The Buzz

Have you heard the latest buzz from the Chamber? Check out our special updates, press releases, business stories, and online-only content posted to our blog-style newsfeed, The Buzz.

The Creative Economy

August 28, 2014
Creativity is driving new geography of talent and economic prosperity in the U.S.—and West Michigan is among the areas benefiting from the rise of the creative services industries. “The creative class is very strong in West Michigan. There’s a lot of talented designers, developers, photographers, and copywriters here,” said Jason Piasecki, partner at Revel, a more »

Chamber Interns Wanted: Communications & Graphic Design

August 20, 2014
The Chamber’s Marketing department is seeking to fill two fall internships positions. Applications are currently being accepted for a Communications & Social Media Intern and a Graphic Design Intern. See job descriptions below. Please send resumes and samples of your work to For questions, contatct Latricia Trice at 616.771.0332. Communications & Social Media Internship Are you more »

Maximizing Your Social Media

August 19, 2014
Selling online. Growing your business brand. Cultivating new clients—or better yet, message ambassadors. Social media can enable organizations and empower their followers to do all of these things and much more—all for a relatively low cost. So just what is the trick to social media? “Social media to me is all about engagement,” said Laura more »

Top Ten ATHENA Young Professional Award Finalists Named

August 12, 2014
Final award recipient to be announced at the Chamber’s 25th Anniversary ATHENA Award Celebration on September 18 The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the top ten finalists for the 2014 ATHENA Young Professional Award, which will be celebrated on Thursday, September 18 at the 25th Anniversary ATHENA Award Celebration. The more »

Three Ways to Promote Your Small Business Without Budging Your Budget

August 12, 2014
By Adrienne Wallace, 834 Design & Marketing Small businesses are the heart and soul of every community. As a small design and marketing firm with all hands on deck at all times, we understand the needs of small businesses are unique and differ greatly from their corporate counterparts—resources are limited, manpower is small but fierce, more »
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