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Saturday event in held in conjunction with [IN] On the Road Business Bootcamp for Young Adults, work continues on non-traditional grocery store

The community has been invited to meet local vendors showcasing their products and services at an outdoor event held at Eagle’s Nest Academy from 2 – 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept.19. The school is located at 5101 Cloverlawn Drive, Flint, MI 48504.

Vendors include businesses that offer the following services and products: clothing, body butter, fitness gear, jewelry, sunglasses, masks, body scrubs, body perfume, lip balm and lip gloss, along with several food vendors.

The event is in conjunction with the Road Business Bootcamp for Young Adults which started earlier this year. The North Flint Food Market (NFFM)  partnered with the Office of University Outreach at the University of Michigan-Flint (UM-Flint) to bring a no-cost business bootcamp to young people.  The program includes workshops and a lecture series designed to help youth learn how to start their own business and to understand about business cooperative models.

“We are excited to have our young people learn valuable business skills that they can use to launch their business ideas,” said Arlene Wilborn, NFFM general manager.

The event is funded in part by the Illuminating Community Change (IC2) which is a community-based crime reduction grant by the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Although slowed due to the pandemic, work has already begun on the future site of the NFFM which will be located at 5402 Clio Rd., in Flint.  The NFFM will differ from a traditional grocery story because it is owned by its members.  Residents, organizations and businesses have purchased memberships as investment into the store’s development.  The market will be the first food co-op in Genesee County.  Memberships are still available for purchase at a one-time cost of $250 for individuals and $500 for businesses and organizations.

For details regarding the pop-up visit  www.facebook.com/NFFMKT/. Free tickets for the Sept. 19 outdoor event, where masks are required and social distancing is to be enforced, are also available on Eventbrite through the NFFM Facebook page.

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