4 ways the Chamber is advocating for its members – right now

Tim Herman, CEO

Tim Herman, CEO

May 18, 2016

In today’s blogpost, I want to share with our members some of the ways that we are out working on your behalf.

First, in the months following the onset of the water crisis, the Flint & Genesee Chamber has increased its partnership with public and private sectors. Our goal is to provide economic development programs and funding aimed at boosting the Flint economy, and relief to businesses and residents of the city and surrounding area.

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Inaugural Flint Restaurant Week Underway

May 18, 2016

Flint’s growing list of dining venues are showcasing their cuisine this week during the first-ever Flint Restaurant Week.

The five-day event, which began yesterday and runs May 21, was organized by 19 food establishments in and around downtown Flint in collaboration with the Greater Flint Arts Council and with generous financial support from The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

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8 Business Training Sessions, Conferences & Workshops to Check Out in June

8 Business Training Sessions, Conferences & Workshops to Check Out in JuneMay 18, 2016

Looking to boost your professional and personal know-how? Check out these eight learning opportunities hosted by the Flint & Genesee Chamber next month:

1. Career Edge (June 6-9)

These workshops are designed to give participants the skills needed to get and keep a job. Participants who attend all four will be invited to attend the Chamber’s next invite-only job fair.

2. An Employer Guide to Retirement Plans (June 7)

As a business owner, you want to provide the best retirement plan for your employees that also makes the most sense for your company.  In this workshop, learn about the different plans that are available, eligibility and contribution limits, accessibility of funds, and IRS and plan reporting requirements.

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Lt. Gov. Calley and Justice Bernstein to Host 2016 MI Hidden Talent Workshop

May 18, 2016

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bernstein are continuing their partnership by hosting a statewide business workshop on June 21 in Flint to provide employers with the tools to strengthen Michigan’s workforce by hiring people with disabilities.

Calley and Bernstein launched the MI Hidden Talent tour in 2015 to raise awareness of the value of hiring Michiganders with disabilities and are taking the next step in that effort by making sure employers have the understanding and resources to begin doing so.

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Growing Your Business with Government Contracting in Genesee County

May 18, 2016

Doing business with the government is a great way to diversify your customer base. Each year, the federal government purchases hundreds of billions of dollars in goods and services.

PTAC can help position your company to pursue to these opportunities. Learn how on May 24 at the Mott Foundation Building, 519 S. Saginaw, Flint, MI 48502.

Register now.

For more information, contact the Region 6 PTAC counselor Jasmine McKenney at jmckenney@flintandgenesee.org.



Barnes & Noble to Hold YouthQuest Fundraiser, May 21-26

Barnes & Noble to Hold YouthQuest Fundraiser May 21-26May 18, 2016

Want to help support afterschool programming for Flint-area students? Shop at Barnes & Noble using this special YouthQuest voucher from May 21-26, and the bookstore will donate a portion of the proceeds to YouthQuest.

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3 Reasons to Attend the First-Ever Summer Learning Professionals Conference

May 18, 2016

As summer fast approaches, the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce and Flint & Genesee Literacy Network are teaming up to provide summer program providers with best practices, proven strategies and local resources. The Summer Learning Professionals Conference — to be held June 10 at Baker College in Flint — will bring in dynamic speakers who will share their ideas, tips and strategies for engaging youth of all ages.

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Scholarships for Female Entrepreneurs Available; Deadline Fast Approaching

Scholarships for Female Entrepreneurs Available; Deadline Fast ApproachingMay 18, 2016

Female entrepreneurs looking to further their education can apply for financial help thanks to a scholarship and education fund that honor late businesswoman Katharine Roat Stevens.

“Katharine Roat Stevens was a well-known local business owner and advocate for women in business,” said Rhetta Hunyady, Vice President, Education and Training, Flint & Genesee Chamber. “We are proud to continue her legacy by helping women in Genesee County pursue their entrepreneurial endeavors.”

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YouthQuest Registration Runs May 24-27

YouthQuest Registration to be Held May 24-27May 18, 2016

Registration for the YouthQuest summer program will be held May 24-27. Students are encouraged to register early; space is limited.

Starting in June, YouthQuest students will participate in many of the same activities that the afterschool program hosts during the school year. This includes offerings that encourage the exploration of new interests in the areas of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), and promotes academic achievement, physical fitness, youth leadership and volunteerism.

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New Member Coffee Klatch

May 18, 2016

The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce is rolling out the welcome mat for our newest members.

Please join us May 20, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Chamber office – 519 S. Saginaw St., Suite 200 – for coffee and pastries as we get to know each other better. Attendees will also have an opportunity to meet Chamber staff and tour our office.

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