopez, and founder and principal of Best Practices Consulting, Laura Sigmon. Ebonie Gipson, founder and principal of I’m Building Something Consulting, LLC, will lead the panel discussion.
The community is invited to shop a vendor exhibit, which will feature a cross-section of locally owned neighborhood businesses. Custom clothing and designer fashions, health and beauty products, and other items and services will be showcased at the pop-up shops until 4 p.m.
The five upcoming forums in the series will feature experts on funding sources, legal and accounting matters, training and development, procurement and contracts, marketing and promotion and social media.
For anyone who dreams of owning a small business, the event might be a first step in that direction.
The city is still seeking panelists, speakers and vendors. Interested parties can access additional information and register to participate by contacting Linnette Phillips at 810-237-2042 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lead image: Demontai Richards at Flint’s Small Business Saturday holiday pop-up shops. Photo by Danen Williams