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 »


Genesee County Recognized as Certified Connected Community

Technology Action Plan and priority goals presented

(GENESEE COUNTY, Mich. – Aug. 31, 2016) – Connect Michigan applauds the efforts of Genesee County, Michigan, for achieving certification under Connected Nation’s Connected Community Engagement Program. Today, Connect Michigan presented Genesee County’s certification and its Technology Action Plan before the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, University of Michigan-Flint representatives, Genesee County Board of Commissioners, and community stakeholders. The release of this plan follows months of extensive analysis of the community’s broadband and technology standing and understanding its technology goals for the future. The Technology Action Plan gives step-by-step action items to ensure Genesee County reaches those technology goals.

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I-69 Thumb Region Agri-Tourism Directory Makes Buying Local Easy

(FLINT, Mich. – Sept. 1, 2016) Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer and the start of the harvest season, otherwise known as fall. As the temperature begin to cool and the air turns crisp, our tastes in outdoor fun and food tend to take on a different flavor, too.

To help plan your day trip or weekend excursion, check out the online I-69 Thumb Region’s Agri-Tourism Directory.

Covering seven counties in eastern Michigan (Shiawassee, Genesee, Lapeer, St. Clair, Sanilac, Huron and Tuscola), the I-69 Thumb Region offers a range of agricultural richness. Moreover, the agri-tourism directory contains a smorgasbord of venues, including breweries and wineries, farms, farmers’ markets, meat processors and packing houses, orchards and specialty shops. Read More »



Local Employers Seek to Fill Job Openings at Flint & Genesee Chamber Job Fair

Things to Do In Genesee County, MI

Job Seekers Encouraged to Attend Free ‘Career Edge’ Training Before Event

(FLINT, Mich. – Aug. 23, 2016) Local employers looking to fill full- and part-time positions will meet with job seekers during the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce Job Fair on Sept. 23 at Baker College of Flint.

The FGCC Job Fair is free and open to the public, who will have access to the event from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The event will kick off one hour earlier for alumni of the TeenQuest and Career Edge pre-employment training programs.

Attendees who would like to take advantage of the early access are encouraged to complete Career Edge, a free, four-day workshop series that will be offered three times before the job fair. It will be held Sept. 8, 9, 15 and 16 at Durant-Tuuri-Mott Elementary (1518 University Ave., Flint); Sept. 12-16 at My Brother’s Keeper (101 N. Grand Traverse St., Flint) and Sept. 19-22 at Eisenhower Elementary (1235 Pershing St., Flint).

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‘Mr. B’s Joybox Express’ Rallies Supporters for Musical Bike Ride from Flint to Mackinac Island

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Yearlong ‘Sprint 4 Flint’ Fundraising Campaign to Benefit YouthQuest Afterschool Program

(FLINT, Mich. – Aug. 19, 2016) An Ann Arbor-based nonprofit is launching a yearlong fundraising campaign that will benefit the YouthQuest After School Initiative and culminate with an especially unique journey – one that involves transporting a 385-pound piano on a tricycle built for three from Flint to Mackinac Island. Read More »



Fall Enrollment Kicks Off for YouthQuest Afterschool Initiative

Things to Do In Genesee County, MI, YouthQuest photoAfterschool Program Introduces Intercession Programming for Freeman Elementary

(FLINT, Mich., Aug. 12, 2015) – Registration for YouthQuest – a free, afterschool program administered by the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce – will kick off this month at 14 schools across multiple school districts in Flint and Genesee County.

Now in its seventh year, the program offers high-quality activities and services that encourage academic achievement; physical fitness; the exploration of science, technology, engineering, arts and math; the development important life skills; and more. Read More »



Flint & Genesee Chamber Welcomes New Members in July

(FLINT, Mich., Aug. 2, 2016) –The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce today announced continued growth in its membership, with 11 area businesses joining the organization in July. These new members represent a wide range of industries and are actively contributing to the success and economic activity of this region. Read More »