Talent Development

Get the resources you need to Attract and Retain a talented workforce

A highly talented and diverse workforce is the key to new ideas and forward motion. West Michigan has made important investments to attract such talent to the area, but at the Chamber, we know first impressions are not enough. A magnetic community may attract talented people, but it is a truly diverse and inclusive community that will give everyone—from newcomers to local graduates—reasons to stay.

We work beside our nearly 2,700 businesses as they develop and retain their best talent. Our efforts start within organizations, where we help welcome new hires and create a plan to build a diverse workforce. And our efforts extend to the community, where we connect professionals and engage them in shaping a community where everyone is welcome.

Inside Grand Rapids
New to Grand Rapids? Looking to engage more fully in your community? This behind-the-scenes look at Grand Rapids is an excellent experience for both newcomers, current professionals, and leaders who are advancing in their careers. Get an insider’s insight into how our community works through these one-day sessions designed to be the ultimate fast-track orientation and in-depth look at our magnetic community.

Networking events
Professionals of all backgrounds can get connected and tapped into the community and Grand Rapids’ diverse talent through the OutPro, Black Women Connect GR, and other Chamber networking programs. Events are happening every month, visit the Chamber calendar to see what’s coming up next.

Community and Leadership Development
The Chamber offers a series of dynamic programs that invest in our community’s high-potential talent. We believe that this investment makes the difference in a professional’s innovation within their career and their commitment to West Michigan. Programs include the Institute for Healing Racism, Leadership Grand Rapids, and Leadership Advantage.

Ready to build a diverse workforce for your business? Contact a member of our Inclusion and Community Leadership team.