Our business development programs help build a stronger community by identifying business needs in metropolitan Grand Rapids. We offer programs for businesses of all types and sizes, and include opportunities for peer interaction, education and business-oriented events.
Business Advice articles are written by Chamber members on topics in their field of expertise. These articles are great resources on information concerning various business issues. From finance and business start-up to e-commerce and business law, these articles offer a wealth of information essential in helping your business succeed.
Provides structured discussion groups of 10-12 business executives. Participants gather on a monthly basis in a confidential setting to discuss issues affecting their businesses. The groups offer suggestions and innovative solutions by drawing on their combined knowledge and experiences.
The WMWTA is dedicated to maintaining West Michigan’s competitive edge in the global business community. The association achieves that goal by providing various forums for business executives to share expertise and further refine their skills in international trade and investment.
Offers low-cost business workshops that provide an overview to starting and planning a business. The workshops cover researching business ideas, analyzing the competition, deciding on which type of business entity to create and, most importantly, creating a business plan. Our SCORE counselors have many years of experience as managers, business owners, and senior level executives in major corporations. Whether assistance is needed in finance, human resources, sales, marketing, manufacturing, retail or any number of areas, SCORE counselors can help.
The Family Business Alliance (FBA) is a partnership of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University. We are dedicated to strengthening the profitability, progress and continuity of West Michigan’s family businesses.
FBA provides information, tools and resources for family business owners, family members, executives and employees through a variety of workshops, seminars and networking opportunities, helping these vital businesses meet today’s challenges and ensure success for future generations.
A Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDCTM) providing services and support in training, counseling and research.
This guide includes links and City requirements for a typical business and may not be exhaustive. It answers questions about licenses and permits, utilities, taxes, fees, etc.