With the end of 2017 fast approaching, the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for productive new year. Through partnering with the University of Michigan, Michigan SBDC, Disability Network and others, the Chamber will offer six different professional development opportunities during January—with several others planned for the following months.

Stay tuned for the release of the complete Training and Development catalog for 2018. And in the meantime, be sure to save the date for:

January 16: Working in a Multigenerational Space

  • Millennials will make up roughly 50 percent of the U.S. workforce in 2020 and 75 percent of the global workforce by 2030. Learn how to make the most of your multigenerational workforce and deepen your understanding of this generation and their unique potential. During this workshop, you will learn to identify the characteristics of each generation’s view of the workplace, develop strategies to collaborate with all generations and follow effective communication practices for a multigenerational workplace.

January 17: Starting a Business

  • Do you know what it takes to turn your skill into a successful business? Find out during this seminar, which is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment or are at the beginning stages of starting a business. Aspiring entrepreneurs will learn how to assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products and services. The session will also cover start-up costs, financing options, business planning and the necessary steps to get started.

January 18: The Uncommon Factor

  • Improve your business’s bottom line by leveraging the perceived weaknesses of your employees. Using powerful self-assessments from Dave Rendall, author of “The Freak Factor,” you can identify weaknesses and learn how to leverage them into strengths. With the right perspective and an uncommon approach, what was once thought of as liability is actually an asset.

January 24: Leading from Within

  • In Co-Active Leadership, there are five key leadership styles: Leader Within, In Front, Behind, Beside and in the Field. In this session, we will focus on the “Leader Within” – the foundation on which all other leadership styles are built.  Attendees will learn to give themselves permission to be their best selves, and model the self-awareness and authority necessary to be whole leaders. This is the first session in a four-part series; it may be attended as a standalone workshop.

January 29: Vision Board Party

  • Developing a business plan doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. In fact, it can fun! Find out for yourself during this Vision Board Party, which focuses on goal setting, strategic planning, resource awareness, scheduling and assessment. Participants will be given the tools to create a vision board that plots out different elements of their start-ups or existing businesses. All supplies will be provided.

January 31: Writing a Business Plan

  • For individuals who want to launch or grow their business, a carefully considered plan and course of action will increase the probability of success. This seminar covers business planning in detail and will use real-life examples to illustrate effective planning. Attendees will leave with the tools and information needed to draft their own business plans.

Interested in attending one of the workshops? For more information, contact Kaelin Hurst at khurst@flintandgenesee.org or call (810) 600-1404.