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Displaying items tagged: Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses

Friday, 14 October 2022 15:59

Developers prepare for stronger stormwater management requirements; GR plans credit trading program

GRAND RAPIDS — A wave of stricter stormwater management requirements are going into effect across the state, highlighting the need for additional funding tools to help developers and businesses create green infrastructure.

Thursday, 05 May 2022 18:56

New GR construction management firm aims to diversify the industry

Two entrepreneurs and a construction industry veteran are launching a new Grand Rapids-based construction management firm.

Sunday, 13 March 2022 18:53

Advocates seek minority voices, opportunity with 12 ‘transformational’ projects

Regional business and economic development leaders recently announced a list of 12 “transformational” projects that could reshape Kent County’s ability to attract visitors, new residents and employers.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 19 December 2021 18:25

Access to capital remains key challenge for Black-owned businesses

Access to capital, markets and networks are the three primary barriers to success for Black entrepreneurs, according to Jamiel Robinson.

Published in Small Business
Tuesday, 20 July 2021 12:10

Lt. Gov. Gilchrist sees ‘unprecedented’ opportunities for small business relief programs

GRAND RAPIDS — Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist was in Grand Rapids Monday touting the Whitmer administration’s Economic Jumpstart Plan for small businesses as billions of dollars in federal COVID-19 relief funding comes into Michigan.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 09 May 2021 18:00

Municipalities and organizations play catch-up on diversity, equity and inclusion as minority business leaders seek resources

It’s been a year since social media timelines were filled with Black Lives Matter hashtags, messages of solidarity with people of color, and promises to address racism as organizations responded to the national racial justice movement.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 22 November 2020 14:59

Member-based nonprofits bolster efforts to deliver aid to minority-owned businesses

When the coronavirus pandemic hit eight months ago, many Latinx and Black business owners missed out on federal loans and other relief because they didn’t have relationships with local bankers or didn’t have financial statements in order.

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 22 November 2020 10:47

MiBiz Growth Report: November 22, 2020

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for November 22, 2020.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 11 November 2020 09:41

Flagstar Bank grants $150,000 for minority-owned small businesses in West Michigan

Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses and the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce received $75,000 each from Flagstar Bank to offer grants to small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Small Business

Monday, 09 November 2020 15:20

Comcast donates $25,000 in pandemic relief for Grand Rapids Black-owned businesses

GRAND RAPIDS — Black-owned businesses negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Grand Rapids can apply for financial assistance from a $25,000 donation from Comcast Corp. 

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 12 July 2020 20:14

Translators hired to help Asian businesses apply for Kent County COVID-19 funding

Kent County officials have provided $40,000 to help minority business owners facing language barriers access COVID-19 relief funding.

Published in Small Business
Wednesday, 24 June 2020 18:02

Black, Hispanic biz groups criticize Kent County’s process to allocate COVID relief funding

GRAND RAPIDS — Two organizations representing minority-owned businesses issued a public statement Wednesday condemning a Kent County program that’s distributing $25 million in federal CARES Act funding for small business relief.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 21 June 2020 16:06

Groups say their assistance with Kent County relief fund merits compensation

  GRAND RAPIDS — In partnering on a $25 million small business relief fund, Kent County and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce want to tap a number of community and entrepreneurial support organizations to get the word out to companies and provide volunteers to vet grant applicants. 

Published in Finance
Sunday, 07 June 2020 19:21

‘INSULT TO INJURY:’ GR business owners rebound from protest damage as local leaders seek to mend old wounds

GRAND RAPIDS — The May 30 violence following protests against police brutality not only damaged dozens of downtown businesses on the verge of reopening, but also has caused local leaders to revisit efforts to mend the city’s historically strained police-community relations.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 04 June 2020 14:40

State, GR in discussions on resolution involving systemic bias at GRPD

GRAND RAPIDS — As part of an ongoing investigation into dozens of discrimination complaints against the Grand Rapids Police Department, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and the city are in discussions over a “global resolution” involving systemic bias at the GRPD.

Published in Economic Development

Wednesday, 22 April 2020 11:18

Grand Rapids Chamber seeks additional $2 million for small business relief fund

The foundation for the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce wants to raise another $2 million for an emergency relief fund for small businesses affected by closures from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 12 April 2020 18:48

Minority-owned businesses face structural barriers as they seek COVID-19 recovery

Leaders of Asian, Latino and African American business groups say their members face distinct challenges while recovering economically from the coronavirus, including a historical lack of access to capital, discrimination, immigration status and language barriers. 

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 25 November 2018 21:39

Alternative lender positions black-owned GR firm for growth

GRAND RAPIDS — When  realized it needed to add vehicles to its fleet to grow the business, founder Rich Flowers ran into some roadblocks familiar to many African American and minority entrepreneurs. 

Published in Small Business

Sunday, 24 July 2016 14:15

Hungry investors seek Grand Rapids housing deals, rankling longtime residents

GRAND RAPIDS — From an undisclosed $100 million foreign-backed fund to local real estate agents, investors of all kinds are staking their bets on the Grand Rapids housing market.