Crain’s Detroit Business Highlights Affirmations Board President Mike Flores in ’40 Under 40′

BTL Staff
By | 2019-09-11T15:27:45-04:00 September 11th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Crain’s Detroit Business selected business leaders across the state of Michigan to highlight in their “40 Under 40” program. Among the leaders selected was Southeast Michigan’s own Mike Flores, who is currently running for Ferndale City Council and serves as the board president of the city’s Affirmations LGBTQ community center.
Among his other successes, Crain’s highlighted Flores for his work in helping the center stay open last during a period of financial uncertainty and extend its services beyond its 30th birthday.
According to the report, Flores’ goals for Affirmations extend far beyond keeping it operational, he is working to increase the center’s projected annual revenue from $500,000 to $1 million. That kind of success, he said, starts from partnerships. Regarding the work required to keep Affirmations afloat, he said it wouldn’t have been possible without community support and guidance.
“Even though … a lot of advancements and movements have happened in the LGBT community in the last 30 years, a lot more still needs to happen to achieve full equality within our community,” he said. “To me it was very rewarding … to be part of a community that really stepped up and said, ‘Affirmations continues to be important and we want to keep Affirmations open.'”
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