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GR Chamber PAC Announces Endorsements for GR Mayor and City Commission

May 14, 2015
The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce’s Political Action Committee (PAC), the Friends of West Michigan Business, has announced its support of Commissioner Rosalynn Bliss for Mayor, and Commissioner Ruth Kelly, Jon O’Connor and David Allen for Grand Rapids City Commission. Endorsements were based on candidate questionnaires, interviews and past performance for incumbents. “The Chamber more »

And the 2015 EPIC Awards Finalists are….

May 13, 2015
The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce will celebrate 20 area businesses and individuals at the sixth annual EPIC Awards. The EPIC Awards (which stands for Entrepreneurial, Progressive, Innovative and Collaborative) recognizes businesses and individuals that support the community, demonstrate growth, are innovative and have worked with others as mentors and collaborators. 2015 Finalists in more »

GR Chambers is Accepting Nominations for the 2015 ATHENA Awards

May 7, 2015
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 2015 more »

Educating Employees on Proposal 1 OR What You Need To Know About Prop 1

April 30, 2015
Employers have an opportunity to raise employee awareness about Proposal 1 – the May 5 ballot measure to fund our roads and transportation needs. With May 5 fast approaching, the Safe Roads YES! campaign has released an employer toolkit for educating coworkers on Proposal 1. Some highlights of the kit include: Two 30-second informational videos more »


February 24, 2015
On February 24, 2015, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announced its support of Proposal 1—the May 5 ballot question to fix Michigan’s crumbling infrastructure. “Michigan needs to fix its roads. We cannot afford the cost of continued inaction,” said Rick Baker, president & CEO of the Chamber. “Safe roads are more »
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