City launches Small Business Grant Program

The city of Grand Rapids' Economic Development Office has launched a new Small Business Grant Program to provide grants of up to $5,000 to eligible small businesses that have experienced a loss of revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Investment firm acquires tech company

Grand Rapids-based investment company Century Technology Group announced the acquisition of Mutually Human.
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Judge declines to halt Michigan’s new indoor dining ban

DETROIT — A judge on Friday declined to halt a three-week ban on indoor dining in Michigan that is one of the most recent coronavirus restrictions imposed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration.

First Black-owned Michigan brewery launches inaugural IPA

Black Calder Brewing Company, Michigan’s first Black-owned brewery, will celebrate its launch with the release of Black IPA on “The Blackest Friday,” scheduled for Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

Grand Rapids Public Library shifts to curbside pickup

The Grand Rapids Public Library temporarily ended in-person library services Monday and began its to-go curbside service.

City Built joins worldwide partnership with hip-hop group

City Built Brewing Company is one of 13 breweries across the world teaming up with hip-hop group Run The Jewels to release 12 versions of a craft beer named after the group’s new single, “No Save Point.”
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Kent County Health Department issues public health warning

Dr. Adam London, administrative health officer at the Kent County Health Department, issued a public health warning and strong guidelines aimed at curbing communitywide spread of the coronavirus in Kent County and preventing another economic shutdown.

Muskegon Rescue Mission hosting Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway

The Muskegon Rescue Mission is preparing to feed 1,000 families for Thanksgiving through an annual basket giveaway.

Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses to host The Shift Summit virtually

A local organization is hosting an online summit this weekend on economic equity in the African American community.
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Pfizer seeking emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine in US

Pfizer said Friday that it is asking U.S. regulators to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine, starting the clock on a process that could bring limited first shots as early as next month and eventually an end to the pandemic — but not until after a long, hard winter.

Kent County approves $496.1 million budget for 2021

The Kent County Board of Commissioners approved its 2021 annual budget.

City Commission turns down $500K for public safety

The Grand Rapids City Commission rejected $500,000 of Federal CARES dollars to support public safety and crime prevention from Kent County.

Guiding Light seeks cold-weather donations for those without shelter

Those looking to make a difference this holiday season can donate cold-weather necessities to a local nonprofit that serves individuals experiencing homelessness.

Root Functional Medicine opens Farmacy Café in East Hills

A new doctor- and dietitian-led grab-and-go café is officially open in East Hills.

UFP Industries acquires three New England companies

UFP Industries is expanding its supply base in the construction market with the acquisition of three companies based in New Hampshire.

Autocam Medical seeking dozens of CNC machinists

A contract manufacturer of precision surgical and medical components and devices is looking to hire dozens of full-time CNC machinists.

Wedgwood fills newly created stewardship role

A social services nonprofit filled a new leadership role within the organization that will focus on process improvement.

Study: Grand Rapids millennials earn above average income

Millennials working in Grand Rapids are earning above the national average, according to a recent report.
AP

Ford to revamp Detroit book warehouse into innovation hub

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. revealed plans Tuesday to transform a long-vacant book warehouse into a hub for automobile innovation in Detroit's oldest neighborhood.

City modifies service delivery following Pause to Save Lives order

The city of Grand Rapids is modifying how it delivers some municipal services in wake of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ Pause to Save Lives COVID-19 epidemic order.

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