Small businesses such as retail stores and restaurants can be a driver for tourism and travel. According to US Travel two of the top leisure travel activities for U.S. domestic travelers include shopping and fine dining. At Explore Flint & Genesee, we know that local small businesses are some of the best kept secrets in Flint & Genesee.

For this reason, the division is joining the Flint & Genesee Chamber in celebrating Small Business Month.

Modeled on National Small Business Week (May 2-8), established by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) more than 50 years ago, the Chamber decided to dedicate a whole month to acknowledge the critical contributions of entrepreneurs and small business owners to the local economy.

To help promote the month, Explore Flint & Genesee will be sharing stories from local small businesses through our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Flint & Genesee locals and avid friends can help spread the word, too. As part of the campaign, the Chamber launched a webpage to promote the monthlong observance. It includes profiles of local small business owners, a calendar of events, and a social media toolkit for business owners and patrons. This webpage can be found at flintandgenesee.org/smallbusiness.

Additionally, businesses and customers can share their own small business stories during the month by using the hashtag #SupportFlintGenesee. These stories will be curated on the Flint & Genesee Small Business Month webpage and may be shared on Explore Flint & Genesee social media pages.

Finally, the best way to celebrate Flint & Genesee Small Business Month is by supporting the area businesses. Find your new favorite business by exploring our restaurant, shopping and attraction listings on our website.

501 Bar & Grill

Art Deco. Modernistic. Inviting with stylish sophistication and flair. Located in Flint's Downtown... Read More

A Bit of Earth

Located in the Flint Farmers' Market, and open year around on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, A Bit... Read More

AMaizing BookBee

New and used book seller located in the Shops on Saginaw, in Flint's Downtown Entertainment... Read More

Bridge Street Exchange

Bridge Street Exchange is a men's store featuring legendary brands of clothing and accessories,... Read More

The Montrose Pub

Local watering hole! Great food, great drinks, great service & great prices. Come as you are. Kids... Read More

Flushing A

The Flushing A is a nostalgic look back to the "old"days. Great burgers, onion rings and fish and... Read More

Comma Bookstore & Social Hub

Not your average bookstore, we specialize in BIPOC books, art, and products. Established in 2020,... Read More

Wears Like New

At Wears Like New, we want to change the "stigma." For consignment stores, it's often a negative... Read More

Michigan Escape Games

Michigan Escape Games (MEG) brings reality-based adventure gaming to mid-Michigan. Through unique... Read More

Eclections

Eclections is a women's clothing store, located in Fenton, offering the latest fashions in clothing,... Read More

SHIFT

SHIFT is a unique shopping venue specializing in specialize in women's clothing and accessories, and... Read More

Little Joe’s Tavern

Little Joe’s Tavern was born during the dark days of the Great Depression. Unable to find work,... Read More

Main Street Treasures

Main Street Treasures is family owned and operated. They have been proudly serving the Flushing... Read More

Brush Alley Skateshop

A skateboard shop, ran by skaters, for skaters located in Flint's Downtown Entertainment District.... Read More

Glam Boutique

Small shops with big GLAM experiences. Clothing, bath and body and gifts. Read More

Prime Eight Ten

Prime Eight Ten offers upscale dining, quality cocktails, and an elegant lounge with bottle service,... Read More

Fenton Winery & Brewery

Founded in 2007, the Fenton Winery & Brewery is an award winning and innovative microbrewery and... Read More

Soggy Bottom Bar

Soggy Bottom serves mouthwatering hamburgers, nacho chips and bacon. Sit back and enjoy a craft... Read More

Buckham Gallery

Founded in 1984, Buckham Gallery is an artist-run, not-for-profit exhibition and performance space... Read More