In Your Corner: Great response to recent Capitol Theatre announcement

Tim Herman, CEO

A healthy downtown is key to a strong community, and with the recent announcement about the Capitol Theatre, we are taking a significant step forward to becoming more healthy and vibrant.

The Friends of the Capitol Theatre, a subsidiary of the nonprofit Uptown Reinvestment Corporation (URC), announced that it has signed a purchase agreement with Capitol Theatre Building LLC (Farah Family) to acquire the iconic Capitol Theatre building.

This is an exciting milestone in the Capitol Theatre journey made possible by the preservation work that has been done to date. For that, I want to thank Troy Farah and his family. They have been great caretakers of the Theatre over the years. They are providing Friends/URC with a great foundation on which to renovate. And they will continue to be involved.

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B2B Summit 2015: Putting Workforce Excellence & Diversity to Work

The 2015 Business-to-Business Summit: Putting Workforce Excellence & Diversity to Work is an opportunity for businesses to learn how to recruit and hire people with disabilities.

The event takes place May 1, from 8:30-11 a.m., at the Genesys Conference & Banquet Center, 805 Health Park Blvd., in Grand Blanc. It is presented by the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce Disability Works Committee.

David Mulder, Director of Lansing Distribution for Meijer, is the keynote speaker. Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein are the guest speakers and will join the conference via a live video feed. Calley and Bernstein will also engage in a 20-minute question-and-answer session with the audience.

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Leadership NOW Information Sessions

Monday, May 4 through Thursday, May 7 – Times Vary

Location: Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, 519 S. Saginaw St., Flint (directions)

Cost: Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Leadership NOW is a comprehensive, professional development program for motivated people who want to give back to their community. Sessions are held monthly for one year and will provide essential resources and practical knowledge to transform you and your leadership capability.

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Morning Speaker Series to Highlight Cloud Computing for Small Business

The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with MLive Media Group to bring a new speaker series to local business owners and professionals in Flint and Genesee. First up on the agenda: Leveraging the Cloud for Small Business on May 21.

“The cloud truly is a game changer for small businesses,” said George Wilkinson, Group Vice President at the Chamber. “Companies of all sizes can use this technology to store information online, allowing employees to share files and access software no matter where they are. This presentation will highlight some of many ways businesses can benefit from cloud computing.”

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Candidate Endorsements Announced for Charter Commission; Vote ‘Yes’ on Proposal 1

The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee (PPC) has endorsed seven candidates in the May 5 election for the Flint Charter Review Commission. The PPC is also urging the Chamber’s 1,200-plus members and affiliates in Flint & Genesee, as well as all voters to vote “yes” on Proposal 1.

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Chamber Website Features New Events Photo Gallery

You ought to be in pictures. Chances are – if you’ve attended any Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce events lately – you are!

We’ve added a new gallery to the Chamber’s website home page that features photos from Chamber events, including our monthly Lunch is on Us outings, After Hours Wine Down, the Annual Meeting, the Young Professionals Committee’s Meet the Executives event, Jumpstart Conference, Meet the Buyer and more – and that’s just from the first few months of 2015!

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Adult Sports Leagues Lead to Improved Relationships, Health

The average, full-time employee in the United States already works about 47 hours a week, but research shows that there may be reasons to team up with co-workers after hours as well.

In 2010, a study from the University of Pretoria – South Africa found that colleagues who participated in a company-sponsored sports team gained trust and respect for each other as they socialized and worked toward a common goal. By improving their relationships and communication outside of work, the employees/teammates were more likely to experience reduced stress at the office.

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Interested in Working with Youth?

If you like working with youth and are looking for a job, the YouthQuest afterschool enrichment program has an opportunity for you.

The YouthQuest program has immediate openings for site team leaders and learning guides that will be up for grabs during an invitation-only job fair on Friday, May 15.

To be eligible for the job fair, interested applicants must submit a resume for review by 5 p.m. Monday, May 11. The YouthQuest office will invite all pre-qualified candidates for a brief information session and schedule an interview time.

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2015 SYI Employers Announced

More than a dozen Genesee County employers have been selected to provide jobs for hundreds of teens in the 2015 Summer Youth Initiative (SYI) administered by the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce.

Through SYI, local businesses can hire area students during the summer for half or less of their normal hiring and employment costs.

By hiring SYI applicants, employers have the opportunity to employ teens who are ages 14-18 and in grades 9-12. For-profit employers are eligible for a 50 percent match of the students’ salary for the first 90 days of employment.  Nonprofits compete for funding to pay 100 percent of employing the students.

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Register for YouthQuest Summer Program

Registration for the YouthQuest summer program will be held May 1-8. Space is limited, so students are encouraged to register early.

YouthQuest is a comprehensive, free afterschool program that serves more than 2,000 K-12 students. It is administered by the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce throughout the school year.

YouthQuest offers high-quality activities and services that encourage the exploration of new interests in the areas of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), and promotes academic achievement, physical fitness, youth leadership and volunteerism.

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