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Sara Lachman of Miller Johnson Named 2015 Athena Young Professional

September 17, 2015
ATHENA Young Professional Award Recipient announced at the Chamber’s annual ATHENA Awards Celebration. Sara Lachman of Miller Johnson was presented with the ATHENA® Young Professional Award by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce today at the 26th annual ATHENA Awards Celebration  luncheon. The award—created in late 2007 by ATHENA International and adopted by the more »

New Funding Opportunities for Small Businesses in West Michigan

September 2, 2015
One of the biggest challenges small businesses face is having enough capital to operate. Although there are many incentives and loan programs available for entrepreneurs, gaining access to funding is challenging at times—especially when a small business lacks an established line of credit or savings. We believe funding shouldn’t prevent entrepreneurs from growing their businesses. Here are two West Michigan more »

ATHENA Young Professional Award: Meet the Top 10 Finalists

September 2, 2015
At the annual ATHENA Awards Celebration, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber will celebrate some of the most dynamic young women in the area. Join us on September 17 as we announce the final award recipient for the 2015 ATHENA Young Professional Award, which recognizes an emerging leader for their contributions to community, professional excellence, and more »

Celebrating Women In Business: Rising Stars of Today’s Economy

September 2, 2015
Women-owned businesses are the rising stars of today’s economy—generating jobs and creating economic diversity faster than any other group. The 2015 State of Women-Owned Businesses report found the number of women-owned businesses continue to grow 1.5 times faster than the national average. Today, 30 percent of all U.S. enterprises are now women-owned with an estimated 9.4 million total more »

Top 10 ATHENA Young Professional Award Finalists Named

August 25, 2015
Final award recipient to be announced at 2015 ATHENA Award Celebration on September 17 The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the top ten finalists for the 2015 ATHENA Young Professional Award, which will be celebrated on Thursday, September 17 at the 26th annual ATHENA Award Celebration. The ATHENA Young Professional more »
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