A businesswoman interacts with a customer at the Black Market. Photo via fb.com
An African American-focused economic development organization will honor a group of businesses and individuals at an upcoming event.
Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses, or GRAAB, will host its fifth-annual GRAAB Black Market & Awards Reception from 6-8:30 p.m. on Friday at the ArtPrize Hub in Grand Rapids, at 41 Sheldon Blvd. SE.
During the event — which will feature food, networking and shopping for wares by local black-owned vendors — GRAAB will honor businesses, individuals and community groups contributing to “the forward progress” of Grand Rapids and GRAAB — and who are working to “make a difference” in the community.
Tickets, $40-$75, can be purchased online.
GRAAB Award finalists
Young Black and Gifted Award
Emerging Black Businesses Award
Bare All Clothing
JoJo’s House of Beauty
Daddy’s Dough Cookies
The Black Bottom Community Builder Award
Aurrick Brand Movement Group
Grand C.I.T.Y Sports
NC Mutual Life Insurance Co. Collaboration Award
Harlem Renaissance Culture Architect Award
Ebony Road Players
West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology
Monroe A. O’Bryant