In Your Corner: Join the Movement to Promote Flint & Genesee

Tim Herman, CEO

About a year and a half ago, the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce along with our partners launched a new brand for Flint and Genesee County – simply referred to as “Flint & Genesee.”

The brand places an emphasis on the ampersand to stress the strength that the two entities have together versus separately.

From the very beginning, the Chamber has communicated that this is not our brand; it is the community’s brand, which means that we need everyone to support it and promote it.

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Crim Festival of Races Ready to Roll

The 2014 HealthPlus Crim Festival of Races will converge on downtown Flint on August 22 and 23. Runners and walkers from across the country are expected to participate in the two-day event. The weekend begins with mile races on Friday, August 22 and a series of races on Saturday, August 23, which include: a 10 mile race, 8k race, 5k race and Teddy Bear Trot.

To register or for more information visit

Mott Foundation Promotes Flint Farmers’ Market on YouTube

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has launched a YouTube video to promote the Flint Farmers’ Market’s new home. The video is part of a promotional package designed to showcase the unique features of the market.

Mott Foundation is working in conjunction with the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce to promote the new downtown gathering place. Check out the video to learn more about the market.

Gallagher Kaiser Hosts GM Paint Shop Supplier Showcase Open House TODAY

Is your company interested in becoming a supplier for the new General Motors Paint Shop? Do you want to learn more about the qualifications and requirements? Then join Gallagher Kaiser, General Contractor for the General Motors Paint Shop for a Supplier Showcase Open House today from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Gateway Centre.

Gallagher Kaiser is seeking local contractors who can provide the appropriate certifications to become part of this new and exciting project.

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Bermudas on the Bricks in Downtown Flint

On Friday, August 15, join businesses from across the region and wear Bermuda shorts to work, then have fun during Bermudas on the Bricks in downtown Flint. The 21-and-older downtown party will feature dancing, food and fun on the Saginaw Street bricks from 4:30 p.m. to midnight.

Organizers are encouraging participating businesses to take photos of their staff in Bermuda shorts to enter the Best Bermudas at Work contest. Email photo entries to to enter by 5:00 p.m. on August 15.

For more information call (810) 732-1970 extension 222.

Back to the Bricks Rolls This Week

Today, thousands of people will fill the streets of downtown Flint for the annual Back to the Bricks cruise 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. Click here to see a listing and maps of downtown Flint street closures.

To see a schedule of events or for more information visit

Wanted: Businesses Interested in Hosting Hundreds of Potential Customers

Each month hundreds of Chamber members network at a member location in Flint & Genesee. Hosts for these events have an opportunity to expose their goods and services to a wide range of potential customers.

The Chamber is currently seeking hosts for 2015 Lunch is on Us and After Hours Wine Down networking events. Both events draw a wide range of members. Heather Kale, Director of Member Services for the Chamber says hosting spots are in high demand.

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More Kids than Ever to Benefit from YouthQuest Afterschool Program

YouthQuest, a comprehensive, free afterschool program of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, will be offered in all Flint Community Schools starting this fall. For the first time, the YouthQuest program will also be offered to high school students, at Flint’s Northwestern High School and Southwestern Classical Academy.

The original K-8 YouthQuest program, which serves more than 2,000 students in 18 area schools, reinforces learning that takes place during the school day by offering high-quality activities and services that encourage the exploration of new interests in the areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and the arts, and promotes academic achievement, physical fitness, youth leadership and volunteerism.

Tim Herman, CEO of the Flint & Genesee Chamber, says YouthQuest’s expansion to serve high school students is a validation of the afterschool program’s success, and is crucial to the lives of Flint students.

“During those critical afterschool hours, YouthQuest fills the gap to keep kids safe, healthy and learning,” Herman said. “I am delighted that more students will be reaping the benefits of this important program.”

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Vote for Your Favorite Artomotive Hood During Back to the Bricks

You have a chance to help pick the Artomotive “People’s Choice” winner during this week’s Back to the Bricks festival in downtown Flint.  Juried voting in the automotive-themed art competition was completed August 8.

Artomotive car hoods will be on display from noon-8 p.m. each day through Friday, and up until noon on Saturday, at the First Street Lofts on Saginaw Street. The public will have a chance to vote for their favorite hood during this time, with the winner receiving $500. Winners in both the juried voting and People’s Choice will be announced Saturday afternoon at Back to the Bricks.

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Enrollment is Open for TeenQuest Fall Session

TeenQuest, the pre-employment leadership training program, is accepting applications from youths ages 14-18, grades 9-12 for the fall training class.

The fall session begins Monday, Sept.  15., and concludes on Thursday, Oct. 16. Applications will be accepted through the first day of the fall session.

“We are just wrapping up an extremely successful summer session of TeenQuest, and I’m confident that the momentum and excitement will carry over to kick off the 2014-15 school year,” said Rhetta Hunyady, Vice President, Education and Training, Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce. “We have five sites for our fall program, and we are excited to get these teens workforce-ready. This program continues to be a win-win for the teens and employers of Flint & Genesee.”

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