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3rd Annual Flint & Genesee ‘Meet the Buyer’ for 2016

FLINT — The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Region 6 PTAC and the I-69 Thumb Region, are gearing up for the 3rd Annual Flint & Genesee Meet the Buyer event.

And the number of prospective buyers is up nearly 50 percent – from 21 to 31 – over last year’s event.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to have a face-to-face connection with buyers at the city, state and federal government,” said Stacy Betts, Director of the Region 6 PTAC. “Small businesses looking for diversification opportunities should attend. But space is limited.”

‘Meet the Buyer’ takes place on Jan. 28, from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at the Riverfront Banquet Center in Flint.

Cost: $35 for Flint & Genesee Chamber members; $50 for non-members. Register Now.

Details: Call — G.G.

Goodwill opens new store

FLINT — On Jan. 20, Goodwill Industries of Mid-Michigan celebrated the grand opening of an outlet store at their corporate office location on Averill Avenue in the City of Flint. This marks a return to a retail location for a space that was repurposed as office space for the past several years to help assist in Goodwill’s mission.

The new Outlet Center uses bins to stock merchandise and each bin will start with fresh stock every morning and are then rotated out, replaced with fresh stock again twice during the course of the day.

The Goodwill Outlet Center is located at 501 S. Averill Ave., Flint.

“We are thrilled to have a store back in Flint. This unique shopping environment will appeal to all the bargain hunters in our community” said Angella Thompson, V.P. of Retail Operations & Marketing, Goodwill Industries of Mid-Michigan. — G.G.

Snyder makes appointment to the Flint Receivership Transition Advisory Board

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Michael Townsend, of Flint, to the city of Flint Receivership Transition Advisory board.

The board was first named in April 2015 after the city of Flint transitioned back to local control.

“Michael has decades of experience with municipal finances, and specifically the city of Flint’s budget. I appreciate his willingness to serve and lend his insight as the city continues to work diligently on budget stabilization,” Snyder said.

For more information about Public Act 436 of 2012, the Local Financial Stability and Choice Act, visit the Local Government Fiscal Health page on the Department of Treasury’s web site at treasury. — G.G.

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