‘Business Bridge’ contracting expo to connect minority owned businesses with buyers

In a continuing effort to address barriers to success for minority-owned businesses, the Flint & Genesee Economic Alliance will host the Business Bridge Minority Business Contracting Expo on Oct. 26.

“Many small businesses in Genesee County are owned by someone who is Black, Indigenous and/or a person of color (BIPOC),” said Sandra Etherly- Johnson, executive director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Community Relations at the Flint & Genesee Group. “This event – which builds upon the work of the Business Bridge’s digital directory – aims to help these businesses make connections, find resources, and promote their products and services to area buyers.”


Flint & Genesee ‘Talent Tours’ recognized by International Economic Development Council

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Less than a year after the Flint & Genesee Economic Alliance launched its Talent Tours program, the initiative has received recognition from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Specifically, the program has earned a 2023 Excellence in Economic Development Bronze Award in the category of Innovation Programs & Initiatives.

“We are thrilled to be recognized for our work in connecting underserved residents and returning citizens to local employers and job opportunities,” said Tyler Rossmaessler, executive director of the Flint & Genesee Economic Alliance, a division of the Flint & Genesee Group. “The Talent Tours initiative turns the concept of a job fair on its head by bringing job applicants to the employers. It’s a great way to break down barriers, support local businesses, and empower community members seeking a second chance.”


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FACES of Flint & Genesee Business: Jim Malenich, President/CEO of Fessler & Bowman

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Fessler & Bowman, originally founded 60 years ago by Don Fessler and George Bowman, has evolved significantly over the years. From its origins as a residential flatwork and basement wall contractor, the company underwent substantial growth and development under Jim Malenich, the current President and CEO.

Malenich’s journey at Fessler & Bowman began in 1995 as an estimator under Don Fessler’s guidance. He quickly rose through the ranks, contributing to the company’s expansion. He acknowledges the freedom and support given by the founders, Don and George, as instrumental in his professional growth.


Looking for a career? Explore apprenticeships

Finishing high school is an amazing milestone in many people’s lives. However, entering the adult world might not be as glamorous. Especially if you haven’t landed on a path for your career. Luckily, in Genesee County, there are resources available for those who don’t want to take the traditional college route to their future, but rather jump right in and get going.

For those go-getters, apprenticeship programs are a different avenue to consider. A huge benefit to going that route is the ability to earn a living while in training. It is also a great way to get a head start on your future.

“It’s a career, it isn’t just a job that you are going into to make some money,” says Wanda Bigelow, apprenticeship manager at GST Michigan Works! “It’s something individuals want to do long term.”


Save your seat for the Art of Achievement Awards

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Every year in November, the Flint & Genesee Group recognizes business leaders, community champions, and hospitality professionals during the annual Art of Achievement Awards.

This year's event will be held Nov. 9 at the FIM Capitol Theatre, with registration and red cap arrival beginning at 6 p.m.


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Oct. 18 | FGYP Presents: Nonprofit Knowledge

Oct. 19 | Grant Writing 201

Oct. 20 | African American Advisory Committee Meeting

Oct. 26 | Business Bridge Minority Business Contracting Expo

Oct. 26 | Connect Over Coffee with Mott Community College

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