Regional Chamber and eTEAM Sponsor Conference; SBA Michigan District Director to Speak

Jumpstart Logo(FLINT, MICH – March 8)  Aspiring entrepreneurs in Genesee County can learn how to start a business and existing small businesses can learn growth strategies at the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce eTEAM’s fifth Annual Jumpstart Conference.  The conference, which takes place on Thursday, March 22 at the Holiday Inn Gateway Centre from 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., includes workshops and an awards luncheon.

The luncheon highlighting the “Genesee 10 to Watch” and Spark Award recipients will feature Gerald Moore, Michigan District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration as the key note speaker.  Moore will share his personal experience as an entrepreneur and address ways the SBA can assist small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Tim Herman, CEO of the Regional Chamber describes the Jumpstart Conference as an excellent way for Genesee County entrepreneurs and small business owners to gain the knowledge needed to grow successful businesses.

“Entrepreneurs looking to create or grow a business in Genesee County will find what they need at Jumpstart,” said Herman. “The conference is designed to connect businesses with development and growth resources.  Participants will also have the opportunity to network with other business owners to hear first-hand their strategies for success.”

Jumpstart participants will have the opportunity to participate in breakout sessions on a variety of topics, including:

  • Government contracting
  • Business planning
  • Marketing
  • Legal Structures
  • Inventors:  Idea to Market

“Jumpstart is a low-cost event for entrepreneurs and new business owners and the agenda is packed full of valuable information,” said Janice Karcher, Regional Chamber Vice President of Economic Development.  “This conference is an opportunity to encourage entrepreneurship in the region.”

The conference also features an awards luncheon highlighting businesses selected as the “Genesee 10 to Watch” and Spark Award recipients.  The honorees are selected based on their growth trajectory and entrepreneurial success.  Spark Awards are presented to new businesses and the Genesee 10 to Watch recognizes early stage businesses that have exhibited growth.

The cost to participate in Jumpstart is $10, which includes breakfast and lunch.  To register for Jumpstart visit and for more information contact Nell Taylor, Regional Chamber Business Development Manager at (810) 600-1434 or

The Holiday Inn Gateway Centre is located at 5353 Gateway Centre in Flint.

The Regional Chamber eTEAM is a partnership of entrepreneurial service providers working to connect local entrepreneurs and small businesses with resources to promote growth and success.  eTEAM member organizations include:  MI-Small Business & Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC), City of Flint, The Career Alliance – Michigan Works! Association, Metro Community Development and Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) in addition to many other service providers. 

About the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce

The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce ( is the voice of business and community advocacy in Genesee County. The Regional Chamber is over 100 years old, was established before the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and is a founding member of the United States Chamber of Commerce.

Two words describe the Regional Chamber as it enters its second century of service: collaboration and partnership. It is our goal to work with government, business, education and nonprofit organizations to support the growth and development of the community economically, culturally and socially.