Business Services Resources

The Grand Rapids Chamber can connect you with the resources you need!

With over 126 years of experience creating opportunities for building business success, we’ve developed the programs and created the partnerships you need to grow your business. From start up to second stage to specialty niche, we’re connecting you with the resources you need.

Business Advice Articles
Business Advice articles are great resources on information concerning various business issues. From finance and business start-up to leadership and marketing, these articles offer a wealth of information essential in helping your business succeed.

SCORE Grand Rapids
Located inside the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce’s office, SCORE Grand Rapids 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. 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 you jump start your business.

Family Business Alliance
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. FBA is 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.

West Michigan Minority Contractors Association
The West Michigan Minority Contractors Association (WMMCA) holds monthly membership meetings and aims to provide opportunities to cultivate corporate relationships and new business partners among members.The WMMCA membership is made up of women-owned, ethnic minority-owned, and general contractors.

West Michigan World Trade Association
The West Michigan World Trade Association (WMWTA) is dedicated to maintaining West Michigan’s competitive edge in the global business community. The association achieves this goal by providing various forums for business executives to share expertise and further refine their skills in international trade and investment.

City of Grand Rapids Business Resource Guide
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.