Hot Dogs & Hot Rods Member Appreciation

August 10, 2016

An iconic Flint business will celebrate a century of serving Flint & Genesee at this year’s Hot Dogs & Hot Rods event during the Back to the Bricks cruise. Koegel Meats is 100 years old this year and is among several sponsors of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce annual member appreciation cookout, which will be held Aug. 18.

The members-only cookout features free food from the grill, along with complimentary beer and wine on the lawn of the Wade Trim Building.  Music will be provided for dancing and fun. RSVP is required. The event, which runs from 5-9 p.m., is free for members and their guests. Attendees must be 21 years of age.

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An August Experience: Classic cars, Bicycle Touring and The Crim



August 10, 2016

The region’s two largest events of the year happen this month in a show of hometown pride, heritage, and a commitment to fitness and wellness.

Whether it’s by automobile with Back to the Bricks, bicycle with the Assenmacher 100, or on foot with the HealthPlus Crim Festival of Races, the end of summer doesn’t go quietly in Flint & Genesee.

Each year, Back to the Bricks attracts more than a half-million car enthusiasts to Flint & Genesee to celebrate our love of the automobile and the area’s historic role in the automotive industry. The main event is preceded by a series of tune-up parties and promotion tours – which began this week – to whet your appetite for the main event day on Aug. 20 in the heart of Flint.

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2016 Flint Matchmaking Summit

August 10, 2016

The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Association of Michigan are partnering with Pure Michigan Business Connect to host the 2016 Flint Matchmaking Summit. The event will be held Sept. 22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Riverfront Banquet Center.

This invitation-only matchmaking initiative will match qualified Michigan suppliers to a variety of buyers from a variety of industries to fill procurement gaps. To be considered for an opportunity to attend the summit, click here to complete the application below by August 22.

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Attendance Edges Up for 2016 ‘Be a Tourist in Your Home Town’

August 10, 2016

“Be a Tourist in Your Home Town” set an attendance record in 2016, with an attendance up by more than 5 percent over last year.

Now in its fourth year, the July 16 event drew a 1028 participants compared 978 in 2015. Tourists had a choice of more than two dozen venues to visit all for $1, with complimentary transportation provided by the Mass Transportation Authority. Local residents participating in the event were also joined by visitors from Florida, New York, Texas, Virginia, Ontario, Mexico and Jamaica in touring the community.

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Leadership Reads: Marketing

August 10, 2016

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.

In this issue, Inside Business explores topics in marketing.

‘Pokémon Go’ is driving crazy sales at small local businesses — here’s how to cash in

10 Free Marketing Tools Every Entrepreneur Should Know About

The Unseen Opportunity You’re Missing on Amazon

Tim Cook On Apple’s Values, Mistakes, And Seeing Around Corners

 



2016 Wage and Benefit Survey Reveals Sustained Optimism in the Region

2016 I-69 Thumb Region Wage and Benefits SurveyAugust 10, 2016

The 2016 I-69 Thumb Region’s Wage and Benefit Survey has found that employers in the region remain bullish on hiring for the current year. The biennial report also shows the threat of layoffs remain low among companies that responded to the survey.

The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce along with economic development partners in the I-69 Thumb Region released the results of its biennial survey, which is conducted in collaboration with the University of Michigan-Flint.

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3 Reasons Employers Should Attend the FGCC Job Fair

3 Reasons Employers Should Attend the FGCC Job FairAugust 10, 2016

Employers looking to fill full- and part-time entry-level positions are invited to attend the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce Job Fair on Sept. 23.

According to Rhetta Hunyady, Vice President of Education & Training at the Flint & Genesee Chamber, there are several benefits to participating in the event as an employer. For instance:

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Boost Your Chances for Business Success with These 3 Self-Management Tips

August 10, 2016

When all the big business stuff is said and done – missions and vision statements written, strategies and systems set, values and cultures established – our long term success really comes down to this: the effectiveness with which we manage ourselves.

“The better we manage ourselves, the better we, the people around us and, ultimately, our businesses, will do,” said Ari Weinzweig, co-founder of Zingerman’s and author of the book Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 3: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Managing Ourselves.

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YouthQuest Evolves as Freeman Elementary Pilots a Balanced Calendar

August 10, 2016

By the time YouthQuest kicks off afterschool programming for most of its sites on Sept. 12, the program will already be three weeks underway at Freeman Elementary. The differing schedule is in response to the day school’s new balanced schedule – part of a pilot program through Flint Community Schools.

As part of the balanced calendar, Freeman will shorten its summer vacation in favor of implementing several short breaks, also referred to as intercessions, throughout the year. In total, they will attend school for the standard 180 days each year.

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Before & After: What a Difference an SYI Volunteer Day Makes

Eastlawn Drive, near Civic Park

August 10, 2016

More than 400 local teens took a break from their summer jobs last month to lead beautification projects in several Flint-area neighborhoods and parks. The young people, who are part of this year’s Summer Youth Initiative, helped fill more than eight large dumpsters in their efforts to leave the city better than they found it.

“The annual SYI Volunteer Service Day is one of the most important elements of our summer program,” said Rhetta Hunyady, Vice President of Education and Training at the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, which oversees TeenQuest/SYI. “Volunteering is a great way for teens to gain news skills, strengthen their resumes and make a positive impact in their community.”

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