First impressions…

Tim Herman, Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce CEO

Tim Herman, CEO

November 30, 2015

We’ve all heard the saying “first impressions are often lasting impressions.” And if you live or work in the Flint area, you understand exactly what this means. Even if the impression was made 20 years ago.

That’s why I’m very excited that our Convention & Visitors Bureau team is rolling out an industry recognized certification program called Certified Tourism Ambassador or CTA. The program helps to increase tourism by training hospitality workers, as well as private and public sector employees to deliver a consistent brand experience to visitors.

Marketing a destination is very important, and we’re doing our fair share of that. However, not nearly as much effort is spent on the experience that visitors have while they’re here in Flint & Genesee.

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Local Employers Encouraged to Join in TeenQuest Mock Interviews on Dec. 1

TeenQuest’s Mock InterviewNovember 30, 2015

Is your business looking to fill part-time, entry-level job openings? Consider meeting with potential applicants by participating in TeenQuest’s mock interview process.

High school students who attend the five-week workshop series are trained in a variety of employment and leadership skills, and are required to complete mock interviews to graduate from the afterschool program.

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Wanted: 2016 Community Champions

Flint & Genesee Convention & Visitors Bureau Community Champion

Kevin Babcock (right), 2015 Community Champion, poses with Bob Rummel, Chamber Operating Board Chair, during the 2015 Art of Achievement Awards.

November 30, 2015

The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce along with the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) recently honored this year’s Community Champion at the 2nd Annual Art of Achievement Awards.

While honoree Kevin Babcock, who took home the 2015 recognition, has returned to his normal routine as an unofficial ambassador of Flint & Genesee, work has quietly begun on identifying the 2016 Community Champion.

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Allegiant Lands in Flint with Flights to Florida as Low as $45

Allegiant airplaneAllegiant announces it is bringing its brand of ultra-low-cost travel and vacation packages to eastern Michigan, with new, nonstop service to Tampa / St. Pete and Orlando / Sanford beginning in April. The company, known for its exceptional travel deals, is offering one-way fares to Florida as low as $45*.

“We’re pleased to announce that eastern Michigan travelers now have new options for low-cost, nonstop travel to Florida,” said Jude Bricker, Allegiant senior vice president of planning. “We’re confident that local travelers will take advantage of these flights, and we look forward to making more vacations possible this spring.”

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CEOs Review Economic Progress, Discuss Statewide Prosperity at Summit

CEO summit hosted by Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM)November 30, 2015

Michigan’s economic future is threatened by a lack of cohesion behind a common strategy for growing the economy and prioritizing investments in areas that will improve the state’s overall competitiveness such as education and training beyond high school, innovation and assets and economic development according to panelists presenting at the CEO summit hosted by Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) in Detroit.

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New Members: November 2015

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

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‘Lunch is On Us’ Ends 2015 Series at the Dort

Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center logoNovember 30, 2015

The Chamber is gearing up for the December Lunch is On Us, which will be the final – and largest – LOU event of the year.

The free networking luncheon will be held for the first time at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center, with available seating for up to 300 attendees. In contrast, most LOU events have seating for 100 to 150 people.

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‘Grow Your Business’ Workshops

Editor’s Note: This workshop has been canceled and will be rescheduled in January. We apologize for any inconvenience that this has caused. Once the new date is set, we will communicate it broadly. Thanks as always for your interest in FGCC activities.

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Put on Your ‘Ugly Sweater’ and Come Network

PTAC Ugly Sweater Networking event‘Tis the season for ugly sweaters! The Region 6 PTAC will host its second quarterly networking event on Dec. 4 at the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, 519 S. Saginaw St. The fun begins at 8:30 a.m.

The event, which begins at 8:30 a.m., is more than just opportunity to mingle and socialize. It’s also a chance to show off your poor taste in holiday sweaters while creating pathways for potential joint ventures with your fellow government contractors. Register Now.

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6 Ways to Make the Most of Your Chamber Membership in 2016

Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce member benefitsNovember 30, 2015

Whether you’ve been a member since 1981 or just joined last month, the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce offers many benefits for your business.

“We have more than 1,000 businesses in our network, and there’s a good reason for that,” said Heather Kale, Director of Member Services. “We offer comprehensive resources – ranging from networking opportunities to training programs – that can help take your business to the next level.”

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