"Small businesses, specifically micro-small businesses owned by women and POC, are the fabric of communities. When you shop from small businesses in your community there is a ripple effect in the lives of people you and improves the lives of people you see every day," said Ali Rose van Overbeke, founder of Genusee. "The majority of Genusee's supply chain is within 188 mile radius of Flint. There is something really special and unique about knowing the people in your supply chain face to face and interacting with them on a daily basis. We're really grateful that we were able to survive the pandemic and also support our local suppliers and manufacturing partners here in Flint and the state of Michigan."