Getting To Know LinkedIn

linkedin_logo_1With Social Networking becoming a part of every aspect of a person’s life it’s hard to know which one of the many platforms to use and how to best use each one.  Too often the SOCIAL part of social networking is emphasized over the NETWORK part but if used correctly you can leverage these sites to help both your career and business.  This Wednesday, March 19 the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce and MLive/The Flint Journal will be hosting a seminar on LinkedIn Best Practices that will help you create your profile for the site, make the connections to broaden your network, and will help you research prospects that might help your business become stronger and grow.

The event will begin promptly at noon with a lunch and will move on to the presentation from there.  This is just one of many planned sessions on marketing and social media and will be a big help for anyone just getting their business or career connected to the many social networking platforms.  This event is free but registration is mandatory.

LinkedIn Best Practices

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Noon – 1PM

MLive/The Flint Journal Offices – 540 S. Saginaw Street, Downtown Flint

For more information on the event and how to register –

Let’s Celebrate The Many Things ‘Made In Flint & Genesee’

madeinfg (2)There has been a movement in recent years to start highlighting and celebrating local and regional brands as a way to support the many hometown businesses and products that sustain a community and now the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce has launched a new campaign to let everyone know which products have been Made In Flint & Genesee.  The Made In Flint & Genesee campaign launches this week and already has a very impressive list of companies such as Koegel’s Meats, The Coffee Beanery, D&W Windows, and many, many more.  For most of us the easiest thing in the world to do is to head online or to pick something up made from afar, wishing there was a local alternative we could turn to but not having a way to find those alternatives.  This new campaign from the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce hopes to help to curb some of that by featuring companies that make, assemble, and sell their own products in our area. These companies can register their business with the Chamber and they will then be promoted on special Made In Flint & Genesee page inside the Chamber’s own website and will get a special logo to signify that their product is made locally.  The fantastic thing about this campaign is that there are already dozens of products that are made in this area, from clothes, to beer, to food, to toys, and onward from there and this campaign shines a very direct and very bright light on products that we can all get that are from within our community.  This is a great way to start showing support for all the businesses that call Flint and Genesee County their home and a way to start letting the rest of the world know about the amazing products that are produced right here in the heart of the Mitten.

For more information on the Made In Flint & Genesee campaign and to see the businesses who are already onboard head to and find out all about it.

The Flint & Genesee Chamber Of Commerce’s Young Professionals Invite You To Meet The Executives


The Young Professionals group, a Committee of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, invites you to Meet the Executives on February 19 at the Flint Institute of ArtsThe Meet The Executives event will offer the opportunity to listen to a panel of executives as they give tips and insights into how they found success in their professions and the lessons they learned along the way.  A wonderful aspect of these panels is the opportunity for guests to ask questions of the participants, which can prove invaluable for those looking to redefine or re-invigorate their own careers.  For the panel there will be some wonderful professionals on hand.  They are –

John B. Henry, Director of the Flint Institute of Arts

Dr. Bobby Mukkamala

David Smith, VP, Skaff Carpet One Floor & Home

This is the seventh Meet the Executives event that has been held and they have featured many of the most influential and inspiring professionals in and around our community.  This event is free to attend but you must first register. The Young Professionals are a committee made up of people from our region who are focused on bettering their professional lives while they work to help one another and the community with networking and outreach events targeted at young professionals.

Meet The Executives

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

5PM – 7:30PM

Flint Institute of Arts

FREE with Registration

To register –

For more information on the Young Professionals

Genesee Regional Young Professionals Invite You To Meet The Executives This Wednesday

This Wednesday the Genesee Regional Young Professionals will be presenting another of their Meet the Executive events at Imagethe Community Foundation of Greater Flint.  GRYP, as the group is known, is an organization of young professionals who are dedicated to connecting other young professionals together to network and share ideas and talent as they work together to create a better professional community.  The Meet the Executives events bring several local and regional executives together to give young professionals a chance to learn from and ask questions to them so they can learn what it took to make these people successful in their fields.  GRYP will be welcoming Kathi Horton, President of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Kathy Rometty, Director of Community Relations for Goodwill Industries of Mid-MI, and Dan Russell, Executive Director of Genesee County Community Mental Health to this event. 

This is a free event but you must register to attend.  There will be a panel discussion during the evening as well as time to ask questions of the guests and there will be time beforehand to meet other young professionals as well. This is a great opportunity to learn more about GRYP and to get some important insight in what it takes to be a successful professional.

Meet the Executives

Wednesday, October 16


The Community Foundation of Greater Flint – Downtown Flint

FREE – but you must register to attend. 

Young Artists Get Their Opportunity To Shine During ArtQuest

artquestArt is in the air!  Local young people will get their moment to shine this week as ArtQuest 2013 gets underway in Flint.  This annual event presented by the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce’s YouthQuest afterschool program allows students participating in the program a chance to showcase their drawings, paintings, sculptures and performance art during a two day art show at the Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy building.  The show runs May 15 and 16 from 3PM – 6:30PM and is free for the public to attend.  The event features work from more than 2,000 YouthQuest students, many who collaborated on works together to create over a thousand pieces of art.  This isn’t just a stuffy art show though as the students will also be presenting skits, videos, a musical petting zoo and more to make the show truly come alive.  ArtQuest really showcases the talent we have right here in Genesee County and gives us a preview of young artists whose work we should expect to see during downtown Flint’s Art Walk in the future.  The two day art show has works from 15 YouthQuest schools and really shows the power of art and importance of art programs like this.

Art Quest 2013

Wednesday, May 15 – Thursday, May 16

Atrium  of the Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy Building

4110 S. Saginaw St, Flint, MI

3PM – 6PM

“Influencing the Right Now – Spreading the Peace” Conference Set for This Saturday

Children from across the county are joining together this Saturday, April 27 from 9AM to 3PM to help spread a message of peace and to start a dialogue they hope will unite young people and give them a louder voice in the community.  YouthQuest, a free after school program managed by the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce is holding a Youth Conference at their headquarters on Saturday and it will be the first of its kind in this area – a conference for young people, planned and put together by young people.  The keynote speaker for the Leadership Conference will be Matt Langdon of HERO Construction, an organization that encourages and inspires young people to be heroes in their communities.

The conference, entitled ‘Influencing the Right Now – Spreading the Peace’ was conceived by students in the Youth Advisory Council (a group comprised of students in each of the participating YouthQuest schools that are looking to do better their schools and community) at the International Academy of Flint as a way to bring local teens together to develop an action plan for the future.  The event is intended for children grades 6 – 12 and is an incredible and unique event to get the next generation of the area’s leaders together to start building a better, brighter future.

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