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Awards nominations being accepted for GRABB

Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses will be presenting the first annual awards ceremony in recognition of Black businesses making an impact on the local community.
2013 Black Market event

2013 Black Market event /Courtesy of GRABB

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2013 Black Market event

2013 Black Market event /Courtesy of GRABB

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 of 30 that are making an impact on their local economy.
  • Emerging Black Business Award - the business selected for this category must have been in operation between one and seven years. It must exemplify the core values of GRABB, i.e., excellent customer service, excellent products and community oriented. 
  • The Black Bottom Community Builder award - recognizing individuals, groups or organizations that are working passionately and collectively to improve community. 
  • MC Mutual Life Insurance Co Collaboration Award - focusing on exceptional results, these businesses go beyond the conventional through innovation and collaboration.
  • Marcus Garvey Legacy award - recognizing entrepreneurial leaders that have been in business for over 10 years and set the standards for Black buisinesses. 

Nominations can be made online through the GRABB website

Three finalists for each category will be released on November 4. The awards ceremony will be held on Friday, November 21.

According to website, "The GRABB Awards were created to recognize, reward and celebrate Black businesses, individuals and community organizations that work hard to build up and make a difference to the Greater Grand Rapids community."

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