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 […]

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 […]

Plushed Out: Flint boutique capitalizes on growing demand for “curvier” clothing

Plushed Out: Flint boutique capitalizes on growing demand for “curvier” clothing

Working four jobs while pursuing an associate degree from the University of Michigan-Flint left Ronita Ramsey with little spare time. She split shifts between two restaurant positions, while clocking hours at an elder care facility and a doctor’s office as a medical assistant. Class work and studying required additional commitment. Her bills were paid and […]

Flint entrepreneur celebrates 35 years of service

Flint entrepreneur celebrates 35 years of service

As a young man growing up in Warren, Ark., Willie Franklin never thought he’d be an entrepreneur. He earned a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Arkansas and never had designs on making a business outside of the steady job he landed at General Motors right out of college in 1969. He was […]

Local grocers gain ground in Flint

Local grocers gain ground in Flint

When the last big-box grocery store left Flint, about 100,000 residents were left with one less major shopping option for affordable, fresh food. The void punctuated by Kroger’s closing on Davison Road in 2015 left residents, community leaders and local government to seek solutions, but the effort has grown into something bigger. Several independent retail […]

Fix-it shop brings bike culture to Flint

Fix-it shop brings bike culture to Flint

It’s not your everyday bicycle mechanic service. In fact, there’s not much about Recycle Bike Shop and Mobile Repair that’s traditional, and that’s what customers and supporters of the business like. With a mission to support an increasing number of commuters and cyclists who travel in and out of downtown Flint, husband and wife co-owners […]

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 […]

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