$3.7M conference a ‘big step forward’ in attracting diverse groups

A national conference for a group of African-American law enforcement executives is coming to town.NOBLEMore than 1,200 command-level officials and community leaders from local,...

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.

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.

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.

Representations and warranties insurance use on the rise

West Michigan’s uptick in mergers and acquisitions has buyers and sellers gravitating toward a particular type of insurance.Ryan Isaacs, regional executive vice president of...

Grand Rapids rates among best places to live in US

Grand Rapids was named one of the top 100 best places to live in 2020.

Franchising on the rise

While the economy is down and unemployment is at an all-time high, the franchising industry saw a bump in activity with people wanting to take more control of their future.

Auto supplier to create 100 jobs via expansion in Whitehall

Hilite International is launching an expansion in Whitehall that is expected to create 108 jobs and generate a total private investment of $9.6 million.

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.

Survey reveals COVID-19 upended status quo

A semi-annual survey report from PNC shows economic confidence fell during the past six months as small and midsize businesses across the country made major changes to their operations and relied on stimulus funds as a lifeline to survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

GRABB receives $25K grant from Comcast

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

Salon owner overcomes obstacles

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Jairleen Zuiderveen hasn’t let life’s hard knocks derail her from achieving her dream of owning a hair salon where men can feel comfortable and confident.

Boston Square developers receive rezoning approval

The Grand Rapids City Commission granted approval to a trio of nonprofits seeking to rezone a site in the Boston Square neighborhood to boost equitable opportunities for residents.

West Michigan Works! offering Careers in Construction Month events

The region’s workforce development agency is joining construction industry professionals and organizations across the nation in hosting events for Careers in Construction Month.

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.

Report: Employer Resource Networks yield 510% ROI

A new report shows companies that provide an Employer Resource Network (ERN) success coach at the workplace experience an average of 510% return on investment toward the goals of stabilizing households and growing businesses and vibrant communities.

State budget restores workforce funding support

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed into law a 2021 state budget this week that restores much-needed training dollars for companies in need of skilled workers.

Partners hosting virtual Young Professionals of Color Conference

The ninth annual Young Professionals of Color Conference will take place online next week.