Webinars & Trainings

These webinars aim to provide guidance to employers, business owners, and the community on a variety of business topics during a challenging time. Visit our Events Calendar for future sessions. Recordings to previous sessions are shared below.

Upcoming Webinars and Virtual Events

Child Care Network Opportunities for Employers

Employer Webinar

Employers are invited to watch this informational webinar to learn about child care in Genesee County and how to reduce barriers for employees who are parents of young children. Annette Sobocinski from the Child Care Network discusses the types of child care available, the impact of the pandemic on child care, and learn more about programs that employers can promote to support families with accessing reliable child care options.

Presentation Slides (PDF) | Child Care Network Resources for Genesee County (PDF)

Originally Aired Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Building Vaccine Confidence Within Your Workplace

Employer Webinar | In Partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

As COVID-19 vaccine availability continues to expand to the general public, it is important to share resources within your organization. Watch for insights from regional health experts from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, as well as perspectives from local medical experts and major employers on the COVID-19 vaccines, navigating employee conversations, and the new COVID-19 variants.

Speakers include: Dr. James Grant, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, BCBSM; Dr. Bobby Mukkamala, Chair-elect, American Medical Association and Immediate Past President, Michigan State Medical Society; and Ty McGinnis, Plant Director at Flint Metal Center, General Motors

Download slides from Dr. James Grant’s presentation (PDF)

Download slides from Ty McGinnis’s presentation (PDF)

Streamed live Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program

Hear from Tyler Rossmaessler, Executive Director of the Flint & Genesee Economic Alliance, and learn more about the Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program. Applications will be open from 9 a.m. January 19, 2021 until 12:00 p.m. January 22, 2021.

Originally aired Tuesday, January 19, 2021

COVID Relief Opportunities for Small Businesses

#SupportFlintGenesee Webinar Series

Learn more about COVID-19 relief opportunities, including the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loans and a new grant opportunity.

Originally aired Thursday, January 14, 2021

Michigan Small Business Restart Program

#SupportFlintGenesee Webinar Series

In an effort to continue to support small businesses, the Michigan Small Business Restart Program will provide funding to local economic development organizations—including the Flint & Genesee Economic Alliance—which will provide grants to eligible small businesses that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and need working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses or other similar expenses.

Originally aired: Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Updates with Brian Calley of the Small Business Association of Michigan

#SupportFlintGenesee Webinar Series

Brian Calley, president of the Small Business Association of Michigan, discusses the most current information on getting back to work safely, loans & funding, unemployment & Work Share, the MI Safe Start Plan, and other frequently asked questions.

Originally aired: Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Work Share with GST Michigan Works!

#SupportFlintGenesee Webinar Series

This webinar discusses the State of Michigan’s Work Share program that allows businesses to restart their business and bring employees back from unemployment.

Originally aired: Monday, June 8, 2020

Summer School Programming Highlights

#SupportFlintGenesee Webinar Series

This webinar will focus on the importance of summer school in supporting student success. We will be discussing the academic, enrichment and social emotional curriculum that allow our students to have access to great hands-on opportunities through the distance learning platform.

Originally aired: Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Navigating PPP Loan Forgiveness

#SupportFlintGenesee Webinar Series

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provided billions of dollars in forgivable loans to the nation’s small businesses. Now, many small businesses that have received assistance through the program are finding the rules and regulations required for loan forgiveness challenging to navigate. This webinar will help small businesses that have PPP loans understand how to best position themselves for loan forgiveness.

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Originally aired: Thursday, May 21, 2020

School Partnerships – Past, Present, and Future

#SupportFlintGenesee Webinar Series

This webinar focuses on the power of partnerships in afterschool programs past, present and future. Conversations focus around how to effectively implement learning plans and provide support to students and families in this new learning space. We also highlight YouthQuest, Flint Community Education Initiative and Flint Community Schools’ unique, one-of-a-kind partnership goals to support the success of the whole child.

Originally aired: Monday, May 4, 2020

Reduce Your Turnover and Increase Your Engagement With Stay Interviews

In the war for talent, retaining key employees is more important than ever.

During this training session, we discuss how “stay interviews” are far more effective than exit interviews and how leaders can utilize this tool to engage with their remote staff during this time of transition.

Originally aired: Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Consumers Energy Support for Small Businesses

#SupportFlintGenesee Webinar Series

During this webinar, Consumers Energy discusses their programs available to help small businesses during the coronavirus crisis.

Download the slide deck

Download ‘Delivering Support for Small Businesses’ PDF

Originally aired: Wednesday, April 22, 2020

State of Michigan Update

#SupportFlintGenesee Webinar Series

For this webinar, the Chamber hosts Michigan’s Lt. Governor, Garlin Gilchrist, for an update around the state’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. Joining him is State Sen. Jim Ananich and Jeff Donafrio from Michigan’s Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. Topics include the current executive orders from Gov. Whitmer, resources available to our business community and the state’s unemployment insurance program.

