39 businesses move into Flint’s Ferris Wheel, sparking the city’s growth

39 businesses move into Flint’s Ferris Wheel, sparking the city’s growth

Nearly 40 local entrepreneurs, innovators, businesses and students moved into their new co-working digs at the Ferris Wheel building, the latest indicator of Flint’s attractive small business culture. The new entrants join an entrepreneurial class of downtown business ventures that now tops 100, according to a recent TheHUB Flint audit. Published earlier this month the […]

Cool things to do in Flint coming up

Cool things to do in Flint coming up

There are plenty of cool, fun things to do Flint. Here’s our short list of suggestions for “must see” or “must do” attractions you can pick from this coming week. Fiesta Mexicana – Saturday & Sunday Authentic music, dance food and fun are on tap this weekend at the annual Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic […]

George Wilkinson calls on change agents to transform Flint

George Wilkinson calls on change agents to transform Flint

We’re all going to leave this earth. That’s inevitable. The question we need to ask ourselves, says NorthGate President and Word of Life Christian Church Pastor George Wilkinson, is: How much of ourselves do we want to leave behind?” Despite his many personal and professional achievements, Wilkinson preaches that self-fulfillment cannot be achieved without purposeful […]

What can we do?

What can we do?

“I knew what I wanted and where I wanted to go. I always wanted to entertain and help others.” —Khalid “I want to help others too and find the perfect French fry stand—are both possible?” ―Marcia Faye McGee I’ve asked this question before, but it is a question that may need to be asked again. In light of […]

Bolstering Flint’s small businesses

Bolstering Flint’s small businesses

What can one economic development expert do in 365 days? For the City of Flint’s Economic Development Director Roderick Miller, the question represents an exciting opportunity. For Miller, who developed a reputation as a turnaround expert with a passion for helping distressed communities, leading Flint’s redevelopment is a dream challenge. His plan for restoring economic […]

Flint’s economic development director readies for new investments

Flint’s economic development director readies for new investments

Investors wanted. That’s Roderick Miller’s mantra. The City of Flint’s incoming economic development director is assembling proof that Flint is more nimble, responsive and ready for development than many might think. The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce has, for example, supported more than $296 million in new investment and government contracts in 2017, according […]

Business growth in Flint’s downtown district shows promising signs

Business growth in Flint’s downtown district shows promising signs

There are promising signs of rising investment interest in Flint. There are fewer parking spaces and more open for business signs along Saginaw Street, the city’s downtown business corridor. The anticipated opening of Mott Community College’s $13 million Culinary Art Institute, the newly minted $31.4 million renovation of the Capitol Theatre and launch of the […]

Women-owned businesses are driving Flint’s small business boom

Women-owned businesses are driving Flint’s small business boom

You can make it. That was a central theme of Flint’s recent GoGetHER Conference, which showcased the success stories of women like Naturalicious Hair Care Products Founder & CEO Gwen Jimmere. As an unemployed, single mother, Jimmere launched her national business with only $32 in assets and a desperate mandate to support her young son. […]

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