Swartz Creek Area Chamber

The Creek is Rising


  • Mon, May 21, 2018 8:10 AM | Anonymous

    FLINT, MI – Financial Plus Credit Union knows how deserving and hardworking teachers are, that is why they put together their FPCU Love’s Teachers Classroom Giveaway! The submission period opened on Wednesday, February 14th for this contest. Teachers were nominated by submissions at myfpcu.com. The entry period ended on April 8th and the top 5 nominated teachers were voted on. “We developed this giveaway to take away some of the additional expense and resources teachers face. We were thrilled to be giving away not only one classroom makeover but two surprise mini makeovers as well. Our goal is to help these hardworking teachers upgrade their classrooms for the remainder of the school year.” said Olga Long, Senior Vice President. The teacher with the most votes was Ms. Kalena Kenny from Hemlock Elementary winning the $1,500 classroom makeover. Ms. Kenny was surprised by a school assembly put on by Hemlock Elementary and Financial Plus Credit Union. Due to overwhelming response and participation Financial Plus couldn’t stop there. They also chose to award two additional teachers to receive a mini classroom makeover. Mrs. Izabella Lopez of Freeland Learning Center and Mrs. Courtney Theisen of Shields Elementary School were each surprised in their classrooms with a check for $500! Winning Teacher Submissions: Ms. Kalena Kenny of Hemlock Elementary - "Kalena is an outstanding young fives teacher who goes above and beyond for every student in her class on a daily basis. Even with a small classroom packed full of 27 energetic five year olds, she has found a way to excel in every way possible. The students adore her and she is nothing short of a saint when it comes to welcoming each and every one of them daily. From dress up days to themed centers in her classroom transforming stations into spaceships, bakeries, the Mayflower, and so much more. I am beyond blessed to have my child in her class this year. I think Kalena is very deserving of this classroom makeover and I can only imagine what other wonderful opportunities this would provide for her to create. She is a spark of energy, a natural leader, and a deserving educator!" – Anonymous Submission Mrs. Izabella Lopez of Freeland Learning Center - "Mrs. Lopez is my son’s first grade teacher. She encourages her students to look at the world around them not just in their backyard. My 7 year old son has sheets of paper with Polish words and their meanings on them that he did himself because he wants to be able to speak to his teacher in her native language. At first I thought it would pass but he is trying to learn the language and I believe that speaks volumes that he would spend his free time learning. Mrs. Lopez is super kind and her students just adore her. I believe if she wins it would be a wonderful surprise." – Anonymous Submission

    Mrs. Courtney Theisen of Shields Elementary - "Mrs. Theisen is the BEST! She is always smiling

    and really nice to all the students. She never yells at any of us. She makes school fun. My favorite

    thing to do in her class is math. She is really busy. She takes care of all of us and then goes home

    to take care of her family. This is why she deserves to win!!" – Anonymous Submission

    For more information, please contact Kristen Brisbin, Public Relations Specialist of Financial Plus

    at (810) 244-2507.

    Financial Plus Credit Union is a Flint-based, member-owned, not-for-profit financial institution

    serving over 55,000 members in 34 counties in Michigan. Financial Plus Credit Union operates

    through seven conveniently located offices in Flint, Flint Township, Swartz Creek, Fenton, Grand

    Blanc, Howell, Saginaw, and the rest of the Tri-City area. For more information, please visit

    www.myfpcu.com or call 800-748-0451.

  • Mon, May 14, 2018 8:33 AM | Anonymous

    The Swartz Creek Area Chamber of Commerce formally welcomed Eatin’ Vegan to town with a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 2. Owned by mother-daughter duo Rosa and Angela Perkins, the restaurant has been serving up healthy, vegan alternatives since Dec. 18. “It’s going really well,” said Angela Perkins. “We’ve been very well received. A lot of people who come in aren’t even vegan. They just want to eat healthy and support local business.” The Perkinses decided to open a vegan eatery because they recognized an unserved niche in the dining market. “I’ve been vegan for the last year,” Rosa Perkins said. “(Angela) is gluten-free. It’s difficult to find places that are trustworthy if we want to eat out. I knew if we had that problem, other people were having the same problem.” Eatin’ Vegan is rolling out a new spring menu with more cold salads, a raw juice bar and possibly some cold soups. Above, Rosa Perkins wields the scissors with daughter Angela Perkins by her side, while Carolyn McQuigg and Robert Perkins hold the ribbon. Also attending the event were, back row from left, Tracey Ledford, Kristen Brisben, Jacqueline Hosler, Debra Hackett, Dawn Jamison, Kali Varner, John Knickerbocker, David Mayers and Linda Russell.

