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Flint & Genesee Business Bridge Kick-Off to provide support and resources for 175+ entrepreneurs, business owners


More than 175 entrepreneurs and businesses owners are expected to attend the Flint & Genesee Business Bridge Kick-off, hosted by Flint & Genesee Economic Alliance on Thursday, Oct. 27.

 The event serves as the official kick-off of the Flint & Genesee Business Bridge, a digital directory for businesses owned by someone who is Black, Indigenous and/or a person of color (BIPOC). Like the directory, the event is designed to help local minority-owned businesses make connections, find resources and promote their businesses to area buyers.

 During the event, attendees will hear from April January of AJP Commercial Shredding and Luther Brown of the John L. Group, who will share their experiences of starting and growing their businesses in Flint. Additionally, panel discussions will cover business certifications and a variety of resources available to minority-owned businesses in Flint & Genesee. A key piece of the event will be its matchmaking roundtables, where business owners will also have an opportunity to present their products and services and establish relationships with more than a dozen different buyers from organizations.


  • Tyler Rossmaessler, executive director of Flint & Genesee Economic Alliance
  • Business owners/speakers – April January of AJP Commercial Shredding and Luther Brown of the John L. Group
  • Buyers from a variety of local institutions, businesses and organizations


10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27

  •  10 a.m.: Registration
  • 10:30 a.m.: Welcome & kick-off
  • 10:40 a.m.: Speakers and panels
  • 12 p.m.: Lunch and networking break
  • 1 p.m.: Buyer matchmaking roundtables


New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church, 1035 East Carpenter Road, Flint

For more information, including registration information, click here: ‘Flint & Genesee Business Bridge’ an online directory of minority-owned small businesses – Flint and Genesee Economic Alliance (

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