In Your Corner: Wishing You Good Business and Happy Holidays

As the business world continues to evolve, we must change with it as appropriate.  However, our team at the Flint & Genesee Chamber fully understands one thing that remains the same for most businesses, and that’s the need to increase profits — whether that is through more sales, more efficient ways to deliver goods and services or simply increasing traffic into your stores. I want you to know that we are always looking for ways to help you do these things and maintain a strong business climate that enables businesses to prosper.

As I reflect on this past year, it is evident that we are seeing signs of a recovery: new investment projects are underway; employment is increasing; we’re diversifying into new markets; enrollment is growing across our higher education institutions; downtown areas are growing – particularly downtown Flint; and we’re improving health outcomes.

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I-69 Thumb Region Poised for Logistics/Distribution Growth

The I-69 Thumb Region’s logistics and distribution market is growing rapidly according to a recent study by The Corradino Group (Click here for full report). The Kentucky project management company researches areas of potential growth in public and private sectors. The results of a study conducted this year in partnership with the economic organization IHS Global Insight revealed that the  I-69 Thumb Region’s commodities traffic will see a 35 percent increase in tonnage and a 63 percent increase in the value of inbound and outbound freight by 2030. This indicates an increase in business transportation traffic valued at $48.2 billion.

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Outfront Media Hosts January Lunch is on Us

You are invited to join the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce and OUTFRONT Media at noon on Jan. 14, 2015 for the January Lunch is On Us! The luncheon will kick off the new year at the Captain’s Club at Woodfield, located at 10200 Woodfield Drive in Grand Blanc.

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Take Time to ‘Wine Down’ this January

As the Flint and Genesee County community gears up for great business in 2015 with a host of new projects, it will be all the more important to take the time to “Wine Down” with the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce.

The first After Hours Wine Down of the new year will take place at The Capitol Theatre in downtown Flint on Jan. 22 from 5-7 p.m. This free event makes for a great casual networking opportunity attended by several dozen Chamber members and catered with hors d’oeuvres.

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Join the Snowfest Celebration

The Bay City Times, The Flint Journal and The Saginaw News of the MLive Media Group will serve as hosts for the third annual Snowfest Celebration scheduled for Wednesday, January 22, 2015 in Frankenmuth. The celebration will take place behind Zehnder’s and will once again bring together members of the Saginaw County, Midland Area, Bay Area and Flint & Genesee chambers of commerce.

Snowfest is a great opportunity for inter-county business networking for the members of the abovementioned chambers of commerce. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres are provided to help foster friendly dialogue.  RSVP’s are appreciated and can be made at

Chamber Seeks Procurement Counselor

The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce is seeking candidates for the following open position: Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Procurement Counselor.

The PTAC Procurement Counselor is responsible for providing information for companies seeking to do business with the government.

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Chamber’s YouthQuest Program Receives $10,300 for STEM Curriculum

The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce YouthQuest program has received a $10,300 donation to support its STEM curriculum.

The donation from technology company Laird and its suppliers will be used toward the purchase of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum and STEM-based field trips throughout the community.

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SEE Photography Contest Wraps Up Dec. 31

You still have time to show us what you love about Flint & Genesee via photos – and it could even win you some cash. The SEE Photography Contest ends at midnight Wednesday, Dec. 31.

So grab your camera and get your best shot of Flint and Genesee County donning its Christmas best. Or maybe you got a great photo of fall foliage, a day at the beach, or some springtime whimsy. We’ll take it, as long as the photo was taken this year. Start checking your photos now. You might have a winner!

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Flint & Genesee Merchandise Makes Excellent Christmas Gifts

Need a last-minute Christmas gift that looks like you planned for months? The Flint & Genesee Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has you covered.

At the CVB Visitor Information Center, you’ll find Flint & Genesee themed pens, caps and visors, drink coasters, umbrellas, foldaway totes and more. The CVB booth is located in the Flint Farmers’ Market, 300 E. First St., downtown Flint.

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New Session of TeenQuest Pre-Employment Training Program Starts Monday, Jan. 12

For teens putting “gain new business skills” on top of their resolutions list for 2015, the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce can help. The TeenQuest pre-employment and leadership program will offer its no-cost training in business etiquette when a new session begins Monday, Jan. 12, at five Genesee County locations.

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