Art of Achievement Awards 2023 ‘And the nominees are…’

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The nominations are in for the Flint & Genesee Group’s Art of Achievement Awards. More than 80 businesses and organizations and 120 individuals are contenders for 14 awards that will be presented Thursday, Nov. 9, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the FIM Capitol Theatre in downtown Flint.

Now in its ninth year, the annual awards celebration will also include the presentation of three special honors, including the Art Hurand Award, Charles Stewart Mott Award, and Economic Development Project of the Year.

“Art of Achievement shines a spotlight on some of the people and organizations that are making a real difference in Flint & Genesee,” said Tim Herman, CEO of the Flint & Genesee Group. “We invite everyone to join us for an evening that celebrates the excellence, dedication, and vibrant spirit of our community.”


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FACES of Flint & Genesee Business: Sharina Jones, Rehydrate Michigan

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Sharina Jones set out to build a place where everyone had access to self-care because she knew firsthand what it felt like to be without it.

“I am in a wheelchair and my husband always had to take time off work to help me lift onto tables for facials and massages,” says Jones. “That is where the idea came from. I thought, ‘Why can’t I just make it myself?’”

So, in April 2023, Jones opened a fully accessible spa called Rehydrate Michigan. The spa offers a variety of services including IV therapy and injections, massage therapy, infrared light therapy, reiki, and float therapy. To ensure that everyone can use these services, Jones’ spa has different amenities such as tables that rise and lower, a roll-in shower, a ramp for the infrared sauna along with doors that open up wide, and an elevator to go between floors.


From the View Newspapers: To increase our talent pool, we must be inclusive

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By Kristina Johnston

I am continuing to hear feedback from local business leaders that the effects of the talent shortage are presenting a challenge. This isn’t something that is unique to Flint & Genesee; it’s been affecting the entire nation since the pandemic. In fact, according to a survey conducted by the Manpower Group, 77 percent of employers report difficulty in filling roles.

The number is staggering, sitting at a 17-year high, but there are several ways we can address this – both at the Flint & Genesee Group and in our business community – to help improve that statistic. One thing our employers can do is look beyond the talent base they’re used to.


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