Response to Member Survey on Flint Water is Appreciated

Tim Herman, Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce CEO

Tim Herman, CEO

February 3, 2016

The situation with Flint water continues to be on the hearts and minds of people here locally and across the nation. The outpouring of support that our city and its residents have received from everyday people, corporations and celebrities has been tremendous. Although I lead the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce – an organization that is focused on business investment and growth — this is also personal for me because I live in Flint and so do many of our employees. We must get this situation fixed – and soon!

I know businesses are also being impacted by the water issue. And to learn more about the impact, the Flint & Genesee Chamber conducted a brief survey of our members to gauge the impact of the Flint water emergency on local businesses. The survey was not scientific but, allowed our team to get a quick read on the impact.

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Health & Wellness in the Workplace: Bottled Water for Businesses

Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce offers bottled water to businesses in Flint, Michigan affected by water emergencyFebruary 3, 2016

The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce has free bottled water available for Flint businesses and public community centers impacted by the city’s ongoing water emergency. The water was made available by private donors, in collaboration with the City of Flint, Genesee County and the State of Michigan, and is intended exclusively for businesses served by Flint’s municipal water system.

The bottled water will be available twice a week free of charge. Businesses must pick up the water from the distribution site. Read More »

Cheryl DeFrain Joins Local EOC, Serves as Chamber’s Water Crisis Point-Person

Cheryl DeFrain, Director of Operations, Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce


February 3, 2016

After Mayor Karen Weaver declared a State of Emergency for Flint in December, the city activated its own Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to coordinate relief efforts related to the water crisis.

The center includes representatives from state-level and local organizations, including the American Red Cross, United Way and – most recently – the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce. Cheryl DeFrain, the Chamber’s Director of Operations, began participating in the organization’s briefings last week.

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New Members: February 2016

To become a member, contact Heather Kale at or (810) 600-1427, or Amber Taylor at or (810) 600-1419.

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Exciting New Membership Changes for Young Professionals

February 3, 2016

Until now, anyone wanting to be part of the Young Professionals group has had to pay annual dues of $50, regardless of their employers’ Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce status.

Going forward, if your employer is a member of the Chamber, there will be no cost 18-40 year olds within member organizations to join Young Professionals. This will give many more people the opportunity to take advantage of the great event lineup the Young Professionals’ committee offers.

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YouthQuest Expands Reach of Middle, High School Programs in Flint

YouthQuest Afterschool K-12 Enrichment Program, Flint & Genesee Chamber of CommerceFebruary 3, 2016

Keep your ear to the ground, and your eyes on the TV: Advertising promoting YouthQuest will soon hit channels including Nickelodeon, BET and TBS, with radio ads to follow mid-month.

The announcements will call attention to YouthQuest’s latest initiative, which involves – for the first time ever – opening enrollment to all students (grades 7-12) who live in Flint, regardless of where they go to school.

The afterschool enrichment program is available at no cost to participants and currently serves more than 2,000 K-12 students at 15 sites in Flint Community Schools, Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools and International Academy of Flint.

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Being No. 1 is Not Always a Good Thing, Especially When It Comes to Expensive Healthcare

February 3, 2016

Michael DiLorenzo, COO, Michigan Planners

According to a recent study published by HealthView Services, a designer of healthcare projection software, Michigan ranks among the most expensive states when it comes to out-of-pocket healthcare costs for retirees.

This is not good news for organizations trying to maintain a comprehensive retiree healthcare plan.  Budgetary constraints, rising premiums, and longer life expectancies cause great roadblocks for those governmental entities that are contractually obligated to provide retiree healthcare.

While shifting costs may be one alternative, it is never an employer’s first choice.  …Neither is raising deductibles or eliminating healthcare altogether.

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Volunteer Opportunity: Local Employers Encouraged to Interview Teens Feb. 9

TeenQuest Mock Interviews - Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce TeenQuest Pre-Employment Training ProgramFebruary 3, 2016

As the current TeenQuest class nears the end of its five-week, pre-employment training program, the teens have one last requirement to complete before they graduate: mock interviews.

Scheduled for Feb. 9 at Grand Blanc High School West Campus, the event provides students with real-world experience by putting them in front of actual employers and business professionals.

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‘Grow Your Sales’ & ‘Grow Your Capital’: Learn How

February 3, 2016

The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce’s “Grow Your Business” series resumes tomorrow, Feb. 4, and there’s still time to register.

Session 2 – titled “Grow Your Sales” – will be held from 8-9:30 a.m. at Baker College of Flint, 1050 W. Bristol Rd., in the Technology Building, Room S128. Register Now

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GreenLight Flint Winners Selected; First Place Advances to Statewide Competition

Green Light FlintFebruary 3, 2016

Congratulations to Stacie Scherman of Flint Podcasting Company for her first-place finish in the GreenLight Flint Business Model Competition. Flint Podcasting Company, which will help local, independent podcast creators generate content, produce material and reach audiences, took home the grand prize of $5,000.

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