Leadership NOW Opens Application, Selection Period for 2017 Cohort


Information Sessions to be held in late October, early November

(FLINT, Mich., Oct. 20, 2016) – Leadership NOW – an intensive leadership development program for professionals who work and/or live in Genesee County –  is seeking candidates for its next cohort, which will begin Jan. 20. The year-long program will host six information sessions in late October and early November. Read More »

60 Days to Improved Quality of Life: Flint & Genesee Chamber, Deloitte and Flint Mayor Karen Weaver Launch Initiative to Benefit Flint Residents

(FLINT, Mich. – October 13, 2016) Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, with pro-bono support from Deloitte, announced today the recent launch of Flint Sprint, an innovative initiative that aims to help improve the quality of life for Flint citizens within 60 days.

Michigan businesses will provide ‘on-the-ground’, pro-bono support to Flint community organizations. These businesses and educators will be paired with community organizations based on the needs of the project and their respective experience. Projects are identified as “sprints” as they are expected to be completed quickly, from approximately Oct. 1 to Nov. 30, 2016.

To date, a number of businesses have committed to pro bono support of the projects including: AT&T, Rush Trucking, Consumers Energy, Downtown Detroit Partnership, Quest4, and ChoiceTel, among others.

“Flint Sprint will have a great impact on the well-being of our community from improved customer service delivery to better access to health and wellness, more resources for small businesses and increased literacy among toddlers,” said Tim Herman, CEO, Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce. “It will also show the powerful role that public-private collaborations can play in solving problems.”

The concept for Flint Sprint builds on the momentum from the Moving Flint Forward Leadership Summit, sponsored by Deloitte, Flint & Genesee Chamber, Detroit Regional Chamber, Michigan Chamber of Commerce and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, held June 14, 2016.

The Summit, a business and community development initiative, was launched to address the negative impact of the Flint water emergency and position the Flint-area as a viable place to conduct business, live, work and play.

Since the Summit, the Flint & Genesee Chamber has met with key civic, nonprofit and community organizations to identify high-impact projects that align with Flint Sprint’s objectives; and with Deloitte have sought out corporate collaborators who are interested in sponsoring one of the projects.

“Flint Sprint exemplifies the core values of Deloitte’s Corporate Citizenship program,” explained Mark Davidoff, Michigan Managing Partner, Deloitte LLP.  “At Deloitte, we work to promote a stronger economy and society by serving the public interest, driving measurable change in our communities, and inspiring leadership in others. It’s an honor to work with the Flint & Genesee Chamber and with Mayor Weaver to help move Flint further along in its recovery.”

“We are excited about the official launch of the Flint Sprint project and how this partnership can help us as we work towards recovering from the devastating effects of the man-made water disaster,” said Mayor Weaver. “The success of this unique effort will enable us to see significant change and progress in several key areas in a relatively short amount of time. We want to thank Deloitte and the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce for joining us in this effort to make a positive impact and helping move Flint forward on the road to recovery.”

Core focus areas for the initiatives include public safety, infrastructure, health and wellness, education, awareness and communication, transportation, and talent development.

Sample projects supported by various corporate organizations include:

  • AT&T/City of Flint – IT Improvement. Perform needs analysis to determine specific requirements around enterprise Wi-Fi for City Hall (number of access points, wiring, etc.)
  • Consumers Energy/City of Flint – Public Lighting. Provide financial analysis to determine city-wide pricing for light conversion, recommendations on funding sources, and begin the conversion process.
  • Rush Trucking/Hamilton Health Clinic – Hispanic Community Outreach and Marketing. Translate Hamilton Health outreach materials and marketing plan for the Spanish-speaking community.
  • Epic.org/Mass Transportation Authority (MTA) – Rides to Wellness – IT Coordination. Develop a systematic process for identifying, purchasing and implementing software/hardware solutions for Rides to Wellness.
  • Downtown Detroit Partnership/City of Flint – Conduct a needs assessment to pursue funding for a high definition camera program for police monitoring.

Click here to view all Flint Sprint projects.


