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Investing in Our Youngest Citizens is Everyone's Business

Research shows that children who enter kindergarten ready to succeed grow to be book-smart, team capable, job-ready workers who help businesses prosper.  (Source: The PEW Center On The States)

Saginaw County businesses understand the importance of investing in young children and their families.  Here are a few ways your business can get involved.

  • Join the Great Start Collaborative Board as Business Coalition Partner or join one of our other committees
  • Host a Lunch and Learn series at your company
  • Learn about our Family-Friendly Business Award
  • Support working families with reliable resources and referral linkages
  • Earmark corporate charitable funds for early childhood projects


"Quality early education for at-risk children can produce an annual rate of return as high as 16% - higher than most stock portfolios. It should be at the top of any state's economic development agenda." - Art Rolnick, Senior Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Lunch and Learn Available to Local Businesses

Most businesses in the community have employees who have young children. The Great Start Collaborative (GSC) offers a FREE 6 week educational experience called Lunch & Learn for businesses (large and small) within Saginaw County, If you would like to learn more about the Lunch & Learn program and how it can benefit your employees, contact Julie Kozan at
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Do you know of a Great Business who is family-friendly? Nominated them for the Family-Friendly Spotlight?


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Lunch and Learn

Are you a Business who would like to provide an easy way to educate your employees about parenting issues? Contact Julie Kozan about Lunch & Learn.

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