  • Thu, April 26, 2018 9:01 AM | Anonymous

    Surrounded by family, associates and representatives from the Swartz Creek Area Chamber of Commerce and West Flint Business Association, Jodi Blackburn wields the ceremonial scissors to snip the ribbon at The FURlough dog daycare and pet resort Tuesday. The chamber and association teamed up to sponsor the ribbon-cutting to officially welcome the new business to town. Blackburn and her husband, David (standing to Jodi’s left), own the business, located at 3095 S. Dye Road in Flint Township. The FURlough offers both day and over-night care for all kinds of household pets, and soon will also provide grooming services. There’s even a small boutique with unique gift items for pets and pet-lovers. Others who joined in on the ceremony include, back row from left, SCACC Treasurer Shelly Horkey, SCACC member Carolyn McQuigg, WFBA member Kim Wilkins, The FURlough General Manager Cory Graham, WFBA President Jessica Lanave, Kristy Kranz; and, front row from left, SCACC Vice President Nathan Shue, SCACC Secretary Linda Russell, SCACC members Kali Varner and Jim Miller, Flint Township Economic Development Director Tracey Tucker, SCACC President John Knickerbocker and Graham’s father-in-law, Richard.

  • Mon, April 16, 2018 10:39 AM | Anonymous

    Starz Award Ballot 2018 (1).pdf

    Click on the link to access the ballot. Mail entries to Swartz Creek Chamber of Commerce, 5023 Holland Drive, Swartz Creek MI, 48473; or email to info@swartzcreekchamber.org. Entries also may be dropped off during the Chamber luncheons.

  • Fri, March 30, 2018 8:54 AM | Anonymous

    Genesee County— The Old Newsboys and the Flint Firebirds* have teamed up to raffle off a Flint Firebirds Electronic Golf Cart.

    Get your tickets now and support the Old Newsboys and the Flint Firebirds Foundation by purchasing a $5.00 raffle ticket. The winner of the golf cart will be drawn on August 30, 2018 at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center @ 8pm. Need Not Be Present to Win. Tickets are currently available at the following locations:

    • The Flint Firebirds Team Store 3501 Lapeer Rd, Flint MI. 48503

    • The Old Newsboys of Flint office. 6255 Taylor Drive, Flint MI. 48507

    For more information contact the Old Newsboys @ 810.744.1840, or Flint Firebirds @ 810.744.0580. All proceeds will benefit the Old Newsboys of Flint and the Firebirds Charitable Foundation.

    Old Newsboys Executive Director, Christopher Hamilton states” Proceeds from this raffle will help to provide Christmas boxes to needy children in Genesee County” The Old Newsboys have put presents under the tree for over 812,000 children across Genesee County. Last year alone, 6,179 children received gifts from the Old Newsboys. “With the support of the community we’re making a difference,” continues Hamilton, “one child at a time.”

    *About the Flint Firebirds

    The Flint Firebirds are a proud member of the prestigious Ontario Hockey League (OHL) based in Flint, Michigan, USA. The team is part of the West Division of the Western Conference in the OHL, known as the premiere player development league for the NHL. The Firebirds players, generally ranging in ages between 16 and 20, play their regular season home games at the Dort Federal Event Center in Flint between September and March.

  • Tue, March 27, 2018 2:56 PM | Anonymous


     Golf Outing

    “The Village of Lennon Volunteers is an IRS recognized public charity, an organization consisting of local residents and business owners working together with Village officials and other organizations who are committed to the improvement and enhancement of the Village and its surrounding inhabitants for current and future generations. The Village of Lennon Volunteers accepts members of any race, religion, or creed.”

                It is the goal of the Lennon Volunteers to enhance and improve the façade and image of the Village, which will result in the influx of new businesses and families to our area. These enhancements will bring a certain level of prestige back to our small village.

     The necessary improvements and enhancements desired will take time,

     funding, cooperation, and lots of patience.  However, the Village Volunteers will be instrumental in the pursuit of realizing these plans.

                As a means of raising funds for future endeavors, the Village of Lennon Volunteers is holding its annual golf outing on Friday, June 22, 2018

     at the Dutch Hollow Golf Course in Durand, Michigan. The format will be a four person scramble shotgun, starting at   10:00 a.m.

        We are reaching out through the community seeking donations or sponsorship of a team or greens etc from businesses and individuals in an effort to make this outing a success.  The funds will be used for the improvement of the Village and “ matching funds”, for grants sought.

    Suggested sponsorship selections:

                          Sponsor a team     $260.00 (Outing will be limited to 34 teams)                      Sponsorships of tees, greens etc..   $50.00 (sponsor’s name will be advertised with a printed sign that will be strategically placed around the golf course)

    Another example of sponsorship would be donating items to be given away in “welcome bags” for 136 players (packet of tees, sleeve of golf balls, key chains, ball point pens, golf   towels etc.)

    Persons interested in becoming a sponsor can contact:

    Bud Austin      810-938-4150 (cell)           Erich  Grams   810-444-4449 (cell)          

    Steve Harrington 810-553-7376                Al  Chargo      810-621-3227                  

    David Mayers 810-845-8540 (cell)

    All checks should be made out and mailed to:

    Village of Lennon Volunteers

     attn: Golf Committee

    P.O .Box 364

    Lennon, MI  48449                                                                              

                                           Thanking you in advance,

                                           Village of Lennon Volunteers                             

    VoLV ENTRY FORM 2018.docx

  • Thu, March 22, 2018 2:48 PM | Anonymous


    810-452-2652 • lrocha@mihomepaper.com

    SWARTZ CREEK – Downtown Swartz Creek could get a little more beautified this year if merchants take advantage of the Downtown Development Authority’s façade improvement grants.

