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Paul Weiss

Paul Weiss

Olive Garden manager honored

FLINT TWP. — Paul Weiss, General Manager of the Olive Garden in Flint, has been presented with Darden Restaurants’ top honor — the Joe R. Lee Diamond Club Award, named after the company’s retired chairman and CEO.

Now in its 15th year, the award is presented annually to general managers throughout North America who demonstrate outstanding results by delighting guests with a genuine Italian dining experience while also achieving top financial performance in the company’s previous fiscal year. This is the second time Weiss has received this recognition.

This year, Weiss joins an elite group of 39 General Managers selected from the more than 750 Olive Garden restaurants in North America, making this a truly exclusive membership. The Flint Olive Garden is located at 3699 Miller Road. — G.G.

Sidewalk sales in Holly

HOLLY — All shops in downtown Holly are clearing their merchandise to make room for fall inventory. There will be a sidewalk sale in downtown Holly and a flea market in Battle Alley on Aug. 11 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Details: Call 248-634-8800 or 248-634-9571. — G.G.

Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce launches speakers bureau

FLINT — The Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce announced the formation of a Speakers Bureau as part of its community outreach efforts.

The primary goals of the Speakers Bureau are to provide information on available programs and services; promote positive news happening in the community; increase the visibility of our work in the community; report the organization’s performance results; and communicate how the public can get involved in revitalizing the Flint-Genesee region.

According to CEO Tim Herman, the new Speakers Bureau is yet another way that the Regional Chamber looks to engage the community.

“We have launched a concerted effort to reach out and connect members of the community with opportunities such as training, jobs, education and entrepreneurial” said Herman. “The Speakers Bureau is part of that effort and serves as a convenient process for groups that invite us to speak.”

The Speakers Bureau provides Genesee Regional Chamber staff as speakers on topics including business services, economic development, employer and youth education, reinvention of Flint and Genesee County, government contracting, business and community engagement (how to get involved), and tourism and business networking. Genesee Regional Chamber leadership and staff are available to speak to non-profit, professional, educational, business and civic or trade organizations.

To request a speaker visit news_ room/? page_ id= 576. Detai ls: E-mail or — G.G.

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