In Your Corner: Key Fundamentals in Place for 2015

Tim Herman, CEO

Greetings! I hope everyone had a great holiday season and you are looking forward to a prosperous 2015.

Last year there was a great deal of positive momentum and clear signs of a rebound as the region took steps to reinvent Flint & Genesee.

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No Wrong Door for Michigan Veterans

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency in partnership with Altarum Institute is seeking the participation of Veterans’ service leaders, providers and other stakeholders that support Veterans.  They are conducting community assessments and desire your participation in building the collaborative team in order to support the Veterans of Region 6 (Genesee, Lapeer, Huron, St. Clair, Shiawassee, Sanilac and Tuscola counties).

Please join us on January 22, 2015 from 1pm – 4pm at the University of Michigan Flint Campus located at 303 E Kearsley, Flint, MI 48502.  The meeting will take place in Michigan Rooms A and B.

Please register through this link if you would like to attend

For more information, download the MVAA brochure.

2014 SEE Photography Contest Winners Named

First Place – “Autumn Leaves” by Aaron Burden

When Aaron Burden accepted the challenge to photograph his view of Flint & Genesee, he hit the ground – literally – and it paid off.

Burden’s photo “Autumn Leaves” is the first-place winner of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce 2014 SEE Photography Contest. The photo was taken from ground level at Sunset Hills in Flint and features splendid fall colors.

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‘Meet the Buyer’ is Back

Meet the Buyer 2014

Selling yourself and your product can be a daunting task these days, and it seems as if potential buyers can smell fear when you show any uncertainty in your sales pitch. Thankfully, there is a way to get the practice you need when speaking with buyers during the Meet the Buyer event.

Now in its second year after an overwhelmingly successful launch in 2014, Meet the Buyer is a seminar that gives vendors a chance to present their product to over 20 potential buyers. The event is put on by the Procurement Technical Assistance Center of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the I-69 Thumb Region. This year’s Meet the Buyer event will be held Jan. 29 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Riverfront Banquet Center in downtown Flint.

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CVB Partners with Pure Michigan, Others to Promote Flint & Genesee

With indicators pointing to a growing tourism industry in 2014, the Flint & Genesee Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is hitting the ground running in the new year with continued partnerships and new campaigns to take promotion of Flint & Genesee to the next level.

The CVB is continuing its partnership with the successful Pure Michigan campaign while also teaming with television’s “Under the Radar Michigan” to promote tourism in Genesee County.

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Business training offered through FGCC’s Shared Services Center

The beginning of the year is often a time of reflection and projection. Businesses and their employees reflect on accomplishments of the previous year to determine which practices to continue, and begin to plan for the next year. Although this can be a reassuring time for some, it can be a difficult time for others.

The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce’s Shared Services team knows what it is like for businesses to have the challenging tasks of reflection and projection lying before them, and each year the team helps Chamber members do both to reach their full potential and the success they desire.

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Fenton Winery Hosts February Lunch Is On Us

Join the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce and Fenton Winery & Brewery for the February Lunch is on Us at the Fenton Winery. The networking event takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 11, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Come and enjoy the camaraderie and have a great time on us! Remember to bring plenty of business cards.

The Fenton Winery & Brewery Banquet Hall is located at 1370 N. Long Lake Road, Fenton, MI 48430. We hope to see you there!

Wine Down with Us at Fuddrucker’s

The February After Hours Wine Down is scheduled on Feb. 26, 5-7 p.m. at Fuddrucker’s in Flint.

After Hours Wine Down is a free event that makes for a great casual networking opportunity attended by several dozen Chamber members and catered with hors d’oeuvres. Hope you can join us!

Click here to register online or contact Heather Kale at 810-600-1427 or for more information.

Employers Sought for Summer Youth Initiative

Informational Session Planned for Feb. 4 for Companies

The invitations are in the mail for teens to attend an exclusive summer job fair. Now all that’s needed are the employers to give them jobs.

The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce is seeking companies interested in hiring graduates of its TeenQuest program for employment this summer.

TeenQuest is a pre-employment and leadership program for Flint & Genesee high school students ages 14-18. Graduates of the program are eligible to seek employment through the invitation-only Summer Youth Initiative (SYI) job fair.

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Historic Montage Company Reaching Out to Flint & Genesee Businesses

Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce member Community Creations Inc. has begun reaching out to area businesses as it looks to create a historic montage of buildings in Flint & Genesee.

The montages will detail our area’s past and present architecture, sights, people and history.

“They truly are a work of art,” said Cheryl DeFrain, Director of the Flint & Genesee Convention & Visitors Bureau. “I’m confident that businesses and attractions throughout Flint & Genesee will want to be featured. This is a visual community time capsule that is certain to become a treasured keepsake.”

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