    The DDA will offer up to $10,000 in total grant money this year. Businesses seeking a portion of the funds must match the amount awarded even-steven.

    Downtown business owners may use the money to improve storefronts, signs, awnings, outdoor pedestrian/ dining areas and other exterior features that help create a charming or otherwise inviting ambiance in the central business district.

    “The idea is to promote investment in historic or unique features that might otherwise be financially untenable,” City Manager Adam Zettel wrote in a letter sent to owners of commercial and office properties within the DDA district.

    Through the façade improvement program, the DDA is encouraging business owners to increase the community’s collective curb appeal by preserving and enhancing historic features, creating interesting and inviting entryways, providing outdoor seating and dining areas, installing simple yet interesting signage (preferably free-hanging signs situated perpendicular to the roadway), applying creative graphics to storefronts, improving landscaping and lighting, and/or adding similar nuances to create a harmonious portrait in the Miller/Morrish corridor and beyond.

    Maps of precise boundaries, and details about how to apply, are available at city hall.

  • Wed, March 21, 2018 1:35 PM | Anonymous

    Wednesday, April 4th

    9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    5201 Woodhaven Ct.

    Flint, MI 48532

    If you are interested in a fulfilling career working with seniors, you will find many job opportunities at the Woodhaven Job Fair. We are currently interviewing or hiring for the following positions:

    • ·         Wait staff
    • ·         Cooks
    • ·         House keeping
    • ·         Front desk
    • ·         Maintenance
    • ·         Finance Assistant
    • ·         Clubhouse Manager

    Woodhaven is a senior community in Flint township providing housing options to independent seniors. We have two building of congregate living as well as separate duplex housing on our campus. Our residents enjoy different levels of independent living along with integrated social activities for the community.

    If you are interested in a position with our company, please attend our job fair Wednesday, April 4th between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Please come prepared to interview along with your resume. Interviews will be held in our community clubhouse located at 5111Woodlands Ct. on the Woodhaven campus. For GPS navigation purposes, please use the 5201 Woodhaven Ct. Flint, MI 48532 address. Enter through the second entrance going south and drive straight back. The clubhouse building is just past the eagle statue

    Come join our staff of dedicated and caring employees.

  • Wed, March 21, 2018 1:35 PM | Anonymous

    FLINT — Financial Plus Credit Union announced that they are now accepting applications for the 2018 Financial Plus “You are the Future” scholarship.

    Two students will each be awarded a $1,000 scholarship through this program. High school students graduating in 2018 with a 3.0 GPA or a current full-time college or university student with a 3.0 GPA can apply until May 3. The candidate must complete the application with a short essay (500 words or less) on how the candidate will make a positive impact in our community or already is making an impact in the community.

    “This scholarship was created to award two lucky students the chance to reach their educational goals and to help the students out with college expenses. We are proud of each of these talented and hardworking individuals who strive to make their community a better place and want to encourage a higher education” said Olga Long, Senior Vice President.

    To apply for the “You are the Future” scholarship, applicants must complete and submit the following; scholarship application, essay, letter of recommendation, and a transcript. Designated Scholarship Judges at Financial Plus Credit Union will review all scholarship entries and award the scholarship recipients based on attaining all eligibility requirements and contents of essay. To apply for the Financial Plus Credit Union “You are the Future” scholarship please visit: www.myfpcu.com.

    Details: Call 810-244-2507 or visit www.myFPCU.com. — G.G.

  • Fri, March 16, 2018 4:32 PM | Anonymous

    From the Swartz Creek View:


    810-452-2652 • lrocha@mihomepaper.com

    SWARTZ CREEK – The Swartz Creek Area Chamber of Commerce has begun preparations for the annual Starz awards luncheon in June.

    The chamber’s Starz committee has selected “Where Town and Country Meet” as this year’s theme.

    As always, the chamber will reach out to the community to nominate honorees for the six awards. So, put on your thinking caps and let the chamber know who deserves any of the following recognition:

    The Swartz Creek Kiwanis/Sue Taylor Award for an individual who has given the most of themselves to the community, schools and/or area businesses or service organizations.

    The Star Business of the Year for a business that has gone above and beyond to promote growth, prosperity and camaraderie in the Swartz Creek area.

    The Hometown Hero for a police officer, firefighter, EMT, public servant, elected official or someone held in high esteem as an example for the people of the community.

    The Children’s Champion for an individual who goes above and beyond for the children of the community.

    The Lifetime Service Award for a wellknown name in the community, someone who throws his or her hat in often and, for years, who always says, “Yes,” when the community is in need.

    Member of the Year for a chamber member that has contributed above and beyond.

    The event serves as a fundraiser, with proceeds benefiting an area charity. The recipient is yet to be determined.

    Anyone interested in donating goods for the silent auction should contact the chamber office at 810-733-8882 or info@swartzcreekchamber.org.

    Watch upcoming editions of the Swartz Creek View for more details.

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