In Your Corner: Summer in Flint & Genesee

Tim Herman, Chamber CEO

Tim Herman, Chamber CEO

It’s summertime in Flint & Genesee.  You can tell not only by the calendar or the intensity of the sun, but the festivities and sounds of pure fun as the region ushers in its summer festivals and events.

Just this past weekend, the Flint & Genesee Convention & Visitors Bureau, an action group of the Flint & Genesee Chamber, hosted the second annual Be a Tourist in Your Hometown event.

The purpose of the event is to remind our own community and others about some of the great amenities that Flint & Genesee has to offer, and to create more informed ambassadors for the region.

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Join Us After Hours at Hoffman’s Deco Deli

Join the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce for After Hours Wine Down on Thursday, July 24 Hoffman’s Deco Deli.  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.  Hoffman’s is located at 503 Garland Street in Flint.

For more information contact Heather Kale at (810) 600-1427.  Register online here.

Flint & Genesee Chamber Urges YES Vote on Proposal 1

The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee recently announced the endorsement of Proposal 1 on the August 5 statewide ballot.  The proposal is designed to stabilize funding for local government services and help local small businesses without raising taxes, which is a priority for the Chamber.

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Flint & Genesee Chamber Adds Support to Civil Rights Coalition

The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee recently joined the Michigan Competitive Workforce Coalition (MCWC), which is pushing for updates to Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA).  The coalition is calling for the addition of sexual orientation and gender identity protections under Michigan law. Read More »

GenForward Reaches Out to Community; Seeks New Members

GenForward, an emerging network of philanthropists is seeking new members.  The group, comprised of young community leaders, combines resources to support the greater good in Genesee County.  A program of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, GenForward provides an opportunity for members to broaden their knowledge of community issues, leverage their charitable dollars and develop leadership skills.

To learn more about joining GenForward contact Jennifer Farrington at (810) 767-3508 or

More Than 500 TeenQuest Youths Among Work Force This Summer

More than 500 TeenQuest youths are in the midst of their summer jobs with dozens of area non- and for-profit employers as part of the 2014 Summer Youth Initiative (SYI).

More than 500 TeenQuest graduates are in the midst of their summer jobs with dozens of area employers as part of the 2014 Summer Youth Initiative (SYI).

The teens secured the summer jobs with 31 local businesses through the SYI Job Fair in the spring, and with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) teen summer employment initiative. In all, 553 youths ages 14-18 are employed through SYI, the DNR, the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and some for-profit businesses this summer.

Organizations employing the teens include area school districts, churches, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, Genesee County Parks, Crim Fitness Foundation and T.J. Maxx.

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Artomotive Revs its Way Back into August Events

The automotive-themed art competition Artomotive will return for its second year, promising to be a major feature of the 2014 Back to the Bricks 10th Anniversary events, the August Art Walk and more.

In 2013, its inaugural year, Artomotive successfully featured nine local artists and raised money for the Automotive Pioneers Statue Project. For a $50 entry fee, artists are given a car hood and complete creative freedom to create their art.

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Chamber to Celebrate Members at Hot Rods & Hot Dogs

Food, fun and festivities are the highlights of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce Member Celebration – Hot Rods & Hot Dogs.  The event takes place on Thursday, August 14 under the big tent at the corner of S. Saginaw and Second Streets from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. during the Back to the Bricks cruise.

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Genesee Co. Joins City of Flint, GISD in Chamber Shared Services Human Resource Consortium

The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce Shared Services Center recently joined forces with Genesee County, the City of Flint and the Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD) to establish a Human Resources Consortium.  The Consortium is designed to optimize the use of technology, standardizes best practices and lowers the risk for local government entities.  The initial focus of the Consortium us the recruitment process. Read More »

Back to the Bricks Ready to Roll

Classic cars and thousands of people will hit the streets of downtown Flint for the annual Back to the Bricks cruise Tuesday, August 12 through Saturday, August 19.  The opening ceremony begins at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 13 followed by the official rolling cruise, which runs from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saginaw Street.  Festivities celebrating the cruise take place throughout the week.

To see a schedule of events or for more information visit