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Displaying items by tag: Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

Monday, 31 January 2022 16:43

Future health care costs in focus as Spectrum, Beaumont finalize merger

The new health system that Spectrum Health and Beaumont Health plan to launch Tuesday will have considerable market clout in the Michigan health care market, raising concerns about the potential effect on costs.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 30 January 2022 14:00

Tax cut negotiations on deck between Whitmer, Republicans

Competing proposals from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republicans who control the Legislature put tax cuts on the election-year agenda in Lansing.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 16 January 2022 18:00

Biz groups quiet on economic implications of abortion restrictions

The longstanding U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, which has protected abortion access before fetal viability for 49 years, is set to be directly challenged this year. 

Published in Economic Development

Thursday, 13 January 2022 17:41

Biz groups welcome halt to ‘sweeping and disruptive’ federal vaccine mandate for large employers

Business advocates hailed Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that halted President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for larger employers.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 19 December 2021 19:00

Historic federal funding influx forces decision making by state, local policymakers

If there’s any certainty about 2022, it’s that Michigan policymakers will have billions of federal dollars to distribute for infrastructure and economic development. 

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 05 December 2021 16:45

New tools emerge to aid in affordable housing development

The lack of affordable housing has been a highly discussed topic at the local and state levels this past year as the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated an already tight market.



Sunday, 07 November 2021 18:40

Federal merger review backlog continues to stall Spectrum-Beaumont deal

The regulatory review of the proposed merger between  Spectrum Health and Beaumont Health has taken longer than expected as the Federal Trade Commission examines a recent flood of deals.

Published in Health Care
Thursday, 04 November 2021 16:54

Biden administration issues vaccine mandate rules; biz groups opposed ahead of likely legal challenge

Businesses that employ 100 or more people will have to either require workers to get a COVID-19 vaccine or get tested weekly beginning Jan. 4, the Biden administration has announced.

Published in Health Care
Wednesday, 29 September 2021 22:26

Women leadership across West Michigan businesses, organizations recognized at 2021 ATHENA Awards

GRAND RAPIDS — Jo Ellyn Clarey, former president and director of the Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council, has worked to promote the often-overlooked roles that women have played throughout local history.

Published in Small Business

Wednesday, 18 August 2021 15:24

Biz groups call on Congress to pass $1.2T infrastructure bill, stop ‘playing politics’

Representatives from local, statewide and national chambers of commerce are calling on congressional lawmakers to pass a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill they say is critical to support local growth and talent attraction.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 01 August 2021 17:09

Zoetis’ COVID-19 vaccines for animals bolster Southwest Michigan’s life sciences profile

KALAMAZOO — Nine months ago, some of the first COVID-19 vaccines left Portage and found their way into the arms of patients around the country. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 01 August 2021 17:01

LGBTQ ballot initiative regroups, readies court challenge after signature setback

The committee behind a statewide ballot initiative to expand civil rights protections for LGBTQ people is prepared for a legal battle after state election officials ruled the campaign had an insufficient number of public signatures to advance the proposal.

Published in Economic Development


Sunday, 04 July 2021 15:52

Staffing agency founder reflects on pandemic employment trends, new biz group role

Floriza Genautis was recently named chairperson of the newly formed Asian American Business Council at the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, where she hopes to better connect Asian American-owned businesses with one another and the rest of the business community.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 22 June 2021 20:39

West Michigan CEOs emphasize DEI, flexible offices in first post-pandemic gathering

GRAND RAPIDS — Executives from across West Michigan gathered Tuesday to discuss the labor shortages permeating across industries, lessons learned from COVID-19 and the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in company culture.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 20 June 2021 17:00

GOP lawmakers push corporate income tax cut, tax credits for businesses

Republican lawmakers are advancing bills that would reduce Michigan’s corporate income tax rate by 20 percent and create tax credits for businesses that lost at least a quarter of their revenue during COVID-19 restrictions.

Published in Economic Development

Thursday, 13 May 2021 17:06

Biz groups want state to revisit rules after new CDC mask guidelines

GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce today urged Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to update state restrictions after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can go maskless in most indoor settings.

Published in Economic Development
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, 09 May 2021 17:10

Deadlines approaching for ballot measure to expand state LGBTQ civil rights

Michigan lawmakers are running out of time to pass legislation expanding civil rights protections for the LGBTQ community before a planned ballot measure with wide business support is potentially approved for the November 2022 election.

Published in Economic Development

Thursday, 06 May 2021 16:45

Sen. Brinks seeks to create state panel to oversee prescription drug price increases

A state lawmaker from Grand Rapids wants to create a state panel that could review large price increases for prescription drugs in Michigan.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 25 April 2021 16:30

Executives prioritize being adaptable, inclusive in leading multigenerational workplaces

In her 23 years at Grand Rapids-based tech firm Open Systems Technology Inc., Meredith Bronk has seen the company grow from seven employees to more than 300.

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 19 April 2021 19:50

Grand Rapids Chamber launches three minority business councils

GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce has launched Black, Asian and Latinx business councils within its organization to better serve businesses owned by people of color.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 28 March 2021 18:30

Experts seek federal guidance as employers offer COVID-19 vaccine incentives

growing number of employers are offering incentives to their workers who opt for getting a COVID-19 vaccine, including with extra paid time off or small cash bonuses.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 28 March 2021 18:15

Reporter's Notebook: West Michigan health care executives set aside competition during pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic that stretched health systems during the past year also brought together health care executives as they responded to the crisis.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 28 March 2021 11:05

MiBiz Growth Report: March 28, 2021

Here's the MiBiz Growth Report for March 28, 2021.

Published in Economic Development

Thursday, 25 March 2021 15:14

Business coalition says health care legislation will drive up costs for employers, do ‘more harm than good’

A coalition of Michigan business groups is urging state senators to reject legislation that they claim will drive up the cost of health coverage for small employers.

Published in Health Care
Thursday, 18 March 2021 14:33

Goodwill Industries of West Michigan to help facilitate state child care pilot program

Goodwill Industries of West Michigan is one of three organizations statewide that was selected to pilot an initiative assisting lower-income workers with affording and accessing child care.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 14 March 2021 19:15

Limited availability remains barrier to onsite vaccination clinics for employers

As pharmaceutical companies ramp up production and COVID-19 vaccines become more widely available, employers are increasingly asking whether employees can get vaccinated at work.

Published in Health Care

Sunday, 14 March 2021 19:10

Downtowns feel the pain as office workers remain home

In a typical year, around 40,000 office workers a day are in downtown Grand Rapids buying coffee or lunch, or sticking around to shop or attend an event. 

Monday, 08 March 2021 13:52

Business owners push for loosened COVID-19 restrictions on indoor banquet, event centers

GRAND RAPIDS — Owners of indoor event centers are pushing state officials for expanded capacity limitations and a clearer reopening timeline as key COVID-19 metrics continue to decline and vaccines become more widely available.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 28 February 2021 16:01

Pilot program to address growing biz challenge: child care

pilot program offers a potential solution to a growing issue for both employers and their workers: access to quality, affordable child care.

Published in Economic Development

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