Working with the Grand Rapids Chamber government affairs team provides insight and awareness to issues impacting our business, our clients, our team members and our community, such as community investments, housing, transportation and tax issues. The team is extremely supportive and responsive to the Chamber committees, by providing contacts, resources and information on proposed legislation and issues impacting our community.
Diverse Business Enterprise Certifications
The Grand Rapids Chamber’s Diverse Business Enterprise certification program is the only West Michigan certification program offered to minority, veteran, women, and LGBTQ+ owned businesses. Certifications are provided to increase transparency and to create opportunities for procurement with supplier diversity programs with the area’s largest companies.
The certification of diverse-owned businesses gives West Michigan organizations a competitive advantage when working with the greater business community without additional barriers such as pending citizenship status or access to capital. The process will be the first step to other certifications outside of our jurisdictions.
Having the support and approval of the Grand Rapids Chamber will give these businesses a competitive edge when bidding for contracts with local companies.