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Welcome to the Chamber of Commerce Business Resources Hub, where success meets opportunity! As a valued member, we’re dedicated to fueling your growth and prosperity. Explore the wealth of resources tailored just for you:

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GRAND VALLEY METRO COUNCIL

GVMC is an alliance of governmental units in the West Michigan area that are appointed to plan for the growth and development, improve the quality of the community’s life and coordinate governmental services.
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SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

By offering free business counseling, loans and federal government contracting, the Small Business Administration helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses.
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THE RIGHT PLACE, INC.

As a private, nonprofit economic development organization, The Right Place has led West Michigan’s economic growth for over 30 years. The organization provides business growth assistance to both local and international companies including site location services, connections to regional supply chain and service providers, regional business tours, consultation on state and local business incentives and more.
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MICHIGAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (MEDC)

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, in collaboration with more than 100 economic development partners, markets Michigan as the place to do business, assists businesses in their growth strategies, and fosters the growth of vibrant communities across the state.
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Business Advising, Training and Networking

FAMILY BUSINESS ALLIANCE

The Family Business Alliance is a local nonprofit created to help family businesses succeed. Working in a family business has its owned unique set of challenges. The FBA has resources and networking opportunities to help connect you to the right people to make sure your family business thrives.
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GRAND RAPIDS BLACK BUSINESSES

Grand Rapids Black Businesses is an organization that provides entrepreneurs with growing and sustaining businesses though access to social, intellectual and financial capital.
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GROW

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women provides resources including training, mentoring, consulting, business loans, workshops and networking to empower women to launch, advance and sustain business.
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MICHIGAN WOMEN’S FOUNDATION

Michigan Women’s Foundation provides financial resources, professional expertise and networking on behalf of women and girls in West Michigan.
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SCORE

SCORE is a free small business service providing mentoring, workshops and educational resources.
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SPRINGGR

SpringGR offers business training experience for people with an idea to start and succeed in their own business, including developing a business idea, identifying customers, pricing and business finance and branding/marketing.
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KENTWOOD EDC COMMERCIAL LOAN PROGRAM

The EDC Commercial Loan Program is a City-funded micro loan program intended to encourage investment in the older areas Kentwood by providing low interest loans to rehabilitate existing commercial properties located in and serving low income areas. EDC loans are in conjunction with a bank loan to existing businesses located in the City of Kentwood. Maximum loan amount is $100,000; rate is 75% of the prime rate at the time of application.
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KENTWOOD REVOLVING LOAN FUND

The purpose of Kentwood Revolving Loan Fund is to create permanent private sector jobs within the City and to expand and retain business and industry in our community. The fund provides local businesses and industries with a potential source of capital to finance expansion projects. The loan is supplementals to traditional private lender financing. Since public sector monies can offered at lowers rates of interest and for longer terms than private funds, the injection of public monies into a project can produce a blended rate of interest which is significantly lower than what can be obtained with strictly private sector financing. Therefore, the perceived risk of private sector lending to a small business venture is reduced.
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NORTHERN INITIATIVES

Northern Initiatives provides small business resources and loans. This includes the “Michigan Good Food Fund” that provides 30 million in public/private loans and grants to finance healthy food production, distribution, processing and retail products that benefit under-served communities across Michigan.
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SBCD

Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide free marketing, financing, and business-related assistance to local entrepreneurs. Our local branch is located at GVSU’s downtown campus. SBDCs exist as a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and usually a local college or university, with the purpose to help foster small businesses and jobs by providing educational resources to business owners and those looking to start a business.
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APEX

The APEX Accelerators program, formerly known as Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP), under management of the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), plays a critical role in the Department’s efforts to identify and helps a wide range of businesses enter and participate in the defense supply-chain. The program provides the education and training to ensure that all businesses become capable of participating in federal, state, and local government contracts.
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Wyoming Economic Development

Our Community and Economic Development Department's efforts are focused on the development and preservation of our City's resources. To achieve these goals, we adhere to the highest possible standards in our performance of comprehensive planning, development reviews, and use of incentives.
We want to ensure that our City is an exceptional place to live, work and visit, as we plan balance between residential, commercial, industrial, recreational and institutional land.
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Kent County

Registration is required by state law and is done through the County Clerk's Office in each county in which you plan to do business. Please note: The County Clerk’s Office will not process business registrations after 4:45pm, please plan accordingly. Follow the following 5 steps to have your business registered:
1. Check the name
2. Check with the State
3. Complete Business Registration Form
4. Notify Clerk's Office.
5. Pay Fees.
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Grants

START GARDEN

Start Garden provides $1,000 grants to entrepreneurs to try out new concepts.
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5×5

5×5 provides $5,000 of funding to explore new innovations and product ideas. Ideas are voted on by the community; one idea is voted on per month.
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