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Displaying items by tag: Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

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
Thursday, 17 September 2020 11:37

Bills would exempt PPE purchases from sales, use tax for employers

Employers could buy pandemic-related personal protection equipment without having to pay state sales or use taxes under proposed statewide legislation.

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 31 August 2020 11:22

MiBiz Growth Report: August 31, 2020

Here is the MiBiz growth report for August 31, 2020.

Published in Economic Development


Friday, 11 September 2020 09:54

West Michigan CEO Summit to drive momentum as we adjust to the new normal

The Grand Rapids Chamber is thrilled to announce the return of the West Michigan CEO Summit on October 6, as a virtual, live-broadcast experience. 

Published in Sponsored content
Friday, 21 August 2020 10:50

Business groups urge Whitmer to allow more reopenings

Four business groups are urging Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to consider allowing more facilities including gyms, fitness centers, movie theaters and bowling alleys to reopen.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 16 August 2020 18:00

Business groups, health experts say employers play key role as school starts

Sam Gregoire went from college student to small business owner within a few months, driven by the reality that many K-12 schools wouldn’t be returning to in-person instruction this fall.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 16 August 2020 17:00

Growing shift to telehealth raises questions about access in rural communities

The COVID-19 pandemic created what Kelly Hirko calls a “massive shift” in health care.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 02 August 2020 19:25

SBAM backs legislation to provide liability protection to businesses during pandemic

If an employer follows the rules and complies with requirements to maintain a safe workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic, business advocates argue the company should not have to face liability claims if someone there contracts the coronavirus.

Published in Small Business
Thursday, 23 July 2020 10:05

Study: Grand Rapids needs nearly 9,000 more housing units by 2025

GRAND RAPIDS — The city of Grand Rapids needs to add nearly 9,000 housing units over the next five years to satisfy high market demand, according to a housing needs assessment prepared for city officials. 



Thursday, 09 July 2020 10:28

City groups planning fall “mashup” of events in place of ArtPrize

GRAND RAPIDS — Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. is reallocating $50,000 it initially budgeted for ArtPrize 2020 toward a new event tentatively planned for September. 

Published in Talent
Thursday, 02 July 2020 15:30

GR Chamber receives 865 applications for small business relief fund

GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce expects to receive up to 1,000 applications by the end of the week from across Kent County from small businesses seeking assistance from a $25 million grant fund set up to ease the economic crush of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Small Business
Monday, 29 June 2020 15:33

Kent County small biz relief fund opens second round

A Kent County small business relief program opened its second round of funding today, making grants available to companies that have already received COVID-19 assistance.

Published in Small Business

Friday, 26 June 2020 11:14

Kent County administrator addresses controversy over COVID small biz relief funding

Kent County’s top official says it is “critically important” that a $25 million business relief program launched this week is accessible to minority-owned businesses, following recent criticism that the program isn’t properly compensating minority business and social equity groups for their assistance.

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 17:58

After 2020 cancellation, future of ArtPrize remains unclear

After canceling this year’s ArtPrize because of concerns over COVID-19, organizers of Grand Rapids’ flagship arts event and the largest art competition in the world have avoided questions about whether it will return.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 21 June 2020 17:40

‘A LITTLE LIGHT:’ Landmark LGBTQ ruling sets stage for statewide civil rights action, debate over religious exemptions

A landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on June 15 bars workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and also highlights additional work that needs to be done in Michigan. 

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 21 June 2020 17:36

Kildee, Upton push $50.5B federal aid package for small businesses

Two Michigan congressmen behind legislation that would create a $50.5 billion relief fund for small businesses nationwide hope to get it included in the next federal aid package that may come before Congress this summer.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 21 June 2020 16:22

Kent County commits $25M to small business recovery assistance grants

Forming a relief fund to aid small businesses hurting from the COVID-19 pandemic was an early idea Kent County commissioners pursued when they began considering two months ago what to do with $114.6 million in federal aid funding. 

Published in Small Business

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
Wednesday, 17 June 2020 05:34

Kent County launches $25M relief fund for small businesses affected by COVID-19

GRAND RAPIDS — Kent County and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce partnered to form a $25 million relief fund for small businesses.

Published in Small Business
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

Wednesday, 27 May 2020 16:11

Legislation would bring property tax relief, raising concerns for local governments

State lawmakers will consider a bill this week that waives penalties for property owners who defer payments on their summer property tax bills because of hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 25 May 2020 14:44

Workplace health screenings become the norm as state moves to next phases of reopening

The coronavirus pandemic never shut down D&M Metal Products Co. in Comstock Park, but it did change the way employees arrive at work.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 24 May 2020 18:05

‘From knowing to doing better’: Sisters Who Lead study offers ‘big wakeup call’ to employers on challenges for women of color

Despite advanced degrees, ambition and experience, women of color in West Michigan continue to face unique challenges when it comes to getting hired and promoted, particularly for executive leadership roles, according to a new study.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 26 April 2020 18:20

The new normal: As public officials and businesses plan to reopen, the future will look much different

The world around us — as we knew it in Michigan before March 10 — is going to look much different for the next 12 to 18 months.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 26 April 2020 11:33

MiBiz Growth Report: April 26, 2020

MiBiz growth report for April 26, 2020.

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

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