Good things are happening despite being in the middle of a storm

Tim Herman, CEO

Tim Herman, CEO

June 29, 2016

When you look at the news headlines these days, the water crisis is still very much the subject of the day.  But over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been able to share some success stories that also have caught the attention of the news media.

On June 14, we hosted the Moving Flint Forward Leadership Summit, with more than 100 of Michigan’s top business leaders – representing Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing and other markets. The purpose of the Summit was to educate participants on what’s currently happening in Flint – which included a community tour – and leverage their knowledge and expertise on urban renewal and revitalization.

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8 Tips for Collaborative Success from Leadership NOW Alumni

8 Tips for Collaborative Success from Leadership NOW AlumniJune 29, 2016

Leadership NOW’s very first cohort celebrated the successful completion of the yearlong leadership development program in June. As part of “Optimizing Leadership Effectiveness” – offered by the Flint & Genesee Chamber and the United Way of Genesee County – the participants learned how to develop effective partnerships and collaborative initiatives, in addition to building their leadership skills.

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When to Slow Down, Speed Up at Your Next Networking Event

When to Slow Down, Speed Up at Your Next Networking EventJune 29, 2016

At any given event, there are four different personality types present. There are nurturers, promoters, go-getters and examiners – and each has a different way of communicating with others.

“If I use words like ‘strategy’ and ‘expectations’ with a nurturer who prefers an easy-going process, they’re not going to be attracted to me,” said Tonya Acha, Owner of Referral Institute SE Michigan. “But if I say, ‘we’re working on a project that will be helpful in building relationships with other people,’ they’re going to be more interested in what I have to say.”

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Using Technology to Make Educated Healthcare Decisions

Using Technology to Make Educated Healthcare DecisionsJune 29, 2016

By: Michael DiLorenzo, Chief of Outdoor Operations (COO), Michigan Planners

The stress over medical costs and quality treatment is all too familiar for employees and their families. This reality has led businesses to embrace the idea of empowering their workers and families to become better consumers by equipping them with the right tools.

Today’s technological advancements allow decision-making power to be delivered directly to a smartphone, tablet and computer.

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Summertime in Full Swing in Flint & Genesee

Summertime is in Full Swing in Flint & GeneseeJune 29, 2016

Summertime is in full swing in Flint & Genesee, and the roster of interests has a strong outdoorsy flavor throughout July.

The month starts with a bang – with fireworks displays in Flint (July 1), Clio (July 4) and Fenton (July 4) – and stays hot. Midway through on July 16, local residents (and non-residents) are invited to “Be a Tourist in Your Home Town.”

Sponsored by the Flint & Genesee Visitors and Convention Bureau (CVB), Be a Tourist is a one-day excursion that allows “tourists” to visit and enjoy more than 25 different venues in Flint and Genesee County for a buck.

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You’re Invited: Lend a Hand during SYI’s City Cleanup on July 28

You’re Invited: Lend a Hand during SYI’s City Cleanup on July 28June 29, 2016

On July 28, more than 500 local teens will help spruce up six Flint neighborhoods as part of the annual Summer Youth Initiative (SYI) Volunteer Service Day. And – for the first time ever – the summer employment program is inviting the business community to join the teens in their beautification efforts.

“SYI’s Service Day is an important component of the overall program,” said Rhetta Hunyady, Vice President of Education & Training at the Flint & Genesee Chamber, which manages SYI. “It teaches the teens the value of volunteerism and having pride in their community. And by including our local businesses and organizations in the cleanup, we hope to show the students that volunteering is something that you can do at any age, in any career and at any professional level.”

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‘Time equals flavor for good bread’ at CRUST

June 29, 2016

Fenton-based CRUST baking company has a new video detailing its slow process, meticulous process to making bread and other baked goods that is sure to make your stomach growl.

The company, which bakes more than 20 varieties of bread and boasts more than 30 wholesale customers from Midland to Dearborn, is planning to expand by 8,500 square feet at its Fenton location in the next 12-18 months. CRUST also operates at the Flint Farmers’ Market.

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$438K MDNR Grant Supports Outdoor Exposure, Employment for 140 Teens

$438K MDNR Grant Supports Outdoor Exposure, Employment for 140 TeensJune 29, 2016

Thanks to a $438,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce will hire about 140 teens and place them with Genesee County nonprofit and municipal agencies this summer.

Specifically, the teens – who live in Flint and have completed the TeenQuest pre-employment program –will be assigned work assignments involving horticulture, landscaping and other outdoor-related tasks.

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FGCC Ambassadors Are More Than Just Friendly Faces

June 29, 2016

If you’ve ever attended a Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce’s event – a ribbon cutting, Lunch is On Us or, perhaps, an After Hours Wine Down – it’s a good bet that you’ve been welcomed and served by a smiling corps of your fellow members. This dedicated group is the Chamber Ambassador Team.

But providing host support is just a small piece of what it means to be an Ambassador. They’re an integral part of the Chamber’s Member Services team. Read More »

New Members: May 2016

To become a member, contact Heather Kale at or (810) 600-1427, or Christie Carpenter or (810) 600-1459.

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