I-69 Thumb Region Honors Local Exporters

September 23, 2015

Today, five businesses were honored for their business results in exporting from the I-69 Thumb Region, which includes Genesee, Lapeer, Huron, Sanilac, St. Clair, Shiawassee and Tuscola counties.  More than 130 business, civic and education leaders were on hand as Exporter of the Year awards were presented during the I-69 Thumb Annual Regional Summit in Flint.

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Perception of Manufacturing Must Catch Up to Reality

Tim Herman, Flint & Genesee Chamber CEO

Tim Herman, CEO

This year the United States will recognize National Manufacturing Day (NMD) on Oct. 2. The goal is to celebrate modern manufacturing and inspire the next generation of manufacturers.

Over the decades, the sector has changed significantly. Today’s advanced manufacturing is high tech, clean spaces with state-of-the-art equipment, and goes beyond the automotive industry to include plastics, energy, electronics, and food processing to name a few.

In recognition of NMD, the Flint & Genesee Chamber and higher education institutions will join local manufacturers to dispel the myths about the sector, raise awareness about career opportunities that are available in a variety of fields and shed light on the fact that there are not enough skilled workers for the open positions in manufacturing companies.

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The Art of Achievement Awards Accepting Nominations

September 23, 2015

The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 12 will again recognize business excellence and community leadership with the second annual Art of Achievement Awards. Nominations are now open for the area’s premier awards celebration.

The Art of Achievement honors outstanding business and community leadership in Flint & Genesee, and the artful ways in which companies, organizations and individuals have distinguished themselves in 2015. Nominations are being sought in the following business and hospitality categories:

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Mini Expo for Food-based Start-up Businesses

Mini Expo for Food-based Start-up Businesses

September 23, 2015

Starting your food-oriented small business can be more than just a dream. If it is your desire to earn the rewards of your culinary skills by starting a food-based business, then this event is for you.

Join the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce and the eTEAM to discover the tools and steps necessary to get your business started. The expo will provide an array of information from labeling and licensing, to where products can be sold and much more.  You will have a chance to meet and hear about eTEAM member organizations, and community resource partners will be available to provide all kinds of business start-up assistance.

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Career Edge Looks to Expand, Seeks Collaborative Opportunities

Career Edge Looks to Expand, Seeks Collaborative OpportunitiesSeptember 23, 2015

The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce is seeking local organizations and churches interested in hosting pre-employment training for unemployed individuals in the community.

The Career Edge workshop series addresses all aspects of the job-search process and is available at no cost to host-organizations or those in attendance.

“We want to make this program accessible to the people who need it most,” said Rhetta Hunyady, Vice President of Education & Training at the Chamber. “What better way to do that than by partnering with local organizations that are already working with the unemployed? Let’s take the program to the participants.”

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The Small Business Owner’s Guide to Private Exchanges

Choosing the right health insurance policy for your employees can be a difficult and time-consuming task. Trying to select the perfect plan that will fit the needs of the majority of your employees takes a lot of time and effort—time and effort you could be spending on other aspects of your company. That’s where private exchanges can help.

Private exchanges are a way to put the power of choosing a health insurance plan in the hands of your employees. Through an interactive, online marketplace, employees are able to shop for health plans that fit their individualized needs. Private exchanges help simplify the whole health plan selection process, providing you with more time to attend to other company needs.  Think of it as an online benefits store. You provide an allowance to employees, and they go shopping for benefits that meet their needs.

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Get Involved: YouthQuest, TeenQuest Offer Job and Vendor Opportunities

Get Involved: YouthQuest, TeenQuest Offer Job and Vendor OpportunitiesSeptember 23, 2015

The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce’s YouthQuest and TeenQuest programs have immediate openings for staff and vendors, and there’s one key requirement to apply.

“You must enjoy working with the students,” said Sharri Newman, Director of YouthQuest, a comprehensive, afterschool program that serves approximately 2,000 students (K-12) in Flint & Genesee. “Both of these programs aim to provide an engaging learning experience, and it’s critical that the people involved are passionate about that mission.”

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New Members: September 2015

To become a member, contact Heather Kale at hkale@flintandgenesee.org or (810) 600-1427 or Amber Taylor at ataylor@flintandgenesee.org or (810) 600-1419.

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Health & Wellness in the Workplace: Reducing Stress with a Well-Planned Vacation

Health & Wellness in the WorkplaceSeptember 23, 2015

Each year, American workers forfeit about 429 million vacation days, according to the U.S. Travel Association. The top reason for forgoing PTO? Not wanting to face a mountain of work upon their return.

Not surprisingly, these workers – particularly those who leave more than 11 days unused – are more likely to cite high stress levels at work.

Those who use their vacation days, on the other hand, report returning to work feeling recharged and refreshed (67 percent), more focused (32 percent) and less stressed (40 percent).

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Flint Health Centers Awarded Nearly $600,000 in ACA Funding

September 23, 2015

Two Flint-based health centers will receive $561,180 from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of the nearly $500 million in Affordable Care Act funding announced Sept. 15.

Genesee Health System and Hamilton Community Health Network, Inc. will receive $242,768 and $318,412, respectively, to expand their primary care services.

In a statement, HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell said the funds will support health centers nationwide in providing primary care services to those who need them most.  The awards include approximately $350 million for 1,184 health centers to increase access to services such as medical, oral, behavioral, pharmacy, and vision care. Nearly $150 million will be awarded to 160 health centers for facility renovation, expansion, or construction to increase patient or service capacity.

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