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Personal Financial Literacy, Safety Buzz & ESL

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May is Financial Literacy Month

We believe it is important to plan for your future. That’s why we are excited to announce the following financial literacy workshops in May. All employees and spouses/significant others are invited to attend these events. For questions , contact Chris Fennema by calling 616-534-4909 or emailing

Personal Financial Literacy  – Tuesday, May 7th at 4pm

KCI Training Room

This workshop is a nationwide training opportunity offered to ALL Kent Companies employees. Being fiscally fit means developing the right behaviors to lead you to financial independence. This workshop will address common financial challenges, how to increase cash flow, how to build an emergency fund and how to plan for your future. Attendees will gain practical skills to maximize your tax return or bonus check or to start a personal savings strategy. Click here to register for this event.

Retirement Planning for the 50+ Crowd

Tuesday, May 14th  4pm-5pm or Thursday, May 16th 4pm-5pm

KCI Training Room

This workshop presents strategies and resources for those with a shorter time horizon until retirement. Estate planning topics including wills & probate, property management, life insurance and trusts will be discussed. By attending this session, you will understand the estate options, tax basics, and lifetime saving and giving strategies you need to protect your assets and your family. Click here to register for this event.

Retirement Planning for 18-45 Year Olds

Tuesday, May 21st 4pm-5pm

KCI Training Room

This action-oriented session is designed to help you understand the value of saving for retirement today. Calculate your retirement investment goal and evaluate the investment options available to you. By attending this session, you’ll learn how the retirement strategies you enact today grow exponentially to support your retirement in the future. Click here to register for this event.


Stop Falls, Stand Down

Falls are a leading cause of death for workers, accounting for 381 of the 971 construction fatalities recorded in 2017 (BLS data). The 6th Annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction will take place next week. Join the Kent Team as we gather at Studio Park to raise awareness regarding the severity of fall hazards in construction and the importance of preventing them.

DATE: Tuesday May 7, 2019
TIME: 12:00 PM
PROJECT: StudioPark, Oakes Avenue, Grand Rapids, MI
PARKING: Parking available in nearby lots
LUNCH: Provided

Join the Safety Committee

The Safety Committee meets regularly to review safety procedures and generate ideas to keep you safe on the job. If you are a safety champion or have ideas to share, we want you on this committee. Contact David DeGraaf or Carl Aukeman for more information.


Kudos from Rockford Construction

Kudos to Jeremiah Kol, Troy Clinger and their team for exceptional safety on GRPS for Rockford Construction. Senior Project Manager Mike Gnewkowski shared comments from Rockford Superintendent Jeff Brakefield:

Thank you to Kent Companies for excellence with safety on GRPS. It is a real relief having someone of your caliber here that I do not have to worry about.

¡Nuevo! Clases de español a inglés

Kent Companies está planeando ofrecer nuevos talleres de español a inglés a nivel principiante, intermedio y avanzado. Esta es una oportunidad de capacitación pagada diseñada para el equipo de Kent Companies.

Para inscribirse en la próxima ronda de talleres de español a inglés, debe realizar una prueba de preselección para encontrar el mejor nivel de clase para usted. La prueba de preselección dura dos horas. No hay costo para esta prueba.

Recuerde, se le pagará para tomar el examen de preselección y para asistir a la capacitación de idiomas.

Fechas y horarios de las pruebas de pre-detección:
Laborables de 5 am a 7 am: 13 de mayo, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Fines de semana de 7am a 9am: 18 de mayo.

Ubicación de prueba:
Centro de alfabetización de West Michigan
1120 Monroe Ave. NOROESTE,
Suite 240
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Reserve su lugar:
Debe informar a su superintendente la fecha en que desea realizar la prueba de preselección.
¡Anunciaremos las fechas de clases de español a inglés pronto!


Save the Date: Thursday, May 30th – Grand Rapids

The Spring Make it Happen Employee Appreciation Event is scheduled for Thursday, May 30th at Crossroads Event Center. We’ll provide a hearty dinner, company-wide updates, cash giveaways and a gift for every employee. More information to follow. See you soon!