Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses hosting Black Market & Awards Reception


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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

Destiny Adams

Erik Lauchiè

Kristian Grant

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

Angela Nelson

Grand C.I.T.Y Sports

NC Mutual Life Insurance Co. Collaboration Award

LaTarro Traylor

Veverly Austin

Linda Otterbridge

Harlem Renaissance Culture Architect Award

Ebony Road Players

West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology

Monroe A. O’Bryant

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