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29 Jun 22

Sorensen Gross Company announces the relocation of its headquarters office to the Plaza One Building in downtown Flint, joining an existing satellite office and paving the way for future company growth. The move, which occurred in stages, was largely completed by June 8. Sorensen Gross now occupies three suites on the first floor of the […]...

04 May 22

General Motors and Flint & Genesee Economic Alliance today announced that 15 small businesses in Flint were awarded a total of $150,000 from the Moving Flint Forward Small Business Grant Program. It is the third round of grants from the GM-funded initiative, which supports revitalization efforts across the city’s neighborhoods by strengthening local businesses. The […]...

25 Apr 22

Increasing the exposure and market access for Genesee County’s minority-owned small businesses is a key component of a resilient and vibrant local business community. That’s where the Flint & Genesee Business Bridge comes into play. The Flint & Genesee Economic Alliance and I’m Building Something Consulting, LLC have partnered to create the online directory of […]...

17 Feb 22

GM renews funding for the Moving Flint Forward Grant Program Today, General Motors (GM) and the Flint & Genesee Economic Alliance announced a third round of its grant program created to help Flint small businesses grow and thrive. Thanks to $210,000 in additional funding from GM, the Moving Flint Forward Small Business Grant Program will […]...

12 Jan 22

For many small businesses, gaining a foothold into the lucrative field of government contracting requires a team effort. However, identifying the right business partnership is rarely as easy as thumbing through the Yellow Pages and not all such arrangements are created equal. But the Flint & Genesee Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) stands ready to […]...

15 Dec 21

A $46 million project is launching to expand the Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Flint and the McLaren Proton Therapy Center. Once complete, the projects will allow more patients access to proton therapy, the most advanced radiation therapy available, and bring a more comprehensive approach to cancer care for Genesee County residents and beyond. The […]...

14 Aug 21

Earlier this year, 15 small businesses in Flint were awarded $10,000 each through our Moving Flint Forward Small Business Grant Program. And for Tonya Atkins — who was laid off from her primary job for a few months at the beginning of the pandemic — that funding made all the difference. “It seems like at […]...

29 Jul 21

It’s been just over two years since Jackie Earley purchased and started rehabbing a vacant building in the Grand Traverse District. Today, that building is home to CompuNinjas, Earley’s computer repair shop. “I was born and raised in Flint,” said Earley. “I believe this city has a lot of potential. It needs work, but all […]...

21 Jul 21

The Region 6 Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) on Aug. 12 will host “Meet the Buyer” for businesses looking to expand their customer base through government contracting opportunities. This year’s event – which will be held virtually from 9 a.m. to noon – will feature buyers from local, regional, state and federal agencies that are […]...

21 Jul 21

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced plans to create a new Michigan state park in the City of Flint by utilizing federal relief dollars from President Biden’s American Recovery Plan. This would mark the first state park in Genesee County, the only county in Michigan without land that is managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, […]...

21 Jul 21

Earlier this year, General Motors and the Flint & Genesee Group awarded grants to 15 small businesses in Flint. Among those recipients was Sal’s Gym Flint, located at University Avenue and Bangs Street. Below, husband-and-wife duo Jacob and Ashleigh Saldaña share a bit about their business’ history and the impact of the Moving Flint Forward […]...

30 Jun 21

The COVID-19 pandemic was a wake-up call not only for the protection of public health globally but for the business community as well. While responding to distress calls from numerous local small businesses at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, it became apparent that many owners and entrepreneurs needed an array of resources and support, […]...

25 Jun 21

By Patrick Hayes A big part of the experience customers get when they enter Flint Trading Co., owned by Walter McAdow, is simply McAdow himself. “I’m kind of like this tortured, conflicted artist in a lot of ways, and that’s part of what makes it special here,” McAdow said. Flint Trading Co., a gallery located […]...

08 Jun 21

Analysis offers insights on evolving needs, challenges and opportunities facing small business owners; findings based on 350 small businesses in Genesee County Diversifying Genesee County’s economy by creating an entrepreneurial support system that fosters networks and cultivates strong leaders will be critical to the region’s long-term sustainability, according to a new report released today by […]...

03 May 21

In a show of support for Genesee County’s small businesses and entrepreneurs, the Flint & Genesee Chamber, in conjunction with the Flint & Genesee Economic Alliance and Explore Flint & Genesee, is celebrating local businesses throughout the entire month of May. Modeled on National Small Business Week, established by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) […]...

27 Apr 21

The economic rebound that’s underway has a number of local manufacturers in search of talent to fill openings for entry-level, skilled trades and managerial positions. Job seekers on May 10, from 9 a.m. to noon, can explore all the open positions at the virtual Manufacturing Career Fair. The participating employers include Avancez Assembly LLC; Domico […]...

