Moving Flint Forward Continues into Autumn

September 21, 2016

Tim Herman, CEO

Tim Herman, CEO

In addition to the warmer than usual weather we had in Michigan this summer, there was an extraordinary amount of activity taking place to help move Flint beyond the water crisis.

Some of the activity was making sure that basic human needs were met. Some was addressed through focused medical attention and nutrition for families. While other activity focused on helping small and minority-owned businesses stay afloat.

As we enter the fall season, the activity continues through key forums.  On Sept. 22, through the Pure Michigan Business Connect program, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation in partnership with the Flint & Genesee Chamber and Small Business Association of Michigan is hosting a Business Summit in Flint.  The goal of this invitation-only Summit is to match qualified Michigan suppliers to a variety of buyers from different industries to fill procurement gaps. There are about 300 suppliers registered to meet one on one with nearly 50 buyers. This is a great opportunity for our local businesses. Read More »

Craft Food & Beverage Business Contest Announced

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The I-69 Thumb Region has 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. Read More »

Art of Achievement: Call for Nominations

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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:

Business Awards

  • CEO Business Award
  • Small Business Award
  • Minority Owned Business Award
  • Claire M. White Award
  • Young Professional Leader Award
  • Nonprofit Impact Award

Hospitality Awards

  • Gloria J. DeHart Award
  • Hospitality Ambassador Award
  • Frontline Ambassador Award
  • Restaurant of the Year Award
  • Hotel of the Year Award
  • Community Champion Award

Nominations are open to for-profit businesses, nonprofits and individuals in Genesee County, and are due Oct. 21 via online submission. Self-nomination is also permissible. Sponsorships are also available.

This year’s awards will be presented Nov. 15 at the Flint Institute of Arts. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased online here.

For more information about the awards and sponsorships contact Heather Kale at (810) 600-1427 or

New Members: September 2016

To become a member, contact Heather Kale at or (810) 600-1427, or Steven Elkins at or (810) 600-1419.

Mpowered Electrical Services, LLC
7059 Granada Drive
Flint, MI 48502
(810) 962-0216
Contact: Tarik Bey-Woodson

Tranquility Estates
4069 E. Cook Rd.
Grand Blanc, MI 48439
(810) 730-8953
Contact: Rene Parks

Talecris Plasma Resources – Dort Hwy
2840 S. Dort Hwy.
Flint, MI 48507
(810) 743-2025
Contact: Jason Moore

5800 Gratiot Rd.
Saginaw, MI 48638
(248) 458-7899
Contact: Michael Ponke

Rebeca Anderson – Keller Williams Realty
10785 S. Saginaw St., Ste. E
Grand Blanc, MI 48439
(810) 515-1503
Contact: Rebeca Anderson

Mt. Olive Community Development Corporation
424 E. Kennelworth Ave.
Flint, MI 48503
(810) 597-9020
Contact: Anthony Ennis

Liberty Tax Service
3046 W. Pierson Rd.
Flint, MI 48504
(810) 230-1052
Contact: Angela Byrd

Fabiano Brothers, Inc.
1885 Bevanda Court
Bay City, MI 48706
(989) 509-0200
Contact: John Bicknell

601 South Saginaw Street
Flint, MI 48502
(810) 221-3646
Contact: Jon Blanchard






Michigan Lumber Co. Celebrates 100 Years

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The oldest, continuously operating lumber company in Genesee County on Sept. 28 will celebrate a century of business with a birthday party at its headquarters in Flint.

Michigan Lumber Company is a third-generation, family-owned business that operates at the same location on Clifford Street as it did on Nov. 6, 1916 – the date of its incorporation.

The company will commemorate its 100-year anniversary with a party for employees, retirees, customers and well-wishers. The program, which runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., will include lunch and the presentation of a commemorative plaque.

Michigan Lumber prides itself on maintaining the tradition established by its forefathers, which is to provide customers with the finest quality lumber products and premier service by an exceptionally experienced staff. Read More »

3 Tips for Creating a Culture of Empowerment

September 21, 2016


An empowered workforce is critical to a company’s success. It translates into increased business productivity and more growth opportunities.

