Second annual Black Market event to include awards presentation

by (erictank)

Submitted 11-11-2014 under NEWS

The second annual Black Market, presented by Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses (GRABB) will take place on Friday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22.  On Friday, networking, shopping, a strolling dinner and the inaugural Black Market GRAAB...

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Local First to celebrate abundance with over 40 vendors at Fork Fest

by (erictank)

Submitted 10-21-2014 under NEWS

Tickets are still on sale for Local First's annual Fork Fest celebration at Romence Gardens to take place on Thursday, October 23 from 5-9 p.m. The fourth annual event will feature local food and drink from over 40 participating vendors. Brewery...

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Awards nominations being accepted for GRABB

by (erictank)

Submitted 10-21-2014 under NEWS

Nominations for the inaugural Grand Rapids Area Black Business (GRABB) awards ceremony are being accepted until October 28.  Categories and eligibility include: Young, Black and Gifted award - this award recognizes entrepreneurs under the age...

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Neighborhood Business Alliance to celebrate 25 years of economic development

by (Neighborhood Ve...)

Submitted 10-14-2014 under PLACE-MATTERS

Written by Jessa Timmer   On Thursday, November 6, the Neighborhood Business Alliance will present its 25th year of the Neighborhood Business Awards at Wealthy Theatre. These awards are by far the longest running celebration of...

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Prosperity for some: Noted economist to address disparity in Grand Rapids

by (BecaV)

Submitted 09-23-2014 under NONPROFITS

Dr. Pastor will be at the Wealthy Theatre on September 24 to discuss his research and the connection between the conditions of racial equity and economy, and what this means for Grand Rapids. Dr. Pastor’s research addresses the current...

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Michigan startup debuts clothing line to support hunger relief

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 08-25-2014 under NONPROFITS

Five months after launching their first Hold On To Hope campaign for Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, Live Love Michigan is debuting a second line of clothes to benefit the hunger-relief organization. The model is pretty straightforward:...

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Expert reveals potential advantages, dangers of minimum wage increase

by (Scott Trumbo)

Submitted 06-09-2014 under NEWS

On May 24th, 2014 Governor Rick Snyder signed a bipartisan bill to increase the state minimum wage from $7.40 to $9.25 per hour. Michigan joins 8 other states and D.C. in increasing the minimum wage. The increase will be staggered out in four...

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Local shelters strive to curb trend of child homelessness in Grand Rapids

by (dansteenwyk)

Submitted 02-05-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

For many children in Grand Rapids, waking up without a place to call home is not a bad dream. For many children, homelessness is a reality. Cindy Longyne, communications manager for Mel Trotter Ministries, says there are 45 children currently...

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Local First awards leaders in community involvement

by (HGrzych)

Submitted 01-29-2014 under NEWS

Local First celebrated their fourth annual LocalMotion awards Tuesday, January 28 at the Goei Center. The event celebrated local entrepreneurship and awarded 616 Development, TerraTrike, CityFlats, Spoonlickers, Jamiel Robinson and Laurie Beard for...

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Further questions on Grand Rapids standard of living

by (rachelcc)

Submitted 01-28-2014 under OPINION

Recently, in my article about the standard of living in Grand Rapids, I placed a poll for readers to weigh in about their experiences and whether their standard of living had changed in the past five years and in the past 10 years. Almost...

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