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Displaying items by tag: Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, 13 September 2022 16:22

Grand Rapids Chamber launches Center for Economic Inclusion to break down barriers for BIPOC entrepreneurs

GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce today launched a new initiative that intends to create greater economic diversity and inclusion.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 27 February 2022 18:00

Health Care & Human Resources Summit: Taking on New Ground in 2022

The 2022 Health Care and Human Resources Summit will dissect the state of our health care system through a business lens and expand on previous topics to include the latest information on hiring, health care, wages, benefits, and more.

Published in Sponsored content
Sunday, 10 October 2021 16:45

$1.4B infusion for child care offers crucial short-term solution, advocates say

The $1.4 billion injected into Michigan child care in the state’s newest budget is intended to bolster the industry at a time when most economic sectors are coping with a troubling labor shortage.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 12 September 2021 17:30

Minority-owned family businesses seek wealth-building, representation for future generations

When Jermale and Anissa Eddie opened Malamiah Juice Bar LLC in 2013, the couple aimed to be role models not just for their three sons, but also for the rest of the Black and brown community.

Published in Small Business
Monday, 14 June 2021 16:29

Whitmer plan would use $1.4B in federal funding to improve access to child care

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proposed spending $1.4 billion to improve access to child care and improving wages for child care workers.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 25 March 2021 16:46

Kent County waives food service licensing fees for 2021

Kent County restaurant owners will get a break from paying food service licensing fees for 2021 after county commissioners approved the one-time waiver on Thursday.

Published in Small Business


Sunday, 14 March 2021 18:30

GRAM raises profile with vaccine contract, eyes growth

GRAND RAPIDS — Producing Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine propels Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing Inc.’s growth while giving business advocates a showpiece when promoting the region.

Published in Health Care
Friday, 04 December 2020 13:33

West Michigan businesses seek support from state leaders amid COVID-19 ‘pause’

GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is urging Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and legislative leaders to enact assistance for businesses affected by the most recent state restrictions.

Published in Small Business
Friday, 22 May 2020 11:26

Cities weigh creating ‘social districts’ to help bars and restaurants

As northern Michigan restaurants and bars reopen under occupancy limits and other restrictions, business leaders and city officials are considering ways to expand the footprint of existing restaurants to help boost revenue.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Monday, 30 March 2020 15:45

West Michigan coalition compiles COVID-19 resources for businesses, employees

A coalition of West Michigan business, community and governmental organizations has formed to provide resources to business owners and employees facing confusion amid new restrictions to control the outbreak of the coronavirus. 

Published in Economic Development
Friday, 20 March 2020 12:12

SBA commits to quick action on disaster loans to small businesses, nonprofits

The U.S. Small Business Administration promises to decide as quickly as possible on loan applications from small businesses hurt by the coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 22 December 2019 12:26

Retail Outlook: Retail professionals optimistic for 2020

As consumers’ shopping habits change and the retail sector reacts to new technology-driven disruptions, retail industry watchers in West Michigan remain optimistic about the year to come. 



Sunday, 10 November 2019 15:33

Why employers are reaching out to help employees struggling with opioid addiction

For the past three years, roughly 6,000 employees across the U.S. for Grand Rapids-based furniture manufacturer Steelcase Inc. have had free access to an online health portal to treat addiction. 

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 21 July 2019 19:03

$2 BILLION OPPORTUNITY: Report outlines income growth for Grand Rapids’ immigrant community

GRAND RAPIDS — The economic power of  Grand Rapids’ immigrant community grew by more than $100 million in just one year.

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 13 May 2018 19:00

Foundations support Kent County school readiness effort

GRAND RAPIDS — Collaborations between different sectors in Kent County to improve every child’s school readiness have caught the attention of national foundations that are pumping money into the countywide effort. 

Published in Nonprofits