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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.
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.
$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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
$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.
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.