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Spotlight on ATHENA Award Finalists 2016

September 28, 2016
Celebrating, inspiring and advocating for women leaders is central to the very core of the ATHENA program and it is a great privilege to acknowledge all the exceptional women professionals and leaders whose efforts make Grand Rapids and West Michigan so strong. The Grand Rapids Area Chamber and ATHENA Awards Committee wishes to extend a well-deserved more »

GR Chamber Named Finalist for Statewide Award

September 27, 2016
The Michigan Association of Chamber Professionals (MACP) has named the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce as a finalist for the Outstanding Chamber of the Year Award in the Large Chamber Category—defined by annual revenue budgets of more than $750,000. The 2016 award recipient will be announced at the MACP Chamber Convention slated for October more »

M-6 Pavement to be Replaced in 2018

September 20, 2016
There have been a number of news stories regarding the state of certain concrete roadways, like M-6 where sections have had a pattern of joint deterioration. Today (September 20, 2016), national, state and local experts gathered at the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce to weigh in on the conversation, saying that—despite their ugly, bumpy more »

Congratulations Stacy Stout, Named 2016 ATHENA Young Professional Award Recipient!

September 15, 2016
Stacy Stout, assistant to Grand Rapids’ City Manager, was presented with the ATHENA® Young Professional Award by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce today at the 27th annual ATHENA Awards Celebration luncheon. The award—created in late 2007 by ATHENA International and adopted by the Grand Rapids Chamber in 2008—recognizes emerging leaders in communities with more »

Women Leaders: Breaking Glass Ceilings

September 6, 2016
West Michigan women are breaking the mold of what it means to lead—contributing to growing businesses and creating successful teams. The key is keeping the momentum going. “We see more leadership positions held by women,” said Natalya Belaya, senior director of planning at Wolverine Worldwide, Inc., who says she doesn’t stop to think about gender more »
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