Issue 17 | December 19, 2019
As we approach the end of the year, we are closing on a high note! Today, the Chamber and General Motors announced the recipients of the Moving Flint Forward Small Business Grants, a GM-funded initiative. Fifteen neighborhood small businesses were awarded grants totaling $150,000 to help remove barriers to growth and extend revitalization efforts into Flint’s neighborhoods. If you want to learn more about the grant program and the grantees, click here .

This was just one of the highlights in 2019. I look forward to sharing a variety of wins during our 2020 Annual Meeting that are helping to build a strong Flint & Genesee business community, provide talent through key development, retention and attraction initiatives, and help to create a vibrant place where people want to live, work and play.

On Dec. 12, 14 area professionals celebrated completion of Lead Now Flint & Genesee, formerly known as Leadership NOW. They represent the fifth cohort to graduate from the intensive leadership development program offered through the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce.

"It’s been just over a year since these professionals first made the commitment to become more effective leaders,” said Steven Elkins, the Chamber's director of member services. “Since then, they have participated in leadership assessments, monthly trainings and one-on-one coaching sessions focused on building their leadership strengths."

Here at the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, we believe a well-trained and motivated workforce is vital to the growth of our community. To give employers and employees the edge in today’s highly competitive work environment, we partner with business training professionals to provide relevant and timely workshops, seminars and high-quality training programs.

Make the Flint & Genesee Chamber your local resource for personal and staff development. Explore our catalog online or  download a copy  to view our offerings.
Alicia Gibbons, the third-generation owner of Donna’s Donuts, has always been a part of the local business.

“Donna’s was the first place I went before they took me home from the hospital,” says Gibbons. “My parents and grandparents had to show me off.”

The shop was originally under ownership outside Gibbon’s family, but a few years after it opened her grandparents, who worked at the donut shop, fell in love and got married and together they bought Donna’s Donuts.