Detroit mayor tells Chamber luncheon guests Flint should build on its assets

Detroit mayor tells Chamber luncheon guests Flint should build on its assets

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan recently told a sold-out crowd of 450 at the  Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce’s annual luncheon that cities should value their assets. Duggan told stakeholders who’ve seen their own share of disinvestment that Detroit’s three greatest assets have been its large parcels of land, housing stock and eager workforce. “When […]

Fashion 101: Kala Wilburn’s workshop will help new businesses avoid pitfalls

Fashion 101: Kala Wilburn’s workshop will help new businesses avoid pitfalls

There’s more to the fashion industry to than runways and glossy photos.  From noon to 1:30 p.m. April 18 at Ferris Wheel, 615 South Saginaw St., Flint designers and clothing retailers can attend a fashion business workshop. The event will be hosted by Kala Wilburn, founder of Fannie Lucille clothing and Vehicle City Fashion Week, who will share her insider knowledge […]

Why small businesses have a big impact in Flint

Why small businesses have a big impact in Flint

They are popping up everywhere as a growing part of Flint’s economic base. Just how much impact new businesses are making is a question that’s drawn increased attention. They seem to be ever-present, but in order to get a true sense of their numbers you have to get out into the community or online to […]

Flint’s Tapology Youth Ensemble will step on NYC’s Apollo stage April 5

Flint’s Tapology Youth Ensemble will step on NYC’s Apollo stage April 5

Yes, they are that good. Students from Flint’s Tapology Youth Ensemble, accustomed to generating a great deal of applause from appearances on local stages, are readying for their biggest gig yet. They’ve been invited to appear alongside Tapology’s native professional tap dancers at the famed Apollo Theater in New York City on April 5. “The trip holds […]

‘Un-shattered Dreams’ addresses violence and the hope that can follow

‘Un-shattered Dreams’ addresses violence and the hope that can follow

The stage play Un-shattered Dreams has a message for countless citizens, including those who act as community stewards, trouble-shooters and neighborhood advocates. Produced by N Spire U Productions, the production returns to Flint’s Institute of Music April 6 for an encore performance, following its 2018 debut. “What we did struck a nerve,” says Kelcy Williams, […]

Porch repair program will help restore our city’s soul

Porch repair program will help restore our city’s soul

There may be no better way to understand a neighborhood than from the perch of its porches. A porch represents so much more than a few boards. In its truest form, it represents an extension of ourselves, our families and the community we live in. It is the place where we connect with each other […]

On the Grind: Young entrepreneurs invest in Flint

On the Grind: Young entrepreneurs invest in Flint

It seems that a new business is being formed in Flint almost every day. The opening of these businesses doesn’t typically come with TV coverage or special announcements. These days, an entrepreneur can start building his or own brand with as little as a mobile phone or social media page and a product to push. […]