Meet the Cohorts

The Grand Rapids Chamber is currently hosting two ELEVATE Minority Business cohorts. Applications to join future cohorts will be announced as they become available.


ELEVATE Minority Business Class of 2021

  • Manny Barajas, MI Home Group
  • Debra Bates, Choice Business Services
  • Floriza Genautis, Management Business Solutions
  • Jose Gonzalez, Preferred Flooring MI LLC
  • Cruiz Paiz, Grand Rapids Fire Protection
  • Carlos Pava, Voices for Health
  • Ruben Ramos, R & R Mechanical Services LLC
  • Raquel Salas-Guzman, Avanti Law Group PLLC
  • Jeweral Washington, J-Max Transportation Services Inc

ELEVATE Minority Business Class of 2022

  • James Byl, Belding Tool & Machine
  • Abdeel Cabrera, Midwest Steel Carports
  • Rodolfo Castillo, Midwest Steel Carports
  • Clara Heitzman, Monte Cristo Electric
  • Seve Hernandez, FCF Drywall
  • Latricia Lomax, Exchange Business Center
  • Manuel Martinez, Monte Cristo Electric
  • Sterling Massey, Massey Insurance & Financial Services
  • Bill McCurdy, The Black Moon Group
  • Keith Morgan, All Clean Again LLC
  • Manoj Mulki, M&K Construction Supply LLC
  • Tanya Powell-May, Legacy Homes GR
  • Andy Rosario, Maya Mexican Grill
  • Elizabeth Rosario, Maya Mexican Grill