2014-10-02 / Business

In brief

Flint & Genesee Chamber celebrates Chamber of Commerce Month

FLINT – October is Chamber Month and the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce is celebrating with a 2014 New Member Meet & Greet Coffee. The event will take place Oct. 9 from 9-10:30 a.m. at Chamber offices at 519 S. Saginaw St. in downtown Flint.

Throughout October the Chamber will highlight the benefits of Chamber membership for its more than 1,000 members.

According to Heather Kale, Director of Member Services for the Chamber this event provides an opportunity to kick off Chamber month and share benefits of membership with our 2014 new members.

“We are excited to open our doors to new members,” said Kale. “For more than 100 years our Chamber has contributed to the Flint and Genesee business community. This coffee event provides an opportunity to highlight the many resources and benefits available to members through the Chamber. Today, great things are happening in Flint and Genesee and as members will learn when they join us, we are playing an active role in helping the region succeed.”

In addition to the new member event, the Chamber will highlight the benefits of membership with and for our members on www.flintandgenesee.organd on Facebook, Twitter and Linked In throughout the month of October.

Details: email hkale@flintandgenesee.org or call 810-600-1427. – G.G.

TeenQuest Pre-Employment training program

FLINT – While teens are settling into a new school year, it’s also a good time to start thinking about future jobs. The TeenQuest pre-employment leadership program is offering training at five locations in its fall session.

This first session of four scheduled for the 2014-15 school year at these locations and times:

• Baker Career Academy, 4-6 p.m.

• Atherton High School, 2:45-4:45 p.m.

• Cathedral of Faith, 4-6 p.m.

• International Academy of Flint, 4-6 p.m.

• Southwestern Academy, 2:45-4:45 p.m.

TeenQuest is a five-week training program designed to help Flint & Genesee youths prepare for success in the future. Students learn the basics of teamwork, business etiquette, work ethics, communication, goal setting and conflict resolution.

The first 2014-15 session runs through Oct. 16. Other sessions are:

• Nov. 3-Dec. 4

• Jan. 12-Feb. 12

• Feb. 23-March 26

In addition to the age and grade requirements, students must commit to attending the TeenQuest program two hours per day after school, Monday through Thursday, over the fiveweek period.

TeenQuest is also a pre-requisite for employment through the Summer Youth Initiative (SYI), which matches employers with hundreds of TeenQuest graduates for summer employment. Nonprofit organizations and businesses that hire TeenQuest graduates are eligible to have 50 percent to 100 percent of costs subsidized.

Details: Call 810-600-1412. – G.G.

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