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 businesses and chronicle the revitalization of Flint and Genesee County’s historic and diverse neighborhoods.
“Small businesses are the lifeblood of our neighborhoods,” says Jackie Berg, founder and publisher of TheHUB. “Step inside and you’ll discover a passionate group of truly unique individuals who not only contribute to our local economy but keep Flint and Genesee County from becoming a region of look-alike, cookie-cutter operations.”
Small Shops elevates the importance of smaller business owners unlikely to garner media attention from larger outlets and is used as a mechanism to drive customer traffic critical to their long-term growth and success, says Berg.
“As a community development financial institution, we get to know small business owners as we work with them to meet their needs and provide them with expertise and the tools to grow,” says Brian Glowiak, CEO of Metro Community Development “We know that each business has its own unique story and we’re excited to support TheHUB Flint to share those stories with a larger audience.”
The goal of the Small Shops stories is to put more small businesses on the map.