Employers may scale back raises in 2021

A new survey has found the shadow of COVID-19 is causing many U.S. organizations to reevaluate their salary increase plans for 2021.

Woodworker turns hobby into business after job loss

After losing his job due to the pandemic, Kristian Woods decided it was time to turn his longtime passion into a serious business.

Report shows resilient economy

Economic conditions showed “definite signs of improvement” during the third quarter of 2020, the first gain during a year dominated by impacts of the pandemic, according to a new report.

Grand Rapids kicks off social media challenge to support local businesses

The city of Grand Rapids and a host of community partners have started what they hope will become a viral campaign to support local businesses during this holiday shopping season.

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.

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.

Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses hosting annual GRABB awards

An African American-focused economic development organization will honor several Black-owned businesses and community leaders at a virtual awards ceremony Thursday.

Research drives growth in Michigan

As Michigan emerges from this year’s pandemic-induced recession, its largest research universities are poised to play an essential role, according to a new report.

Sable Homes receives brownfield incentives for Newaygo development

Rockford-based Sable Homes earned brownfield incentives, allowing construction for a new home development in the city of Newaygo.

GRABB, Hispanic chamber partner with Flagstar Bank to distribute $5K grants

Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses and the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce are partnering with Flagstar Bank to administer $150,000 in grant funds in West Michigan.

GRABB receives $25K grant from Comcast

Comcast is awarding $25,000 to Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses to help support small businesses.

Division United project team hosts free neighborhood development lecture

The Rapid, in partnership with the cities of Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Wyoming, will host a free virtual lecture and Q&A session from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 19 focused on small-scale development strategies for the Division Avenue corridor.

Partners shoulder cost of removing barrier to 201 Market redevelopment

The city of Grand Rapids is entering a partnership with other local entities to remove a critical barrier to future redevelopment of the Market Avenue corridor.

MEDC publishes COVID-19 winter strategies resource guide

A new guide that builds off the Reopen Main Street website, which offers communities COVID-19 response and recovery resources, is providing communities with ideas to give them a jumpstart on preparing for and celebrating winter safely.

Annual recruiting event ReThink West Michigan goes virtual

Talent recruitment and economic development organizations Hello West Michigan and The Right Place are turning their annual Thanksgiving Eve career fair into a virtual event the week before Thanksgiving.

MEDC brings West Michigan projects closer to ‘shovel ready’

A pair of industrial sites in West Michigan — including the future Kent County Department of Public Works sustainable business park — have been awarded a total of $150,000 in site readiness grants from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Leonard Street development approved for MSF support

The Grand Rapids Brownfield Redevelopment Authority recently received Michigan Strategic Fund approval of a brownfield work plan that will include $228,939 in state tax capture reimbursement for the Leonard Development project.

Study: Trade backed 1.1M state jobs

A new study from Business Roundtable finds international trade supported 1,105,400 jobs in Michigan in 2018 and represented nearly one out of every five jobs in the state before the pandemic.

SURGE Boostcamp reaches the next level

Lakeshore Advantage is conducting its second cohort of SURGE Boostcamp with an updated approach this fall.

Building Bridges through Education announces inaugural fellows

The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce selected its inaugural class of 35 fellows for its new Building Bridges through Education fellowship initiative.

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