But how does a business go about empowering its employees?

“When people think of empowerment, they often think of it happening in a one-on-one setting,” said Betsy Haigh, founder of Awaken Leadership Center. “But when you’re leading an organization, you can’t do it all by yourself. That’s why it’s important to create a workplace culture that supports empowerment and trust.”

On Tuesday, Sept. 27, Haigh will cover how to create a culture of empowerment at Baker College of Flint. The session, which runs from noon to 1 p.m., will discuss how to communicate, build trust and other key topics for managers and leaders. Read More »

There’s Still Time to Register for the ‘Fall 4 Fitness’ Challenge

September 21, 2016


The 2016 Commit to Fit: Fall 4 Fitness Challenge is nearly here!
The annual challenge – which kicks off Oct. 1 and runs through Oct. 31 – calls on employees of area businesses, organizations and community groups to complete just 35 minutes of physical activity a day.

The competition will launch with a kickoff event on Friday, Sept 30 in downtown Flint. Attendees will participate in team relay races, enjoy a healthy lunch, and hear from NBC’s Most Successful Biggest Loser, Pete Thomas.

To earn points, individuals can track their activity at For easy entry, participants can also sync their wearable fitness device or favorite mobile apps to the website. Read More »

Meet the Buyer – Mini Series

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This fall, the Region 6 Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) unveiled its revamped Meet the Buyer program, which helps connect businesses with buyers in select industries.

PTAC has replaced the single large expo, which was held in January, with the Meet the Buyer Mini Series. Instead of a one-time event featuring multiple buyers across a range of industries, the mini-series is a more targeted approached built around showcasing one buyer per event, said Stacy Betts, PTAC Regional Director.

“The format features a single buyer who will have 20 minutes to share information about their organization and what they buy,” said Betts. “Suppliers will have then have an opportunity to briefly present their company’s capabilities. The event will be repeated at several different locations during the year. Read More »

More Exposure and Engagement Opportunities for Members in 2017

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The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce is introducing several changes in 2017 to enhance membership value through improved exposure, marketing and engagement opportunities for current and prospective members.

The changes include adding a new database management software, called ChamberMaster, that will provide members with more tools for online promotion, marketing and networking. The Chamber is also restructuring Lunch is On Us, establishing a permanent location for the monthly networking luncheon, and incorporating sponsorships and a nominal attendance fee.

“We work hard to identify and understand our members’ needs, and to find the best solutions,” said Heather Kale, Director of Member Services. “Every business and individual are different, and meeting them where they are is important to us.

“Being creative and receptive to feedback is a huge part of our collective success. That’s why I am really excited about providing new and different support for our membership!” Read More »

‘See Entertaining’ Weekly Bureau Bulletin

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See what’s happening in and around Flint & Genesee, as autumn officially begins tomorrow (Sept. 22).

Kick off the seasonal fun by visiting one of the area’s orchard and cider mills. Or celebrate the solstice during a magical paddle ride along the Flint River on Sept. 22 at the Fall Equinox Evening Paddle hosted by the Flint River Watershed Coalition. The 1½-hour paddle takes place in Birch Run from 5-6:30 p.m. Contact Jamie Welch at or call (810) 767-7140 for details, or visit

Enjoy cool nights with some cool jazz at Flint’s monthly “JazzNite,” on Sept. 22. From 4-8:30 p.m., stroll Flint’s downtown and surrounding neighborhood’s while listening to the smooth sounds of Jazz. Partici­pating venues include The White Horse Tavern (621 W. Court Street) with Pat Cronley & Friends from 5-7:30 p.m.; and Knob Hill Bed & Breakfast (1105 South Drive) from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

If you’re looking for more of an edge, the Machine Shop (3539 S. Dort Highway) hosts live rock-n-roll, metal and outlaw country events weekly. On Friday, 711 Entertainment presents the Autumn Showcase with Red Stone Souls, The Mud Suns, Ana and Death of the Party. Austin John Winkler, formerly of Hinder, will perform Sept. 24, with special guests Fear Blind and Everyday Ghost. Shows are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.

For this week’s complete ‘See Entertaining’ bulletin, click here.