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Engaged & Growing: Knowhow from Successful Entrepreneurs

April 5, 2016
American attitudes towards entrepreneurship are on the rise with 86 percent of Americans holding a positive view in the 2015 Amway Global Entrepreneurship Report—a 24 percent increase over 2014 findings. Yet, fear of failure hold six in 10 back from realizing their dream of business ownership. So how do you overcome obstacles to starting and more »

National Diversity & Inclusion Expert to Speak March 30

March 22, 2016
Chamber’s annual diversity awards event features keynote on “Creating an Organization Where Everyone Wants To Work” The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is welcoming Marguerite Fletcher, a national diversity and inclusion expert and senior consultant at Verna Myers Consulting Group, to the stage as the keynote speaker during the 2016 Diversity Visionary Awards Celebration next more »

Chief Strategy Officer added to Grand Rapids Chamber Team

March 17, 2016
The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the new executive role of chief strategy officer has been created and will be filled by Paul Rumler, presently the chief economic development officer and executive vice president at the Quad-Cities Chamber in Moline, IL and Davenport, IA. “We’re excited to welcome Paul to more »

GR Chamber Supports Third Grade Reading Legislation

March 10, 2016
Members have made it clear that talent is a top priority for your Chamber and as we look at the talent preparation system, improving early literacy is a critical issue. Unfortunately, roughly one-half of Michigan’s 3rd grade students are not proficient readers. Worse, reading proficiency has been steadily declining for the past 12 years while more »

Issue Summit on Flint Water Crisis & Detroit Public Schools Set for March 18

March 7, 2016
Discussion to explore implications and potential solutions. The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting its second Issue Summit, a quarterly series designed to address some of the most pressing topics facing our businesses and community. On the morning of Friday, March 18, the Chamber will dig into the multitude of factors playing a role more »
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