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Displaying items by tag: Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

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
Tuesday, 16 February 2021 15:11

Advocates call on Southwest Michigan First to back civil rights expansion after CEO controversy

KALAMAZOO — LGBTQ advocates say Southwest Michigan First should support expanding Michigan’s civil rights law following backlash to the appointment of its new CEO, former House Speaker Lee Chatfield.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 14 February 2021 18:30

Rising prescription drug costs likely to be revisited in Lansing

On the surface, the position appears completely counter to what a business organization would typically advocate.

Published in Health Care

Sunday, 14 February 2021 09:30

DeVos-backed PE fund to support Michigan companies

GRAND RAPIDS — A West Michigan capital investment fund that involves the family office for Doug and Maria DeVos wants to make long-term investments across a variety of industries with a goal of preserving and growing local companies and jobs.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 11 February 2021 15:39

Advocates back infrastructure, talent development, child care spending in Whitmer’s proposed budget

Two statewide advocacy groups representing municipalities support Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s latest proposed budget that includes spending to cover income tax revenue gaps, increased revenue sharing and infrastructure investments.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 31 January 2021 17:02

Biz groups back Biden’s early action on COVID-19 and immigration; policy concerns remain

Within hours of his inauguration on Jan. 20, President Joe Biden signed executive orders seeking to bolster the country’s COVID-19 response and issued a memo to top federal officials to “preserve and fortify” a key immigration policy for certain undocumented immigrants.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 31 January 2021 11:42

New Family Business Alliance leader discusses ongoing research, priorities

Robin Burns took over as head of the Grand Rapids-based Family Business Alliance in November after nearly 12 years as marketing director at the Rhoades McKee law firm in Grand Rapids. The FBA was created in 2006 as a partnership with the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and Grand Valley State University and later reorganized as a 501(c)(6) nonprofit. With more than 150 member companies, the FBA’s mission is to ensure family-owned businesses in the region are passed down to future generations. Burns spoke with MiBiz about what’s next for the organization.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 17 January 2021 18:32

More flexibility comes with latest round of PPP loans

The new round of federal Paycheck Protection Program loans includes a number of changes from the prior funding intended to aid small businesses hurting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Small Business
Tuesday, 05 January 2021 15:12

Business groups frustrated after Whitmer rejects second property tax relief bill

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has let legislation die that would have waived late fees and fines on businesses that have yet to pay their summer 2020 property taxes.

Published in Small Business

Sunday, 20 December 2020 17:10

Retail success in 2021 hinges on holiday shopping, adapting to e-commerce

The pandemic pushed local retailers that traditionally rely on foot traffic to beef up their online presence and offer curbside and delivery options — mostly out of necessity to accommodate shopping from home and to compete with online retail giants.

Published in Economic Development
Friday, 18 December 2020 10:06

Business groups urge Whitmer to sign property tax forgiveness bill

Business groups are urging Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to sign legislation that would forgive fines, late fees and interest on unpaid summer 2020 property tax bills.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 17 December 2020 16:56

Business groups watching closely as state decision on COVID-19 restrictions looms

The Whitmer administration is expected to announce in the coming days whether to extend, alter or allow state-imposed restrictions on business activity to expire.

Published in Small Business

Sunday, 22 November 2020 19:30

Business leaders seek COVID-19 response that preserves ‘lives and livelihoods’

Two hundred and forty six days passed between Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s first stay-at-home order to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and new state restrictions scaling back and closing some businesses.  

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
Friday, 18 September 2020 15:22

Kent County immigration welcome plan a ‘call to action,’ officials say

GRAND RAPIDS — Kent County municipal officials and business advocacy groups have released an area “welcome plan” meant to address concerns among the immigrant community, including restoring trust with law enforcement agencies and promoting equity in education and business opportunities.

Published in Economic Development

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