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$98K in Grants to Support Youth Enrichment, Teen Employment Programs

grants(FLINT, Mich. – Oct. 12, 2016) – The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce today announced the receipt of $98,500 from several organizations in support of quality afterschool programming and pre-employment training to Genesee County youth and teens. Read More »

Flint & Genesee Chamber Welcomes New Members in September

(FLINT, Mich., Oct. 11, 2016) –The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce today announced continued growth in its membership, with nine area businesses joining the organization in September. These new members represent a wide range of industries and are actively contributing to the success and economic activity of this region. Read More »


FLINT, Mich. – Kettering University President Dr. Robert K. McMahan and U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams today announced that three organizations in the city of Flint will receive Economic Development Administration (EDA) grants totaling $2.5 million to construct a Mobility Research Center at Kettering University; establish a University Center for Community and Economic Development at the University of Michigan-Flint; and create a brownfield redevelopment accelerator for the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce.   Read More »

‘Art of Achievement Awards’: Call for Nominations

(FLINT, Mich. – Sept. 28, 2016) The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce and the Convention and Visitors Bureau will recognize business excellence and community leadership with the third-annual Art of Achievement Awards. Nominations are open for the area’s premier awards celebration.

The Art of Achievement honors outstanding business and community leadership in Flint & Genesee. Nominations for 2016 are being sought in the following business and hospitality categories: Read More »

Craft Food & Beverage Business Contest Announced

(Flint, Mich. – Sept. 14, 2016) The I-69 Thumb Region today launched the Catapult Your Craft Food & Beverage Business Contest, with cash prizes for local and regional winners totaling $30,000.

The Catapult Your Craft Food & Beverage Business Contest aims to assist entrepreneurs and small business owners with starting or growing their craft food or beverage businesses.  In doing so, the competition will help retain and cultivate Michigan businesses in several ways:

  • Providing capital to expand production and increase jobs;
  • Growing activity that adds value to Michigan’s agricultural commodities; and
  • Expanding economic activity in communities throughout the region.

“This is an opportunity to support and encourage more businesses in the region to leverage Michigan’s strengths in agriculture,” said Janice Karcher, Vice President of Economic Development at the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce. “The contest aims to help craft food and beverage businesses scale up, and serve customers beyond the immediate area.”

The I-69 Thumb Region includes Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair and Tuscola counties. Each of the seven participating economic development organizations will hold a county-level competition, with a $2,000 prize for first place and $1,000 for second place. Read More »

Flint & Genesee Chamber Welcomes New Members in August

(FLINT, Mich., Sept. 12, 2016) –The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce today announced continued growth in its membership, with 18 area businesses joining the organization in August. These new members represent a wide range of industries and are actively contributing to the success and economic activity of this region.

“We’re pleased to welcome our new members to the Flint & Genesee Chamber,” said Tim Herman, CEO of the Chamber. “They have joined hundreds of business owners and managers working with the Chamber to move the economy forward and make Flint and Genesee County a better place to work, live and play. And we’re excited to have them join us.” Read More »

Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium 2016 Announces New Business Challenge Competitions for Flint

#UES2016 brings business innovators, academics and community leaders together to solve urban problems using for-profit business solutions

(DETROIT – Sept. 8, 2016) The Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative is pleased to announce the details of two new business challenge competitions in conjunction with the third annual Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium, to be held Oct. 19 to 21 in Flint. The 2016 Symposium (#UES2016) follows sold-out events in Detroit in 2015 and Ann Arbor in 2014 and convenes entrepreneurs and thought leaders in business, academia, community organizations and government to facilitate business solutions that bring economic opportunity and quality of life improvements to urban communities.  The announcement was made by W. David Tarver, founder and president of the Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative and the chief event organizer.

“Urban entrepreneurship isn’t a social program, it’s business innovation that produces needed products and services for urban communities, or makes a significant number of jobs available to urban residents,” Tarver said. “The business challenge competitions represent urban entrepreneurship in action and address specific areas of concern for Flint and other cities.” Read More »

Fall Enrollment Opens for TeenQuest Pre-Employment, Leadership Training

runningCountywide Afterschool Program Kicks Off First Session Sept. 19

(FLINT, Mich. – Sept. 8, 2016) TeenQuest – a pre-employment and leadership training program designed to prepare Genesee County youth for success in the 21st-century workplace – has released its 2016-17 schedule. Enrollment is open to all students, ages 14-19 in grades 9-12, in Genesee County.

TeenQuest will be offered four times during the current school year. The first session will be held from Sept. 19 to Oct. 20 at the following locations:

  • Carman-Ainsworth High School, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
  • International Academy of Flint, 4-6 p.m.
  • Northwestern High School, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Southwestern Classical Academy, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Read More »