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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.

Investment firm acquires tech company

Grand Rapids-based investment company Century Technology Group announced the acquisition of Mutually Human.
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Judge declines to halt Michigan’s new indoor dining ban

DETROIT — A judge on Friday declined to halt a three-week ban on indoor dining in Michigan that is one of the most recent coronavirus restrictions imposed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration.

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 Public Library shifts to curbside pickup

The Grand Rapids Public Library temporarily ended in-person library services Monday and began its to-go curbside service.

City Built joins worldwide partnership with hip-hop group

City Built Brewing Company is one of 13 breweries across the world teaming up with hip-hop group Run The Jewels to release 12 versions of a craft beer named after the group’s new single, “No Save Point.”
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Kent County Health Department issues public health warning

Dr. Adam London, administrative health officer at the Kent County Health Department, issued a public health warning and strong guidelines aimed at curbing communitywide spread of the coronavirus in Kent County and preventing another economic shutdown.

Muskegon Rescue Mission hosting Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway

The Muskegon Rescue Mission is preparing to feed 1,000 families for Thanksgiving through an annual basket giveaway.

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.
AP

Pfizer seeking emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine in US

Pfizer said Friday that it is asking U.S. regulators to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine, starting the clock on a process that could bring limited first shots as early as next month and eventually an end to the pandemic — but not until after a long, hard winter.

Kent County approves $496.1 million budget for 2021

The Kent County Board of Commissioners approved its 2021 annual budget.

City Commission turns down $500K for public safety

The Grand Rapids City Commission rejected $500,000 of Federal CARES dollars to support public safety and crime prevention from Kent County.

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