"All of these things are small, boot-strap, entrepreneurial ventures by people who are willing to work hard for little pay," says Klaty. "I would like to think of us as part of that story of the almost micro entrepreneurs that I hope Flint is known for. I think that we've proven that relying on one big business is not the best thing."
Wherever you go in Flint, the conversations are all about, well, Flint. It's not just advocates and officials tasked with preaching the city's new gospel, either. Damn near everybody you talk to in Flint is eager to talk about how the city's turning around. If they're not wearing "Hard as Flint" T-shirts, they're busy chattering about the city's resurgence, not just to strangers, but among themselves.
"Everyone that comes through -- family, friends, people I have the opportunity to meet -- has a paradigm shift when they see what's going on," says Caya. "Nothing can convey that fact like actually seeing it. You're struggling against a perception issue. Once you get people to Flint, they're in."