The Buzz

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Solving the Trucking Crisis … Together

May 27, 2016
A few engaged Chamber members can make all the difference in solving issues in our community. Case in point: a new collaboration has evolved among members from transportation, manufacturing and higher-education over the last few months and is making headway in addressing a key issue in the business community—the scarcity of truck drivers. The transportation industry is one more »

2016 ATHENA Award & Young Professional Nominations Now Open

May 17, 2016
Nominations are now open for the prestigious ATHENA Award and the ATHENA Young Professional Award. Presented annually by the Chamber, these awards recognize individuals for professional excellence, community service, mentoring, and active assistance in helping women attain professional excellence and leadership skills. Nominations (both women and men) can be submitted at for the 2016 more »

From Prison to Paycheck: Helping Michigan’s Returning Citizens Succeed

May 11, 2016
In 2012, two Grand Rapids area businesses—Butterball Farms and Cascade Engineering—started the 30-2-2 Initiative as a goal to have 30 local companies hire at least two ex-offenders for at least two years. Under the leadership of Mark Peters and Fred Keller, respectively, the 30-2-2 Initiative recognized the community and corporate value of employing those who more »

Find Your Place with Chamber Affinity Groups

May 11, 2016
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 more »

ELEVATE Minority Business Launches with Inaugural Class

May 5, 2016
Congratulations to the second-stage entrepreneurs selected for the Chamber’s newest business growth program—ELEVATE Minority Business. NOËL CUELLAR Primera Plastics, Inc. Precision injection molding manufacturing plastic parts MICHAEL DAVENPORT Jireh Metal Products, Inc. Certified ISO9001 manufacturer of progressive metal stamping functions and assemblies JAVIER OLVERA Supermercado Mexico, Inc. International grocery and supermarket JODI (VANDEN BERG) VAN more »
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