The state of small business in Flint and Genesee County is going under the microscope in early 2021. The Flint & Genesee Chamber’s Economic Development unit is working the Ann Arbor-based consultant EntryPoint to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities confronting local businesses and entrepreneurs. The first order of business will be […]

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There is a lot of thinking about how to help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now there is research about what might help small city downtowns thrive in the long-term, based on the changes to commuting and lifestyles expected to endure after the immediate threat has passed. A new study by researchers at the Massachusetts […]

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Projects in Flint, Grand Blanc and Grand Blanc Township are among the 15 communities of the I-69 Thumb Region awarded $2,000 each from the state’s Placemaking Mini-Grant Program. The program, funded with financial support from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and administered by the I-69 Thumb Region partners, was established to help communities implement small […]

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Federal relief in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic has reopened for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). The PPP has been refilled with $321 billion. The majority is expected to go quickly, especially with all the unprocessed PPP loan applications in queue at banks across the country. If […]

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The recall of workers on layoff due a strike in the automotive sector contributed to a reduction in the number of unemployed in Michigan in November 2019. The impact was particularly strong locally where Genesee County’s unemployment rate declined by a full percentage point to 3.8 percent from October to November, according to Michigan’s Bureau […]

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