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Displaying items by tag: Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

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
Sunday, 12 January 2020 17:00

Talent, housing, infrastructure among top priorities in 2020 Grand Rapids Chamber survey

Talent, housing and infrastructure topped the 2020 priority list for members of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 22 December 2019 18:05

GR Chamber to bolster diversity and inclusion programming in new year

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce continues to seek out ways to address the persistent talent issues that local companies are facing. Rick Baker, president and CEO of the Grand Rapids Chamber, said the organization is advocating for ways to attract talent at the local and state levels, including by expanding programming in 2020. 

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 22 December 2019 00:00

Celebrate Community Changemakers at the Chamber’s 132nd Annual Meeting

The Grand Rapids Chamber is thrilled to announce the 132nd Annual Meeting on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at DeVos Place. At the Chamber’s largest event of the year, over 800 attendees will celebrate what was accomplished in the community to “Create Great” in 2019, as well as the work the Chamber executed to support a thriving and prosperous West Michigan for all.

Published in Sponsored content
Sunday, 27 October 2019 18:30

Grand Rapids groups partner on retail pilot program

GRAND RAPIDS — Multiple organizations have partnered to assess how Grand Rapids can attract and retain retail across all parts of the city.


Sunday, 29 September 2019 15:19

Bipartisan bills broaden state’s role to support second-stage businesses

Backed by a key small business advocate in Lansing, a bipartisan group of lawmakers have proposed a legislative package to boost state support for companies operating in the space between small startups and larger corporations.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 01 September 2019 11:53

Lawmaker cites benefits of issuing licenses to undocumented immigrants

State Sen. Stephanie Chang says granting state driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants is as much of an issue of economics and public health as it is about immigration.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 13:58

Michigan business groups to lawmakers: Fix the roads

A coalition of business groups today urged state lawmakers to finally come up with a way to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads and bridges.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 23 June 2019 19:00

GR could fund parking expansion in next budget

GRAND RAPIDS — Citing high occupancy in the city’s parking facilities and a long waitlist for monthly parking passes, Grand Rapids is considering plans to build two new parking decks to expand options for downtown workers.

Sunday, 09 June 2019 19:00

Michigan’s push to expand LGBTQ civil rights comes amid key federal lawsuits

State lawmakers are pushing once again to expand civil rights protections for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community as key legal cases on the issue sit before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 09 June 2019 19:00

Exit Planning Institute forms West Michigan chapter

GRAND RAPIDS — When advisers begin to prepare a business for a transition and sale, they also need to prepare the entrepreneur for what’s next.

Published in Finance

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