Organizations That Can Help
West Michigan COVID-19 Business Coalition Convening Members
Experience Grand Rapids
Experience Grand Rapids continues to serve as a trip planning resource. We have also started gathering and launching marketing efforts to assist with the area’s economic vitality during the COVID-19 crisis. Our goal is to help retain the community’s hospitality businesses including hotels and meeting venues, food and beverage establishments, attractions, music venues, area shopping and visitor amenities. Additionally, we are planning for the future by developing promotional efforts to bring visitors back to this great destination.
Grand Rapids Chamber
In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments, the Grand Rapids Chamber is devoted to our mission: A thriving and prosperous West Michigan for All. During these times, we are specifically concentrating our efforts on fierce advocacy for business, as well as business sustainability. Additionally, we are overseeing outreach efforts to the small business community, coordinating efforts with entrepreneurial service organizations, and amplifying our member concerns at all levels of government.
The Right Place, Inc.
In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, our team at The Right Place has refocused our economic development efforts to exclusively support local businesses during this time. We are coordinating resources at all levels of government and with our community partners, local banks, and talent partner, Hello West Michigan. Our team is here and ready to provide guidance and support to West Michigan's businesses.
Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce
During these challenging times, the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (APACC) is here for you. APACC supports our members and the Asian Pacific American business community through information sharing, resources, online business networking, webinars, marketing and advocacy. You can find out more at apacc.net/coronavirus. If you or your company is experiencing discrimination, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
City of Grand Rapids
The City of Grand Rapids wants to ensure residents, employees and businesses have pathways to financial growth and security. As part of this commitment, we want to help you navigate access to resources, guidance and assistance as you respond to and recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are working with our community partners to make sure all new and existing resources are organized, easily accessible and functioning together to meet our community’s needs. This includes our continued work to support private investment and evaluate City programs and resources to confront the current challenges. We also are preparing for the future, working to ensure our recovery from this crisis is in partnership with our community. We remain committed to our vision that Grand Rapids is recognized nationally as an equitable, welcoming, innovative and collaborative city with a robust economy, safe and healthy community and the opportunity for a high quality of life for all.
Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.
DGRI administers several economic development tools designed to catalyze public and private investment in the urban core. This includes specific grant and incentive programs geared to help support, retain and grow ground-floor retail, restaurant and other storefront small business. DGRI also coordinates closely with other local entrepreneurial support and economic development organizations, so if we don’t have the answers you’re looking for we can often times get you connected with who does.
Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW)
GROW staff is working with small businesses to navigate all of the different loan, grant and support options available to them during the COVID-19 crisis. We are providing assistance with the EIDL and PPP application processes, gathering and reviewing forms, and providing applicable options in working with current lenders, landlords, vendors and navigating cash flow concerns, as well as employee communications.
We are providing webinar updates pertinent to small businesses in navigating this crisis. We are also focusing on providing practical advice to prepare our clients for a strong rebound once the COVID19 crisis is past.
We are also keeping our website updated with webinars and toolkits from national, state and regional organizations. This is updated daily, sometimes more than once a day. To ensure information is current, accurate and helpful. You can view our resource page at growbusiness.org/covid
The Kent County Health Department is leading Kent County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is continually assessing the health of the community and ensuring that critical information, resources and services are available to residents. The department is partnering with healthcare and behavioral health providers, community service organizations, the business community, law enforcement and local, state and federal government and public health officials to ensure a coordinated and effective response to this crisis.
LINC UP will be serving as liaison to connect residents to resources during the COVID-19 crisis. LINC UP's strong relationships with local residents allows us to serve as a bridge between people and essential COVID-19 resources. Our desire is to ensure that accurate and timely information regarding healthcare resources, food distribution, and financial support are widely shared with the most vulnerable people during this time. Our Facebook page will be our center for information sharing.
Local First is encouraging the support of local business in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis by creating a crowdsourced list of ways that businesses of all sectors are innovating to best serve the community within new safety guidelines. In addition to our existing online directory of hundreds of locally owned businesses, Local First has developed a business-to-business resource document with crisis-time expertise in legal, HR, and other best practices through webinars, blogs, and other online mediums. Local First continues to lead the development of an economy grounded in local ownership by providing platforms for meaningful interaction between our businesses as well as the community they serve.
Urban League of West Michigan
The Urban League of West Michigan will be serving as an information and value-add resource for African-American owned businesses in Grand Rapids and West Michigan during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Our desire is to help entrepreneurs efficiently navigate access to resources, provide strategic guidance and try our best to provide assistance in an effort to survive economically during this pandemic and beyond. Our overall goal is to enhance opportunities for economic prosperity for historically marginalized populations, especially African Americans, through business ownership and employment. Your Urban League of West Michigan will be advocating on your behalf at the local, state and federal level, seeking resources and opportunities during and after this COVID-19 pandemic.
West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce works with all members of the community to increase the economic advancement of Hispanic owned businesses and to assist the professional growth of Hispanic business leaders in West Michigan. This remains our focus as we face the COVID-19 crisis. The Hispanic Chamber is working to ensure Hispanic business owners in West Michigan have access to resources in a timely manner so they may easily secure assistance to make sound decisions during this time. We continue to work with organizations in the community to ensure business owners receive the wraparound services they need.
West Michigan Works!
West Michigan Works! is available to assist individuals looking for employment. Employers are still hiring and many are looking for temporary workers. Check out the Weekly Hot Jobs page. Job seekers can also visit our at-home resources to keep their job search active while you stay safe at home.
While we’ve had to make some changes to our service delivery, our Business Solutions team is available to help. Check out the Employer Resources Related to Unemployment and COVID-19 page for more information. If you have any questions about recruitment assistance due to increased demand or if you have concerns regarding potential layoffs, please contact us at email@example.com or 616-336-2393.