We offer a variety of training to enhance the knowledge and skills of the community

Tim Herman, Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce CEO

Tim Herman, CEO

August 12, 2015

While economic development is an important focus for the Flint & Genesee Chamber, we recognize that a key way to strengthen our economy is to invest in enhancing the knowledge and skills of the community. Our goal: increase the number of forward-thinking leaders, and well-educated and well-trained workers.

With this in mind, we offer a wide range of training and workforce programs that are designed to help educate our members on issues related to the community and issues business professionals may face.

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Strong Signs of Improved Development Prospects

Strong Signs of Improved Development ProspectsAugust 12, 2015

Now midway through 2015 and with a half year of outreach behind it, the Economic Development team at the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce reports that the prospects for new investment have brightened considerably. Moreover, Flint & Genesee continues to benefit from the resurgent interest in Michigan.

The Chamber’s ED staff have attended numerous events – including last month’s forum in Petoskey sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and June’s TrustBelt Conference in Columbus – to promote the assets and image of Flint & Genesee while building relationships with site consultants and companies. The intent is to attract new investment to the region in manufacturing, food processing, medical technology, supply chain and back office operations. The feedback gleaned from these trade missions has been encouraging.

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Meet the Inaugural Class of Leadership NOW

Leadership NOW

August 12, 2015

Leadership NOW – an intensive, year-long leadership development program – is underway with an inaugural class of 11 high-potential leaders who live and/or work Genesee County.

Over the next 10 months, the program will provide one-one-one executive coaching as well as group learning sessions covering building and managing a diverse team; creating and implementing a vision; developing followership; following through; and achieving results.

Leadership NOW is collaborative partnership of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Genesee County, and goes far beyond lessons in theory, according to George Wilkinson, Group Vice President at the Chamber.

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FGCC/CVB Joins the Roster of Crim Sponsors

Crim Festival of RacesAugust 12, 2015

The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) have signed on in support of the area’s premier fitness and community-showcase event. The CVB will sponsor the Festival Lot and the USATF Masters One Mile National Championship at the 2015 HealthPlus Crim Festival of Races.

In addition, the FGCC and CVB will have a booth at the Crim Health and Fitness Expo on August 20-21 at the Riverfront Conference Center.

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Lunch & Learn: Advertising Layout & Design

Lunch & Learn


August 12, 2015

A strong design is key to a successful advertisement. But what makes it strong? Are you hitting on all the needed components? Is the design effective for the placement (billboard vs print vs digital, etc.)?

In this session, we’ll talk about and show case studies on what makes an effective ad, and the importance of recognizing how the medium plays into your overall design and layout.

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Hot Rods & Hot Dogs Annual Member Appreciation Cookout

August 12, 2015

Come join us at the best party of the year! Hot Rods & Hot Dogs is the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Member Appreciation Cookout that everyone looks forward to and can’t stop talking about!

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I-69 Thumb Regional Manufacturing Coalition forms LinkedIn Group

I-69 Thumb Region

August 12, 2015

The I-69 Thumb Regional Manufacturing Coalition has launched a LinkedIn group to help bolster the region’s competitiveness and investment in the manufacturing sector. The networking group page also provides a venue to showcase manufacturers, their products and job openings while encouraging local purchasing and talent recruitment.

“The I-69 Thumb Region’s scope of work includes development in manufacturing and agri-business, as well as expansion of regional marketing and communications efforts,” said Janice Karcher, Vice President of Economic Development for the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce. “Advanced manufacturing has long been a focus of regional economic development work because of the economic significance of this sector. The new manufacturing coalition will contribute to these goals.”

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Career Edge Workshops Address Job Search, Interview Preparation

Career Edge workshops

August 12, 2015

Research shows that job seekers who participate in workforce training programs are nearly three times more likely to secure a job than those who do not.

And while the Chamber’s Career Edge workshop series – which kicks off this month – doesn’t guarantee job placement, it does offer participants the opportunity to learn critical skills, such as writing a targeted cover letter and a general understanding of business etiquette.

“These workshops are very in-depth, to the point of explaining who should sit first during an interview and whether or not you should ask for a drink of water,” said Rhetta Hunyady, Vice President, Education & Training, Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce. “Participants should be sure to bring note-taking materials as the courses will cover a lot of ground.”

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Smart Snacking, or How to Break Up with Your Office Vending Machine

PistachiosAugust 12, 2015

Let’s say you eat lunch around noon, followed by dinner at 6 p.m. That’s a long stretch to go without eating.

Add in the stressors of work, combined with the availability of a vending machine or nearby convenience store, and it’s no surprise if you end up eating a bag or two of chips in the late afternoon.

“What you snack on shouldn’t be a surprise,” says Christina Schumann, a registered dietitian who works at Genesys Athletic Club. “Planning ahead is very important. When you pack your lunch or set aside money for eating out, you should be thinking about your snacks at the same time.”

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4 Business & Leadership Reads

August 12, 2015

Check out these articles that may prove helpful as you run your business, provide leadership tips and strategies or spur creativity in your organization. The articles were selected from a variety of publications and websites such as FortuneInc.Fast CompanyNew York Times and Wall Street Journal.

Forbes Resource Center: How to build a small business

How 12 Companies Make Meetings Memorable, Effective, and Short 

The fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs in America

Why Building Your Business Comes Before Building Your Brand