In Your Corner: A look back finds great progress

Tim Herman, CEO

Tim Herman, CEO

Preparation and planning paid off as more than 400 business and community partners joined the Flint & Genesee Chamber at our recent Annual Meeting.

It was a great celebration of our 2013 results and the progress the region is making toward economic growth and revitalization.

As we took a look back, we saw evidence that our reinvention efforts are working to bring diversification, job creation, strong business climate, innovation, and build investor confidence.  We saw a major increase in investment and jobs. Our region is gaining recognition as one of the fastest growing college towns in America. We broke ground on the Karegnondi Water Pipeline and we brought down Genesee Towers to make way for new development. It is clear that Flint & Genesee is making great progress toward creating a sustainable and more prosperous region.

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2013 Economic Impact Hits $442 Million

Last year, the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce Economic Development group collaborated with community partners on retention/expansion and attraction projects that totaled $442 million in investment and contract value for Genesee County.  The 2013 investment amount is a 455 percent increase over the year before.  The 25 investment projects also generated an estimated $246.3 in annual payroll. The announcement was made at the Chamber’s 2014 Annual Meeting.

Tim Herman, Chamber CEO says the major increase in investment is evidence of a renewed confidence in the Flint & Genesee economy.

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Local Woman Finds Recipe for Success

Country Home CreationsShirley Kautman’s friends always considered her a great cook. In fact, she found herself frequently providing her co-workers and friends with spices and recipes for use at home. Kautman was a full-time bank employee when she started Country Home Creations (CHC) from her kitchen in the early ’80s.

Today, CHC is a global business offering more than 100 products, including soups, breads, dips, desserts and a host of recipes.  The Made in Flint & Genesee company has garnered several awards over the years including the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Woman-owned Business Award in 2013.  CHC also received Country Business magazine’s first vendor of the year award in 2000.

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The Summer Youth Initiative (SYI) Offers Options for Employers

Summer Youth Initiative (SYI)Businesses in Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce can hire area students during the summer for half or less of their normal hiring and employment costs through the Summer Youth Initiative (SYI), a program of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce.

By hiring SYI applicants, employers have the opportunity to employ teens who are ages 14-18 and in grades 9 through 12. The teens can be hired at 50 percent of the normal hiring costs incurred during the first 90 days of employment.

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Tourism’s Economic Impact Increases to $123 Million in 2013

Back to the BricksTourism in Flint & Genesee County generated $123 million in economic impact due to overnight hotel room rentals in Genesee County in 2013, according to the Flint & Genesee Convention & Visitors Bureau (FGCVB).

Additionally, hotel occupancy was 54.4 percent, a 1.5 percent increase over the previous year, and lodging revenue rose 4.8 percent in 2013. Supporting the FGCVB efforts was the Flint & Genesee Chamber’s web site, where an average of 1,292 new users visited the FGCVB section of the website per month.

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The Run or Dye Colorstorm is Coming to Downtown Flint

Run or DyeThe Colorstorm is coming! The Flint & Genesee Convention and Visitors Bureau (FGCVB) is bringing a “Run or Dye” event to downtown Flint on Sunday, June 8. Early registration has already started.

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Online Marketing Seminar Explains Google+

What’s the Big Deal with Google+? is the focus of the April 16 Social Media & Digital Marketing Lunch & Learn seminar hosted by MLive /The Flint Journal and the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce.

Many people have heard of Google+ but are unclear about how it can benefit their business. Attendees will learn the basics of this social network, and how it ties in with the trust and online visibility of your business.

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April Lunch is on Us Today

Join the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce for the April Lunch is On Us at Blackstone’s in downtown Flint.    The networking event, which is sponsored by E.L. Hollingsworth, takes place on Wednesday, April 9 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.  Blackstone’s is located at 531 S. Saginaw in Flint.

Register online or call (810) 600-1452.

Wine Down After Hours at Redwood Steakhouse

Join the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce for the March After Hours Wine Down on Thursday, April 24 at Redwood Steakhouse & Grill in Flint.  Make new connections while having fun as we “wine” down from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Enjoy casual networking along with complimentary food, soft drinks, wine and beer.  Redwood is located at 5304 Gateway Center Drive in Flint.

For more information contact Debbie Garrison at (810) 600-1416.  Register online here.

New Members: March 2014

To become a member, contact Debbie Garrison at (810) 600-1416 or dgarrison@flintandgenesee.orgor Susana Wight at (810) 600-1408 or

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