In Your Corner: October Brings Transition and Change, and Opportunity to Celebrate Chamber Month

Soon it will be October and the start of fall. And fall is a season that brings change. Every year around this time I start to reflect on how the Flint & Genesee Chamber has changed, has grown.  And over our 100-year history it’s clear that we have undergone tremendous changes.

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Chamber to Debut Art of Achievement Awards; Nominations Open

Do you know of a business that is committed to making a difference in the community, a person who provides exemplary customer service or an establishment that deserves recognition?  Then consider nominating the business or person for a Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce Art of Achievement Award.  The inaugural 2014 Art of Achievement Award nominations are currently being accepted.  The gala event in celebration of excellence throughout Flint & Genesee will take place on Thursday, November 6 at the Riverfront Banquet Center in downtown Flint.

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Chamber Shared Services Makes Park Partnership a Reality

The summer of 2014 brought a major change for Flint residents surrounding Max Brandon, Flint Park Lake and Thread Lake parks. Through an agreement between the City of Flint and the Genesee County Parks, the three parks are now maintained and patrolled by the Genesee County Parks and Park Rangers. In addition, new programs are now available for residents.

The shared services agreement was executed after years of discussions and is the result of connections created during the Flint & Genesee Shared Services Center’s Leadership Alliance program. The Leadership Alliance brings together leaders from the public sector, nonprofits and businesses in a six-month training focused on learning to become the conveners and drivers of change designed to create efficiencies and opportunities.

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Chamber Hosts 2014 New Members for Chamber Month Celebration

Are you a new member of the Flint & Genesee Chamber in 2014? Then you should join the Chamber for a Chamber Month Breakfast Open House. The event takes place on Thursday, October 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Chamber offices at 519 S. Saginaw Street in downtown Flint.

According to Heather Kale, Director of Member Services for the Chamber this event provides an opportunity to kick off Chamber month and share benefits of membership with our 2014 new members.

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Spud Software is Made in Flint & Genesee

Grand Blanc-based Spud Software develops programming for major corporations, as well as small businesses in industries ranging from automotive to health care. The Made in Flint & Genesee company specializes in database and software development, along with web and mobile apps.

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Lunch & Learn How to Determine the ROI on Digital Marketing

The Flint & Genesee Chamber and the MLive Media Group are joining forces to present a Lunch & Learn seminar designed to teach businesses how to Determine the Return on Investment (ROI) for Digital Marketing Campaigns. The seminar takes place on Wednesday, October 15 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the MLive offices at 540 S. Saginaw in downtown Flint.

The seminar is one in a series offered by the Chamber & MLive. There is no cost to attend, however registration is required. Click here to register or for more information.

PTAC Offers 4 Steps to Government Contracting Success in the Thumb

The Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce Procurement and Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) will present the 4 Steps to Government Contracting Success on Thursday, October 2 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Thumb Area Michigan Works in Marlette, which is located in Sanilac County.

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Flint Walk to Defeat ALS is Coming

On Saturday, October 4 the ALS Association Michigan Chapter will host a Flint Walk to Defeat ALS. The walk is designed to serve as a way to show support to the ALS community, bring hope to people living with ALS and to raise money for research to find a cure. The two-mile walk begins at the Donnelly Pavilion in Kearsley Park at 1:00 p.m.

To join a team, start a team or walk individually, visit For more information contact Shabana at (248) 680-6540 or

18-Year-Old Credits TeenQuest for Early Career Success

Oshiona Biddle

When you walk into the Walmart Supercenter on Corunna Road in Flint, you’re likely to see the results of Oshiona Biddle’s hard work: Clean aisles, stocked shelves and organized merchandise.

What you won’t see is the shy girl who kept her head down and wouldn’t look anyone in the eyes. The 18-year-old threw away those habits when she graduated from the TeenQuest pre-employment leadership program last year at Mott Adult High School.

“Before TeenQuest, I never knew how to answer questions professionally,” said Biddle, 18, of Flint. “Now I know how to keep my head up no matter what the situation is.”

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Celebrate Fall at Lunch is on Us at Carriage Town Ministries

Join the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce for Lunch is On Us at the Carriage Town Ministries.    The event is co-sponsored by HAP.  Enjoy lunch as you network with colleagues and make new connections on Wednesday, October 8 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Come enjoy the camaraderie and have a good time on us!  Remember to bring plenty of business cards.  Carriage Town Ministries is located at 605 Garland Street in Flint.

Register online or call (810) 600-1404.