The Buzz

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December 2, 2016
Donald J. Trump’s path to the White House ran squarely through the industrial Midwest.  As everyone now knows, Iowa, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania are the states that delivered him the presidency in the remarkable 2016 elections. Now comes the big question—what does President-elect Trump’s win mean for the Midwest? That’s the question that the more »


November 11, 2016

On November 10, the Michigan Senate passed energy legislation opposed by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce…

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Overtime Regulation Changes Start December 1

November 2, 2016
The Chamber recently held a conference call for members featuring Marc Freedman, Executive Director of Labor Law Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on the final overtime regulation and what businesses must do to prepare for the December 1 implementation date. Right now, if you are a salaried employee making $23,600 or less, you more »

Small Business Saturday

November 2, 2016
Small Business Saturday is November 26, and it’s your chance to support local, small businesses that contribute to our community and are vital to West Michigan’s economy. Here’s five reasons to shop small and support Chamber members: Your dollars stay local. More of your money will be kept in your local economy when you shop more »

Chamber Applauds Michigan Senate on Passage of HICA Fix

October 20, 2016
Business Community Calls on Governor to Sign Bills The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce applauds the Michigan Senate on the passage of Senate Bills 987-990. The bills reconfigure Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) to allow the state to create stable Medicaid funding and responsibly remove the anti-competitive Health Insurance Claims Assessment (HICA) tax on more »
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