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Housing loan fund, public amenities among 21 projects recommended for share of Kent County stimulus funding
Kent County staff have narrowed down more than 300 requests for federal stimulus funding to 21 projects that involve housing, public amenities, support for underrepresented communities, and social programs.
Davenport University plans new outreach to boost Latino student population, faculty
GRAND RAPIDS — Davenport University wants to increase the number of Latino students enrolled at its campuses across Michigan and in online courses through a new outreach initiative.
Kent County names first coordinator of immigrant, refugee Welcome Plan
Kent County has appointed Hollin De La Cruz as its welcome plan coordinator, a newly created position to oversee the county’s formal efforts to welcome immigrants and refugees.
Advocates seek minority voices, opportunity with 12 ‘transformational’ projects
Regional business and economic development leaders recently announced a list of 12 “transformational” projects that could reshape Kent County’s ability to attract visitors, new residents and employers.
Major grant funding prepares West Michigan Hispanic Chamber for growth
Grants totaling $150,000 from Bank of America to the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will support internal staff development and ongoing initiatives to support Latino-owned businesses in 2022.
New hire part of Michigan Women Forward’s West Michigan, loan expansion
Hiring a new business development director who’s based in Grand Rapids is part of Michigan Women Forward’s goal to build a larger West Michigan market presence for business lending and support for female-owned businesses and entrepreneurs of color.
Latest Census findings play vital role for West Michigan economic developers
New U.S. Census findings that show some of the state’s strongest population growth is occurring in West Michigan provide an opportunity to help attract talent during an ongoing labor shortage.
West Michigan Hispanic Chamber promotes Cisneros to president and CEO
GRAND RAPIDS — Directors at the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce have promoted Guillermo Cisneros to president and CEO from executive director, citing his “outstanding performance.”
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.
MiBiz Growth Report: January 3, 2021
Here is the MiBiz growth report for January 3, 2021.
West Michigan Hispanic Chamber receives $100,000 Bank of America grant to help Latinx businesses
The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will use a $100,000 grant from Bank of America to help businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
MiBiz Growth Report: November 22, 2020
Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for November 22, 2020.
Flagstar Bank grants $150,000 for minority-owned small businesses in West Michigan
Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses and the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce received $75,000 each from Flagstar Bank to offer grants to small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Los Amigos restaurant surviving pandemic despite funding obstacles
MUSKEGON — Despite initially struggling to access COVID-19 relief funding, Ana Olson has kept Los Amigos Mexican Bar & Grill open with takeout orders throughout the entire pandemic.
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.
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.
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.
Citing customer and employee safety, some West Michigan restaurants hesitate to reopen
GRAND RAPIDS — While restaurants and bars were able to reopen for dine-in service on Monday after a nearly three-month hiatus, some owners are keeping their dining rooms closed a little longer as a safety precaution for customers and employees.
StudioOne Creative helps clients pivot during pandemic
PAW PAW — When clients pivoted, so did Rene Rodriguez. In one instance, an industrial packaging maker in Bangor that serves the auto industry slowed when the pandemic hit, so the company retooled and shifted to design and produce face shields.
Soldadera Coffee co-owner expands business from side hustle to full-time gig
GRAND RAPIDS — For the family-owned startup Soldadera Coffee LLC, the COVID-19 crisis has brought an unexpected opportunity.
MiBiz Growth Report: April 26, 2020
MiBiz growth report for April 26, 2020.
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.
Minority-owned businesses face structural barriers as they seek COVID-19 recovery
Leaders of Asian, Latino and African American business groups say their members face distinct challenges while recovering economically from the coronavirus, including a historical lack of access to capital, discrimination, immigration status and language barriers.
The Right Place plans new fund to invest up to $25 million in minority businesses
GRAND RAPIDS — Aiming to create greater ethnic and racial diversity in business ownership across the region, The Right Place Inc. teamed with Bank of America and the Consumers Energy Foundation to form a capital investment fund.
TRANSFORMING A GENERATION: West Michigan Hispanic Chamber looks to uplift Latino business community
Oswaldo Cordova and Evangelina Abundis opened El Globo Restaurant LLC 14 years ago.
Grant will help Northern Initiatives reach more Hispanic entrepreneurs in Michigan
A $500,000 grant from Wells Fargo Bank will enable Northern Initiatives to put a larger focus on diversifying its lending.
$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.
Report: Immigrants contribute $3.3 billion to Kent County economy
Immigrants now living in Kent County are making a significant impact on the local economy.
Organizations support minority entrepreneurial initiatives in West Michigan
GRAND RAPIDS –– An array of organizations in West Michigan have launched new initiatives aimed at bridging the wealth gap in a region characterized by vast income disparities.