Originally aired: Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Employment in the Coronavirus Age

A discussion on employment law amid the COVID-19 pandemic

This webinar focuses on the adverse employment decisions you’re facing, paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave. Attorney Dean Yeotis also discusses Governor Whitmer’s executive order suspending activities as well as unemployment benefits.

Originally aired: Monday, April 20, 2020

Congressional Update

#SupportFlintGenesee Webinar Series

This webinar, featuring Flint & Genesee County’s Congressional delegation, focuses on the current relief efforts that are underway to help our communities deal with the public health emergency of to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as what lies ahead for Congress as it continues to address the crisis.

Originally aired: Monday, April 20, 2020

Paycheck Protection Program for Faith Based and Non-Profits

#SupportFlintGenesee Webinar Series

Faith-based and non-profit organizations are suffering the economic ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic—and the SBA Paycheck Protection Program can help. Learn more during this panel discussion led by Janis Mueller of the Michigan SBDC, Tyler Rossmaessler of the Flint & Genesee Economic Alliance and a representative from the City of Flint.

Originally aired: Thursday, April 16, 2020

Being Productive and Effective From Home

#SupportFlintGenesee Webinar Series

Whether you’ve suddenly found yourself forced to work from home without much training or you’re a veteran remote worker, this webinar provides value in our current situation. Here, Aaron Hamp of INC Systems covers some of the primary technologies for working remotely, along with tips for maximizing productivity, effectiveness and collaboration with your team.

Originally aired: Thursday, April 9, 2020

Remote Wisdom with Terry Bean

Chamber (BYO) Luncheon

During our first-ever remote Chamber Luncheon, Terry Bean of Motor City Connect and TEDx Detroit led a presentation about remote working. Key takeaways included the importance of priority management over time management; ways to effectively deal with your new “office mates”; why space planning matters more in your home than at the office; and how your focus now defines your future.

Originally aired: Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Navigating the Federal Small Business Assistance Landscape

Small businesses are suffering the economic ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic—and the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan and the Paycheck Protection Program can help.

In this webinar, a panel discussion answers questions and offers suggestion for small businesses seeking more information on the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan and the Paycheck Protection Program. The panel is led by Tyler Rossmaessler of the Flint & Genesee Economic Alliance and Janis Mueller of the I-69 Trade Corridor Region Michigan Small Business Development Center. They are joined by partners from the I-69 Thumb Region.

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Originally aired: Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Navigating the 4 C's of Chaotic Change

How can you and your team adapt to sudden and difficult changes (e.g., a global pandemic) without losing heart, focus, or productivity?

This webinar facilitated by Dr. Josh Wymore teaches four principles of change management that will enable you to lead yourself and others successfully through any change initiative.

Originally aired: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Greater Flint Urgent Relief Fund

The COVID-19 crisis has exposed the frailties in our community’s safety net. Quick and urgent action matters to preserve all that we know is good in Flint and Genesee County.

In this webinar, the Community Foundation of Greater Flint presenters discuss the development goals and purpose of the Greater Flint Urgent Relief Fund and the impact it will make on area nonprofit organizations serving our most vulnerable residents.

Community Foundation of Greater Flint Presenters:

  • Isaiah M. Oliver, President and CEO
  • Karima Amlani, Transitional Vice President of Development
  • Sue Peters, Vice President of Community Impact

Originally aired: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Navigating Covid-19 Funding and Relief Provisions

Navigating Tax, Labor and Employment Considerations Under the New Coronavirus Relief Provisions

In this webinar, attorneys Dan Villaire, Megan Parpart and Regina Goyette Staudacher from Howard & Howard Law discuss updates on paid sick and care leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and important labor and employment considerations. They also discuss refund and retention of payroll taxes to preserve cash.

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Originally aired: Thursday, March 26, 2020

Cash Assistance Opportunities for Small Businesses

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many small businesses are facing an urgent need for working capital. There are grant and loan programs available to small businesses that can help.

In this webinar, Tyler Rossmaessler of the Flint & Genesee Economic Alliance and Janis Mueller of MI-SBDC I-69 Trade Corridor Region will discuss the Michigan Small Business Relief Program and the U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan.

To download the slide deck, visit https://bit.ly/33HDmTn.

Originally aired: Monday, March 23, 2020

Helping Your Customers Right Now

As a business community and a nation, we are in “unprecedented” times of disruption, fear, and uncertainty. As Michiganders, we understand that we get through times like these together.

Here, Eric Hultgren provides some insight into what the Internet looks like during the coronavirus outbreak, tips to reach out and help your customers and how to be human in a time when we need to be human most.

To download the slide deck, visit https://bit.ly/3dqCPts.

Originally aired: Friday, March 20, 2020