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136th Annual Meeting: The State of Grand Rapids Business

January 31 @ 7:30 am - 10:30 am

136th Annual Meeting: The State of Grand Rapids Business

Your Grand Rapids Chamber has been the voice of West Michigan business for 136 years.

At our 136th Annual Meeting, you’ll hear about how the Grand Rapids Chamber is working to inform, connect and advocate for West Michigan businesses and support business growth, build strong relationships, and create a thriving and prosperous West Michigan for all.


What to expect:

📅 The Grand Rapids Chamber Board of Directors and executive team will re-cap 2023 and share our goals for 2024

☕️ Networking with over 600 fellow Chamber members and business leaders

💵 State of Grand Rapids Business economic forecast to help you plan for the year ahead

🎤 A panel of local industry leaders will react to the economic forecast and provide insights on issues you care about

7:30 a.m.            Registration and Networking
 8:15 a.m.            Welcome and Breakfast
 9:00 a.m.            Board Chair Remarks
 9:10 a.m.            Economic Forecast
 9:40 a.m.            Reaction Panel
10:12 a.m.           Close
10:30 a.m.           Adjourn

The State of Grand Rapids Business: Using economic data from surveying members, the team at the GVSU Seidman College of Business will present an update on where the West Michigan economy currently stands, and an economic forecast for 2024. Dr. Paul Isely will provide insights on key economic indicators like business growth, talent, inflation, housing, innovation, and more.

👔 Dress: Business casual / attire with your company logo


Member Registration
Non-Member Registration
Member Corporate Tables

Non-Member Corporate Tables

Corporate tables include 10 attendees with preferred seating + logo recognition


Date & Time:

January 31 @ 7:30 am - 10:30 am


DeVos Place

303 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States


Meet the Speakers

Headshot of Dr. Paul Isely

Dr. Paul Isely

Associate Dean and Professor of Economics

Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University

Dr. Philomena Mantella


Grand Valley State University

James Byl


Multi-Automatic Tool & Supply Co.

Jeff Connolly

Senior Vice President and President, West Michigan & Upper Peninsula

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Jen Crowley

Chief Marketing Officer

Highland Group

Rick Baker

President & CEO

Grand Rapids Chamber

Event Sponsors

Premier Sponsor

Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Care Network of Michigan

Trustee Sponsors

Corewell Health   GVSU Grand Valley State University Seidman Logo
Huntington  Priority Health   RoMan Manufacturing

Business Partner


Executive Sponsors

AT&T  Crains Crain's Grand Rapids Stacked Logo       Be Independent Bank
Jandernoa Foundation    Meijer  The Rapid Logo   Trinity Health

Lead Supporters

Disher  GRCC Grand Rapids Community College  Grand Valley State University
Haworth    Windquest Group

Media Sponsor


Chamber Champions

AccidentFund Insurance Company of America Part of the A F Group   CusterFeeding America West Michigan FAWM Ferris State University FSU
LMCU   Outfront Media Logo PNGParadigm DesignWolverine Building Group Logo

Furniture Sponsor

Interphase Interiors

Technology Sponsor

Chase Creative Audio Visual & Event Staging Services