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Grand Rapids Chamber Receives $50,000 Community Foundation Grant to Support Minority Business Development

November 6, 2015
The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce has received a $50,000 grant from Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s Fund for Community Good to support the design and development of methods to grow sizable minority businesses. “The long-term success of minority businesses is key to a vibrant and sustainable economy in West Michigan,” said Rick Baker, Chamber more »

Chamber Applauds Michigan Legislature on Passage of Long-Term Roads Fix

November 4, 2015
Transportation funding solution on its way to the Governor The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce applauds the Michigan Legislature on the passage of a long-term solution for Michigan’s roads and additional reforms that will put Michigan on a path to a dependable infrastructure network. The passage of this legislation is the culmination of years more »

Inaugural Meet the Buyer Event Presents Diverse Purchasing Opportunities

October 28, 2015
GR Chamber launches new event to foster economic equity, support supplier diversity The Grand Rapids Area Chamber in collaboration with several of West Michigan’s largest corporate buyers is launching a new Meet the Buyer event on Tuesday, November 10 in support of supplier diversity and equitable opportunities for diverse businesses. Meet the Buyer is specifically more »


October 23, 2015
Strong Business Community Support for Common Sense Solution Today, six Chambers of Commerce, representing more than 9,000 businesses from across the region, came together to announce support for a common sense, long-term road funding solution. “Michigan citizens have waited long enough,” says Rick Baker, President & CEO of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. more »

Board Connect 2015 Attracts 35 Non-Profit Organizations

October 19, 2015
Grand Rapids, MI — The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Community Leadership—in collaboration with BL2END, the Latino Leadership Development Program at Ferris State University and the Urban Core Collective’s Transformational Leadership Program – is excited to announce Board Connect 2015, which will take place on Monday, October 26 from 5:30 – 7:30 more »
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