236 small businesses, nonprofits receive grants, keep 1,950 jobs

236 small businesses, nonprofits receive grants, keep 1,950 jobs

Grants totaling more than $2.34 million have been awarded to 236 small businesses and nonprofits in Flint and Genesee County through the Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s (MEDC) Michigan Small Business Restart Program. In Genesee County, the grants, ranging from $5,000 to $10,000, helped to retain 1,950 jobs at area businesses. The grantees represent a variety […]

New website helps residents, visitors have a fun time in Flint, Genesee County

New website helps residents, visitors have a fun time in Flint, Genesee County

Residents and visitors looking for something to do in Flint can find it all on the new Flint & Genesee Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) website exploreflintandgenesee.org. The new site has tools for planning a visit, a more comprehensive events calendar and a streamlined RFP process for meeting planners and sports organizers. It also allows […]

Bank of America’s $1 billion investment will impact Flint, Pontiac, Detroit and West Michigan markets

Bank of America’s $1 billion investment will impact Flint, Pontiac, Detroit and West Michigan markets

The news spread rapidly in June when Bank of America announced it was making a $1 billion, four-year commitment to help local communities address key issues such as economic and racial inequality that have been accelerated by the coronavirus pandemic. This landmark program is focused on helping people and communities of color who have experienced […]

Governor Whitmer declares racism a public health crisis, creates Black Leadership Advisory Council to focus on issues

Governor Whitmer declares racism a public health crisis, creates Black Leadership Advisory Council to focus on issues

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has elevated black voices in state government by creating the Black Leadership Advisory Council, recognizing racism as a public health crisis and requiring implicit bias training for all state employees. “We must confront systemic racism head on so we can create a more equitable and just Michigan,” says Whitmer. “This is not […]

Empowered by Prayer: Unity Coalition of pastors align behind a four-part plan to address community issues

Empowered by Prayer: Unity Coalition of pastors align behind a four-part plan to address community issues

A multi-denominational group of pastors plan to make a big difference in Flint, according to Christ Church Tabernacle COGIC Pastor Chris Martin, who announced the Unity Coalition’s four-part plan at a press conference yesterday. Initiated to respond to the violence and racial disparities in the Flint-area, the group will collectively address what the pastorial community feels […]

Two brands. One backstory…and a move forward plan for Flint

Two brands. One backstory…and a move forward plan for Flint

There’s a back story behind every entrepreneur, particularly in Flint, the birthplace of a new creative class that is showing that there is more underneath the hood of the city than its automotive culture. Two of its serial entrepreneurs — Beats X Beers Founder Brandon Corder and Eight One Zero Founder James Thigpen, Jr.— recently […]

Small businesses get support with the introduction of the BIG Series

Small businesses get support with the introduction of the BIG Series

Small and black-owned businesses are the lifeblood of many city neighborhoods and business districts.  In Flint, they have too often been among the last to arrive and the first to falter.  The COVID-19 pandemic has only served to heighten the challenges this fragile, yet increasingly important, business sector faces, according to representatives of the  Inter-Faith Small […]

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