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Displaying items by tag: Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

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
Tuesday, 21 April 2020 17:00

During SBAM briefing, Gov. Whitmer discusses pathway to restart state’s economy

When looking to get Michigan back to business, the state must answer a variety of questions to assess the risk, according to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Published in Small Business

Thursday, 16 April 2020 14:32

Midwest governors partner to reopen economy based on ‘facts, science, experts’

Seven regional governors, including Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, announced today they will partner on reopening sectors of the economy while making decisions “based on facts, science, and recommendations from experts in health care, business, labor and education.”

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 24 March 2020 05:33

Business groups seek more clarity, guidance in stay-home order

Michigan business organizations were publicly supportive of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-home order, although they surely want more clarity on how to proceed.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 16 February 2020 19:00

Criminal justice reform can help address workforce development, biz group says

series of recommendations from a state joint task force on reducing Michigan’s ballooning jail population can also address workforce development challenges, says a leading West Michigan business group.

Published in Economic Development

Friday, 14 February 2020 10:17

Whitmer’s proposed 2021 budget restores skilled trades training funds

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget proposal would restore funding for a training program for skilled trades that the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce has championed for years.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 16 February 2020 18:30

Fixing talent constraints starts with cultural change, partnering with higher ed

The talent needs of employers are a constantly moving target that requires companies to foster and maintain close ties with educators to keep up with the demands of the 21st century economy. 

Published in Talent
Sunday, 16 February 2020 18:15

Corporate pipeline for women improving, but disparities remain

GRAND RAPIDS — For much of her career, Jacey Ehmann was the only woman in the room. 

Published in Talent

Monday, 27 January 2020 14:30

City, Grand Rapids Chamber bring on new staff to help business attraction, equity

GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce has hired a retail retention and attraction specialist to help attract regional and national retailers to the city.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 19 January 2020 13:09

EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK: Tribes reiterate commitment to GR with McKay Tower deal

More than a decade ago, Grand Rapids business leaders lobbied hard to block the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, known locally as the Gun Lake Tribe, from opening a casino near Wayland. 

Groups like 23 is Enough and MichGO drove the narrative that any casino development south of Grand Rapids would “siphon off” jobs and investment from the city’s then-rebuilding downtown, limiting growth in entertainment options and economic opportunity alike. They cited a study commissioned by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce in the early 2000s that estimated $880 million of “economic hemorrhaging” in the surrounding counties if Gun Lake Casino were ever allowed to move forward. 

Looking around downtown Grand Rapids today, it’s hard to find evidence that their worst fears were in any way realized. 

Sunday, 19 January 2020 14:26

Startup Grind connects entrepreneurs to network of resources

Corey Hart returned to Grand Rapids last September to find that support for entrepreneurship and startup companies had grown well beyond what it was when he left for California a decade earlier.

Published in Small Business

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