CEO Blog: Even tough times leave room for positive stories

Tim Herman, Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce CEO

Tim Herman, CEO

April 27, 2016

One day I was watching the news and the broadcast focused on the Flint water emergency. As they were describing Flint it took me a few seconds to realize they are talking about my town – where I live… with my family… and where I go to work. If it hadn’t been for the reference to the Flint water crisis, I would not have recognized the description. Maybe some of what they said described the Flint area 20 years ago, but not the Flint of today.

While there’s no denying that Flint is going through challenging times, it does not define who we are. The water emergency is a significant public health and economic issue that is affecting Flint residents, and business, higher education and medical centers. And while it has slowed our progress in some respects, it’s not who we are. Read More »



iSourceWorldwide, dba PrintSites™, Moving to Flint’s Dryden Building

DrydenApril 27, 2016

iSourceWorldwide, LLC (dba PrintSites™), a highly skilled web application development company, will move into the historic Dryden Building in downtown Flint, bringing 100 jobs.

iSource, which is currently located in Fenton, will invest, in collaboration with SkyPoint Ventures, LLC, $2.65 million in the project that will relocate the company’s headquarters into the century old, five-story building at South Saginaw and East Second streets later this year. The company will occupy the third floor and a portion of the fourth floor of the Dryden Building, which is currently undergoing extensive renovation. The work is expected to be completed by late summer 2016. Read More »



Moving Flint Forward Leadership Summit Planned for June 14

April 27, 2016

The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce on June 14 will convene business executives from across Michigan to help craft a vision of the post-water crisis Flint.

The summit, sponsored in part by Deloitte, will bring together executives to network and exchange ideas that will help shape the vision for the recovery and revitalization of one of Michigan’s great urban centers. The Flint & Genesee Chamber is working with the Detroit Regional Chamber, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and Michigan Chamber of Commerce to attract business leaders from across Michigan to the summit, which will be held at the Flint Institute of Arts. Read More »



World’s Largest, One-day Leadership Conference Simulcast in Flint

April 27, 2016

Leadercast is the world’s largest one-day leadership conference, broadcast LIVE from Atlanta and simulcast to hundreds of locations around the world on May 6.

This year marks the 16th year of the annual leadership conference and the first year the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals will be hosting a viewing event. The Insight Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience, 4800 Saginaw St., Suite 1800, in Flint, is the host site for the simulcast. It runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Read More »



FACES of Flint & Genesee Business: Meet Frank Kizy

Business Development, Flint, MI, Frank & Dr. Amber Kizy photo - Flint & GeneseeWhen Frank Kizy and his wife, Dr. Amber Kizy, sat down to pick a location for her first dental practice, they made a profound discovery from a simple Google search.

“We had originally considered West Bloomfield, where we have family,” says Frank, who previously owned a Papa Romano’s Pizza franchise in Oak Park. “But when we looked on Google Maps for dentists, all of these pinpoints popped up. There were so many dentists per capita in that area, and there were very few in Flint.” Read More »



Teen, Adult Job Seekers to Benefit from $140,500 in Grants

Things to Do in Genesee County, MI, TeenQuest SYI photo - Flint & GenseeApril 27, 2016

Reflecting on recent months, the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the local foundations and funds that have contributed a total of $140,500 to support TeenQuest, Summer Youth Initiative (SYI) and Career Edge. Read More »



The Proof is in the Pudding

A modern-day recipe for a modern-day workforce

April 27, 2016

By: John DiLorenzo, Chief Entertainment Officer (CEO), Michigan Planners

The proof is in the pudding…and there are new flavors in town! No more plain vanilla 9-5 workdays, 30-minute lunches or once-a-year company outings. Companies have introduced new corporate tastes involving flexible work hours, extended lunch breaks, frequent team-building moments and optional nap time. Read More »



PTAC Events to Help Grow Your Business

April 27, 2016

The Region 6 Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) helps prepare local businesses to win government contracts on the local, state and federal level. It has two programs coming up in May for businesses interested in government contracting.

PTAC’s Certification Series resumes May 10 with the Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) program. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The program runs from 9-10 a.m. at the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, 519 S. Saginaw St., in Flint. Register Now. Read More »



Flint Announces New Nonstop Service on United Airlines To Newark Starting July 1

Things to Do in Genesee County, MI, Bishop International Airport photo - Flint & GeneseeApril 27, 2016

Flint’s Bishop International Airport announced that United Airlines will begin flying nonstop jet service to Newark Airport starting on July 1.

Newark is one of three commercial airports serving the metropolitan New York area. As a true regional airport, this additional route from Bishop will give 3 million people nonstop access to the East Coast, as well as phenomenal international connectivity, which is vital to the area’s continued economic growth. Read More »



New Members: April 2016

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

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