Chamber Blog

The Grand Rapids Chamber Celebrates 20 Years of Healing Racism

November 20, 2017
When was the last time you had an honest conversation about race with a diverse set of people? Over the years, racism has become one of several highly sensitive topics that people avoid talking about in public. The sad truth is that racism happens every day, whether or not we choose to discuss it with more »

The 2017 Chamber Guide for Supporting Local on Small Business Saturday

November 16, 2017
Competing with the big boys at Target and Amazon can get tricky this time of year. Small Business Saturday (on November 25, 2017) is just one way we can show some much-deserved love to the local organizations that bring that special touch to our community while supporting our economy all year round. As the big more »

Experience “Defamation, the Play” at the Chamber’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit

November 8, 2017
At first glance “Defamation,” is an old-fashioned courtroom drama – but look again, and it tackles subjects that many of us prefer to avoid: race, religion, class, gender, and our legal system. Over the course of a business meeting, African-American woman, Regina Wade, is accused of stealing a watch by Mr. Golden, a white Jewish more »

November 7 Local Elections!

November 3, 2017
On November 7, voters across Kent County will head to the polls to decide local races and tax questions. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Click here to find your polling location and view a sample ballot. The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce PAC, the Friends of West Michigan Business, more »

OutPro Keynote Speaker Jeffrey Songco: On His ArtPrize Winning Entry & His Big Move from San Francisco to Grand Rapids

October 31, 2017
Why would a talented young artist leave San Francisco to move to Grand Rapids? The short answer: ArtPrize. The long answer? Well, we’ll get to that. Jeffrey Augustine Songco was born and raised in New Jersey by his Filipino immigrant parents. Despite his devout Catholic upbringing, he is best known in the West Michigan art more »
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