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Kent County officials have provided $40,000 to help minority business owners facing language barriers access COVID-19 relief funding.

Published in Small Business

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

  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

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

GRAND RAPIDS — As part of an ongoing investigation into dozens of discrimination complaints against the Grand Rapids Police Department, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and the city are in discussions over a “global resolution” involving systemic bias at the GRPD.

Published in Economic Development

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

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. 

Published in Economic Development

GRAND RAPIDS — When  realized it needed to add vehicles to its fleet to grow the business, founder Rich Flowers ran into some roadblocks familiar to many African American and minority entrepreneurs. 

Published in Small Business

GRAND RAPIDS — From an undisclosed $100 million foreign-backed fund to local real estate agents, investors of all kinds are staking their bets on the Grand Rapids housing market.