Michigan State University Extension - Ionia County
50 East Sprague Road
Ionia, Michigan 48846
Greening Michigan Institute
Senior Extension Educator Brenda Long served as the Family and Consumer Sciences Educator in Ionia County from 2002 until the MSU Extension restructuring in 2010, when Long’s responsibilities expanded to six mid-Michigan counties, including Montcalm, Gratiot, Clinton, Eaton, Ingham. Long has been responsible for planning, promoting, conducting and evaluating education programs focused on financial capacity, home buyer, foreclosure prevention and health insurance education. As current co-chair of the Financial and Homeownership workteam, Long has been instrumental in developing and/or training for regional and statewide programs that enhance county programs. She has also been the Principal Investigator for several federal grants and supervises one Program Instructor.
March 21, 2017 | Add mortgage insurance to costs if your down payment is below 20 percent when buying a home.
March 7, 2017 | Break the underearning cycle and increase your income.
March 6, 2017 | Increase your knowledge about what your insurance plan offers and includes.
February 28, 2017 | Saving is the secret to success in personal finance.
February 21, 2017 | The IRS offers credits to save more for your retirement.
February 21, 2017 | IRS and Michigan tax credits add up to huge savings for those who qualify.
February 21, 2017 | Cost-effective strategies to save money and get care when you need it.
February 7, 2017 | You’re on your own to make later-life financial decisions.
February 1, 2017 | Are you planning a housing move, car purchase, landmark family celebration, dream vacation or education toward a better job? Commit to saving small amounts now to make it easier to fit into your spending plan.
January 26, 2017 | Be aware of 2016 IRS tax filing requirements to report your health insurance coverage.