Genesee County home to unique wedding venues

Having attended several weddings in recent years, I wasn’t too surprised to learn that the number of ceremonies and receptions held in non-traditional venues – including historic homes, museums and parks – is on the rise. In fact, according to The Knot Real Weddings Study, only 22 percent of nuptials were held in religious institutions in 2017. Thankfully, Flint & […]

Empowerment comes after the 30s

Since my 42nd birthday is Nov. 2 and I like movies, I’ve been noting how women in their 40s are depicted in movies and noting what the movie makers depict as “messy,” comparing it to my own reality. In Bridget Jones’s Baby, On Bridget’s 43rd birthday her old group of friends cancel their plans to spend time with her because […]

Flint & Genesee Chamber’s ‘culture’ of purpose and responsibility

Last week, Flint & Genesee was privileged to host the annual convention of the Michigan Association of Chamber Professionals (MACP), which is the industry alliance for chambers of commerce in our state. The gathering, held Oct. 17-19 at the Holiday Inn Flint-Grand Blanc Area, brought to Flint & Genesee nearly 200 chamber professionals – including representatives from the Michigan, Grand […]

The fuss over straight-party ballots

We’ve heard a lot lately about the elimination of the straightparty ballot in the upcoming Nov. 6 election. A straight-party ballot is where a voter goes into the polls and checks one box to vote for all of the candidates in one party. The move has caused an uproar among many people. Some say the elimination of straight-party voting is […]

Last week for election letters to the editor

The View Newspapers welcome election-related letters to the editor. We believe it’s important to hear from our readers on what issues you believe are important and which candidate(s) you favor and why. As with anything, we have some ground rules for election-related letters. Deadlines The deadline for submitting letters to the editor regarding the Nov. 6 election is Oct. 22 […]

Training in workplace readiness gives teens competitive edge

Ask any employer to describe their ideal employee, and they’ll probably give you a list of qualities including strong communication skills, good work ethic and the ability to problem solve. While it sounds like this kind of job candidate would be relatively common, soft skills remain elusive in today’s talent pool. In fact, in a 2016 survey from the Wall […]

A single guy’s thoughts on parenting

Parenting terms. They seem to be all the buzz in the news and on social media today. You’ve probably read articles or blog posts detailing the latest trends: Why x parenting style is superior to y parenting style, nature vs. nurture etc. Few topics generate more passion and controversy than parenting—or more specifically—arguments about the ideal way to raise children. […]

Want to become an entrepreneur? resources are available

Are you looking to start a business but not sure where or to whom to turn? If the answer is yes, this column may be helpful. In my role as the CEO of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, I interact with the business community regularly – those that are well-established, entrepreneurs that may be looking to start a […]

Forgive me while I try to work through forgiving others

This is not a sermon; it’s just me trying to figure out something that’s been on my mind. I’ve been pondering forgiveness. It started when I decided I needed peace, and I thought forgiveness would be a good starting point. When I really thought about it, though, I realized I wasn’t sure exactly what forgiveness meant. Many people have hurt […]

Get a full-fledged fall experience in Flint and Genesee County

One of my favorite things about living in Flint and Genesee County is that there’s always something to do. This region is a four-season destination offering all kinds of events and attractions, and fall is no exception. Right now, for example, it’s a great time to visit one of the county’s many orchards, which are currently harvesting varieties including Macintosh […]

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