Small businesses make big impact in Flint, especially during the holiday season

Small businesses make big impact in Flint, especially during the holiday season

Shopping small has a big impact on local economies, particularly during the critical holiday shopping season. And, thankfully, this year there are more of them. Together with Metro Community Development, Flint SOUP, the Small Business Development Center of Michigan and others, TheHUB Flint has documented the start-up or expansion efforts of nearly 25 small businesses […]

5th Annual African American Film Series at Flint Institute of Arts begins this month  

5th Annual African American Film Series at Flint Institute of Arts begins this month  

A four-month Our African American Film Series that begins with Toni Morrison’s acclaimed “The Pieces that I Am” in November and ends with the emotional film “Mr. Church” on Feb. 13 will celebrate the artistry of African Americans in entertainment. The series, designed to “inspire, inform, empower and entertain” attendees, is hosted by Communities First […]

Small Shops series makes a big difference in Flint and Genesee County

Small Shops series makes a big difference in Flint and Genesee County

Metro Community Development understands small businesses are vital to and play an important role in our region. To further shine a light on the more than 32,000 neighborhood businesses that are the economic backbone of the region, Metro Community Development is proud to sponsor TheHUB Flint’s Small Shops stories. The series of vignettes look at local neighborhood […]

Arab American Heritage Council to honor L.A. music producer, Kettering president, health provider at Legacy banquet

Arab American Heritage Council to honor L.A. music producer, Kettering president, health provider at Legacy banquet

The 20,000-member Arab American community has played a key role in the growth of Flint and Genesee County. For almost 40 years, it has done so with the help and encouragement of the Arab American Heritage Council (AAHC). The organization has worked to broaden understanding and appreciation of Arab culture and encourage Arab American involvement […]

Believe it: Ballenger Highway’s eyesore will soon become a neighborhood oasis

Believe it: Ballenger Highway’s eyesore will soon become a neighborhood oasis

Momentum is building around Flint’s economic development initiatives. Just week’s after debuting its Coolidge Parks Apartment development, Communities First, Inc. announced the ground-breaking of its newest development, Berkley Place Apartments. The project addresses several important community needs, including blight affordable housing and neighborhood redevelopment, according to Glen Wilson, president and CEO of Communities First, whose […]

My City, Our Earth event features food, fun and educational activities

My City, Our Earth event features food, fun and educational activities

We all share the same address — earth. And it’s this commonality of existence that should be lifted up and celebrated, according to Communities First, Inc. which is inviting area residents to attend its first annual ‘My City, Our Earth’ event at the Masonic Temple. The event, which is free and open to the public, […]

There’s no candy coating it: It’s time to ban the sale of flavored vaping products 

There’s no candy coating it: It’s time to ban the sale of flavored vaping products 

Cotton candy, cappuccino and Gummiberry flavors are favorites among young vapers, many of whom hardly hit middle school before they become addicted to the popular juices available in vaping devices. Flavored e-cigarettes and vapes come in bright packaging, which often look eerily similar to kid-friendly snack packages. Flavors mask the harshness of tobacco, making it […]

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