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Community Resources: Business

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Business Startup Resources

Business Tools and Databases at KDL

Business tools and databases that assist with market research.

General Business Resources

BBB Serving West Michigan

  • (616) 774-8236

The Better Business Bureau Serving West Michigan strengthens trust between companies and consumers.

City of GR Planning Commission

  • (616) 456-3000

Guides to public and private development efforts.

Consumers Energy Small Business Relief

  • Small Business Relief Program Grants and Loans issued by MEDC Strategic Fund
  • SBA Loans
  • CARES Act Resources
  • Become a Consumers Energy supplier through Pure Michigan Business Connect
  • MEDC Virtual Supplier Summit for COVID-19 supplies and services

The Employer's Association

  • (616) 698-1167

Nonprofit association that provides information on area wage, salary and benefits practices and performs project work for which an employer may not have internal resources.

Family Business Alliance

  • (616) 771-0575

Supports the unique needs of family owned businesses.

Grand Rapids Area Black Business

Creates awareness and visibility for black-owned businesses to promote growth and economic stability.

Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce

  • (616) 771-0300

A business membership organization that provides business development programs for members, enhances the business climate in the area and advocates for public policy that supports economic growth and vitality.

Grand Rapids Public Library Small Business Center

  • (616) 988-5400

Provides information to start, manage, and grow your small business. Staffed by a Business Librarian at the Main Library branch.

Local First

  • (616) 808-3788

Encourages the development of a vibrant, sustainable West Michigan economy by promoting local business ownership, social equity and environmental stewardship through education, support and collaboration. Their Directory helps you support and connect with local businesses.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation

  • 888-522-0103

Provides a list of resources and information for Michigan businesses during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

Michigan Small Business Development Center

  • (616) 331-7370 

Offers expert assistance at no cost to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow a business. Partner with consultants, access tools and workshops, and develop strategies.

Michigan Women's Foundation

  • (313) 962- 1920

Empowers women in business through events, networking, training and microlending.

Northern Initiatives

  • (906) 228-5571

Providing loans comes with access to business services which includes a suite of practical trainings, tools, and resources on topics that matter to every business owner: Money, Marketing, and Management.

Rende Progress Capital

Providing lending and investing through racial equity.

The Source

  • (616) 452-5295

Supports employers in their efforts to support their employees through resource navigation and community partnerships

Talent 2025

  • (616) 871-2450

Dedicated to making Michigan a Top 20 employment region by providing tools and training to business leaders in all industries.

West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

  • (616) 452-3960

Supports local Hispanic-owned business through advocacy, networking and training opportunities.

Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce

  • (616) 531-5990

Providing support and opportunities to businesses in the Wyoming-Kentwood areas.

Additional Chambers of Commerce

Byron Center Chamber of Commerce

  • (616) 878-0108

2496 84th St SW, Byron Center, MI 49315

Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce

  • (855) 627-2262

PO Box 465, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

Lowell Chamber of Commerce

  • (616) 897-9161

113 Riverwalk Plz Lowell, MI 49331

Grandville-Jenison Chamber of Commerce

  • (616) 531-8890

2939 Wilson, Suite 106, Grandville MI 49418

Rockford Chamber of Commerce

  • (616) 866-2000

17 S Monroe St NE, Rockford, MI 49341

Sand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce

  • (231) 414-7654

38 E Lake St Sand Lake MI 49343

Sparta Chamber of Commerce

  • (616) 887 – 2454

194 E. Division / PO Box 142, Sparta, MI 49345

Walker Chamber of Commerce

  • (616) 303-1436

4243 Remembrance Rd NW, Walker, MI 49534