11 Mar 21

General Motors and the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce today announced that 15 small businesses in Flint were awarded a total of $150,000 from the Moving Flint Forward Small Business Grant Program. It is the second round of grants from the GM-funded initiative, which supports revitalization efforts across the city’s neighborhoods by strengthening local […]...

03 Dec 20

GM renews funding for the Flint & Genesee Chamber’s Moving Flint Forward Grant Program Today, General Motors (GM) and the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce announce a second round of its grant program created to help Flint small businesses grow and thrive. Thanks to $210,000 in additional funding from GM, the Moving Flint Forward […]...

23 Jul 20

By Skyelar Herriman Vern’s Collision has been a part of my life since I was born. It’s also been a part of the community’s life for more than 49 years. Vern’s Collision was started by my great-grandpa, Vern Herriman, and is now being continued on by my grandpa, Michael Herriman. When you walk into the […]...

21 Apr 20

Before Sherman’s Lounge closed in observation of the current executive orders, we caught up with Bruce Hardy about the Moving Flint Forward program. Here, he shares how he and his brother are improving the 50-year-old bar through the General Motors-supported initiative, their commitment to the city’s south side and more. To learn more about Sherman’s […]...

08 Apr 20

As part of the Moving Flint Forward Small Business Grant Program, each grantee must work with a local nonprofit organization, either through volunteering, coordinating a service project or providing a service pro bono. Given the current pandemic, Great Lakes Facilities Management opted to support two local institutions, both located in the city of Flint: Whaley Children’s […]...

03 Mar 20

By Jaszmane Sisco Sisco’s Catering LLC is a family-based catering business that was launched in 2017 after my dad, Therman Sisco, completed the Flint Small Business Initiative Program through Laura Sigmon of Best Practices Consulting Services LLC. Being born and raised in Flint, we value serving the people in our community and the goal is to serve […]...

29 Feb 20

With help from the General Motors-funded Moving Flint Forward Small Business Grant Program, Beck’s Barber & Beauty is expanding its business into building space that previously had gone unused for more than 10 years.  ...

24 Feb 20

As part of the Moving Flint Forward Small Business Grant Program, each grantee must work with a local nonprofit organization, either through volunteering, coordinating a service project or providing a service pro bono. This weekend, for example, Deria Brown of Glam Box Boutique offered a free course through the Sparkle Pink Club, focused on building entrepreneurship and […]...

19 Dec 19

General Motors and the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce today announced 15 recipients of the Moving Flint Forward Small Business grants, totaling $150,000. The GM-funded initiative supports revitalization efforts across the city’s neighborhoods by strengthening local businesses. The grantees were drawn from of a range of businesses – including auto body repair, childcare, retail, […]...

01 Oct 19

An informational session for business owners interested in applying for the Moving Flint Forward Small Business Grant Program will be held Oct. 8 at Bethlehem Temple Church, 3401 Martin Luther King Ave., in Flint. Attendees will learn about the application process, including the filing deadlines and the various documents that will be required to proceed. […]...

25 Sep 19

From FlintSide Ashley Schafer | Wednesday, September 25, 2019 FLINT, Michigan — Neighborhood businesses will get a $200,000 boost through a new grant program funded through General Motors and awarded in partnership with the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce. Called the Moving Flint Forward Small Business Grant Program, small businesses could get up to $10,000 to […]...

23 Sep 19

From WNEM TV5 Stephen Borowy | Posted Sep 19, 2019 Some Vehicle City organizations will get a tune-up thanks to a new grant program with General Motors. The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce said GM will distribute $200,000 to non-profit organizations and small businesses aimed at revitalizing the city and its neighborhoods. Continue Reading...

23 Sep 19

From NBC25  by Elise Dolinar | Wednesday, September 18th 2019 FLINT, Mich. – Small businesses can now utilize funds from a grant program recently launched by General Motors (GM) and the Flint & Genesee County Chamber of Commerce. The Moving Flint Forward Small Business Grant Program will help small businesses within Flint neighborhoods address challenges […]...

23 Sep 19

From The Flint Courier News Today, General Motors (GM) and the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce announced a grant program to help Flint neighborhood businesses address challenges that impede their ability to grow and thrive. Known as the Moving Flint Forward Small Business Grant Program, the $200,000 GM-funded initiative aims to expand revitalization efforts […]...

18 Sep 19

From MLive.com By Zahra Ahmad | MLive.com | zahmad@mlive.com FLINT, MI– Moving Flint Forward, a new program started by the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce and General Motors, will distribute $200,000 to local small businesses partnering with nonprofits to better the community. The competitive program will grant up to $10,000 to eligible small businesses to […]...

18 Sep 19

Flint & Genesee Chamber and GM launch small business grant program Today, General Motors (GM) and the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce announced a grant program to help Flint neighborhood businesses address challenges that impede their ability to grow and thrive. Known as the Moving Flint Forward Small Business Grant Program, the $200,000 GM-funded […]...