Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses produces Black Market


The mission of Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses, or GRABB, is to create "thriving black communities characterized by economic prosperity and social equity through economic development." Photo via

The Black Market is back this weekend.

The third-annual event, produced by Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses, or GRABB, is designed to advance, promote and celebrate local black-owned businesses.

The event will be this Friday in Grand Rapids at Start Garden, at 40 Pearl St. NW, from 6-8:30 p.m. The night will also feature the GRABB Awards.

Tickets for the event are $25 a person and can be purchased online.

“We aim to foster an economy that supports the revitalization of the black community and expand opportunities for black businesses in the greater Grand Rapids area by creating economic equity,” the event’s Facebook page says.

“The GRABB Awards were created to recognize, reward and celebrate black businesses, individuals and community organizations that work hard to build up and make a difference in our community.”

GRABB Awards finalists

Young, Black & Gifted Award

Recognizes an entrepreneur under the age of 30 whose innovative leadership promotes economic and/or social change in the black community.

Duke Turley
Kyra Crandol
Parris McMurray

Emerging Black Business Award

Recognizes a black business that embodies GRABB's core values (stellar customer service, great products/services and community oriented) and has been in operation for one to five years.

Load A Spud Potato Bar
Apsara Spa
Daddy Pete's BBQ

The Black Bottom Community Builder Award

Recognizes an individual, group or organization that works tirelessly, passionately and collectively to help make the community a better place.

Urban Core Collective
Historically Black Colleges & Universities Tour Experience, or HBCUTE
Grand Rapids African American Health Institute, or GRAAHI

NC Mutual Life Insurance Co. Collaboration Award

Recognizes an entrepreneur that embodies the spirit of collaboration. Focused on innovative practices over and above traditional business relationship and alliances.

Skot Welch
Thomas Walker
Veverly Austin

Marcus Garvey Legacy Award

Recognizes an entrepreneurial leader who is the standard bearer for black businesses in the community and has been operating their business for over 10 years, “aka staying power.”

Head N Sole Barbershop
Oakdale Community Childcare Center
Choice Business Services

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