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On Thursday, February 27, the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce eTEAM is sponsoring the 2014 Jumpstart Conference for entrepreneurs and early stage businesses.  The conference, which takes place from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Gateway Centre, offers tools and information to start or grow your small business.

The conference features the Genesee Rising Star and Spark award recipients.  Flint-native W. David Tarver will serve as the keynote speaker. Tarver transitioned from a career in engineering to create a multi-million dollar business.  The author of Proving Ground: A Memoir, he is a graduate of Flint Central High School, former Kettering University student and University of Michigan alumnus.

Jumpstart participants will have the opportunity to participate in breakout sessions on a variety of topics, including:

  • Inventors:  Idea to Market
  • Lending: What to Expect
  • Legal and Tax Planning for Startups
  • 21st Century Marketing & Sales

The Chamber’s eTEAM is a regional collaboration of entrepreneurial service providers working to connect local entrepreneurs and small businesses with resources to promote growth and success.  For seven years, the eTEAM has sponsored Jumpstart, along with the Spark Award and the Rising Star Award (formerly Genesee 10 to Watch).  The Spark Award is presented to new businesses and the Rising Star recognizes early stage businesses that have exhibited growth.

The Holiday Inn Gateway Centre is located at 5353 Gateway Centre in Flint.

The cost to participate in Jumpstart is $20, which includes breakfast and lunch.  Click here to register online.

To learn more about the Jumpstart Conference contact Karena Hamlet, Business Development Specialist at (810) 600-1440 or khamlet@flintandgenesee.org.

To register for Jumpstart visit flintandgenesee.org/jumpstart.