Find Your Place with Chamber Affinity Groups

The secret is out. Grand Rapids is a city on the rise and you live here!


Get tapped into the local scene with fresh connections through the Chamber. We’re here to help foster the relationships and create the spaces so you can dig deep roots into the community. Here are a few options—for you, your new hires, and your long-time talent!

Inside Grand Rapids

Get a behind-the-scenes look into Grand Rapids and what drives us as a magnetic, top-of-mind region. We’ll be diving into the city’s history, growth of downtown, and arts and entertainment culture on May 24, 2016. Offered every quarter or so. Join the tour at

“I couldn’t believe how many things I learned about the city even after growing up here. It’s certainly something that anyone new or wanting to learn more about the community should do!” — Mike Kerkorian, Heart of West Michigan United Way

Black Women Connect GR

After one year of gathering, this affinity group of professional black women has created a lively and engaged community—in person and online. Follow the discussion with over 1,220 women in the Facebook group or meet up at an event. On June 20, 2016 we’re throwing a garden party to celebrate our first anniversary! RSVP or connect via


Created just for LGBT professionals and allies, OutPro continues to grow as an outstanding experience. Monthly events and diverse Facebook discussions create dynamic opportunities for both social and professional networking in a fun environment. With two stellar events coming up—a comedic brunch with David Sedaris May 15, 2016 and a Broadway Grand Rapids show (Book of Mormon) on June 23, 2016—there’s no better time than now to go out with OutPro! Sign up at

This article first appeared in the May 2016 edition of The Chamber News, written by AliciaMarie Belchak, Senior Communications Specialist at the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. Visit to find more thought leadership like this.