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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.

First Black-owned Michigan brewery launches inaugural IPA

Black Calder Brewing Company, Michigan’s first Black-owned brewery, will celebrate its launch with the release of Black IPA on “The Blackest Friday,” scheduled for Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

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.

Dan’s Diner closes doors

A local diner is closing its doors for good due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

Advisory group launches resource to protect small businesses from cyberthreats

Small and midsize Michigan businesses combating growing cybersecurity threats have a new ally.

Report shows Grand Rapids has 6th-lowest percentage of female small business owners

A new report shows female small business owners still are in the minority in the Grand Rapids area.

Flat River Group acquires e-commerce distributor

A toy and game distributor in West Michigan acquired an out-of-state wholesale distributor of consumer products for e-commerce channels.

Velocity Research fine-tunes its business

When you’re just starting out in business, the road has plenty of bumps. When you throw in COVID-19, it becomes a wild ride.

Local startups find new funding avenue

Grand Rapids is a hotbed for startups, so it wasn’t a surprise when Michigan State University affiliate Conquer Accelerator chose five Grand Rapids-based startups that represent various industries to invest in.

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.

Motu Viget Spirits hits Meijer’s shelves

Motu Viget Spirits, a Black-owned wine and spirits company based in Grand Rapids, announced a partnership with Meijer grocery stores.

JetCo Solutions launches For the Vets nonprofit

A local veteran-owned consulting business established a nonprofit to provide for retired veterans during the pandemic.

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.

Owner closing Shiraz Grille restaurant

A local Middle Eastern restaurant is closing later this month as the owner retires.

Grand Apps founders sell to employees

Chris Ake, co-founder of Grand Apps, announced the sale of the company to employees Tyler Kutt and Brandon Ross.

Kaffeine Place opens in Midtown neighborhood

A woman-owned café opened in Grand Rapids’ Midtown neighborhood.

Tamales Mary to open location in Eastown

The husband-and-wife owners of Tamales Mary are opening their second location in Eastown.

Former Young Architect of the Year launches own firm

Zach Verhulst, the American Institute of Architects’ Grand Rapids 2019 Young Architect of the Year announced the opening of PURE Architects.

SURGE Boostcamp reaches the next level

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

Local entrepreneur exits showbiz, finds flooring

A former professional opera singer is now making bank as a West Michigan flooring contractor and wants to get the word to young people looking for career opportunities.

Kentwood extends local business support during pandemic

The Kentwood City Commission extended changes to business approval requirements and procedures as part of the city’s continued efforts to support local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Newlyweds purchase and reopen One Stop Coney Shop

A young, newly married couple purchased One Stop Coney Shop from its previous husband-and-wife owners and are operating it as a takeout joint.

Michigan Software Labs ranks among ‘Best Small Workplaces’ in U.S.

Fortune and Great Place to Work have included Michigan Software Labs on the 2020 ranking of the “100 Best Small Workplaces” in the country.

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