The first week of May is Small Business Week. At the Chamber we’re committed to seeing businesses of all sizes, especially small businesses grow and prosper. Our community is made up of many entrepreneurs who took an idea and made it into a successful business.
“Grand Rapids is proud to be home to our many entrepreneurs who bring innovative businesses to our community! This city is committed to supporting these business owners with a focus on supporting local and shopping small. As the Director of Membership at the Grand Rapids Chamber it brings me so much joy to meet with small businesses owners who share their passion for their business and pair them with resources to support their work!” said Amanda Hentsch, Director of Membership, Grand Rapids Chamber
Here are 5 small business Chamber members who are doing unique things in West Michigan:
Pack Elephant is a Black/Woman-Owned business that supports local creators. They work with a variety of local artists to create unique gifts for a variety of occasions. The team at Pack Elephant works to find custom gifts from local creators that fits your needs for events, team celebrations, and more. Check out their storefront or visit their website to see all of their amazing products from a diverse group of creators.
Voices for Health
Voices for Health provides a variety of translation and interpretation services in over 50 languages. They provide in-person, virtual, and over the phone interpretation services for those in healthcare, education, and other industries. Their VoicesACADEMY is the first online community for medical interpreters filled with informational videos, a translation database of medical terms, and more.
Cats or coffee? Why not both! Happy Cat Cafe is located on Division & Logan and provides a coffee experience different than your typical chain coffee shop. The cafe offers coffee, tea, sparkling lemonades, and more, while offering you the opportunity to drink with a furry friend. Their cat lounge allows you to dine right with the cats, and is so popular, they take reservations! Add in you’re helping a kitty find their new forever home, and this is a great location for your next cup of coffee!
Since 2019, Beviamo! Mobile Bar has put their own twist on mobile bar. They offer two sizes of vintage mobile bar. Add in one of their professional bartenders, and your wedding, birthday party, or other special occasion just got a whole lot cooler. Their team will even create custom cocktails for your event to make the experience even more memorable. Add on cocktail kits for you to make your own special drinks, and they’ve got something for every event!
Last Mile Cafe is coffee with a mission. They’re working to make sure their coffee is sustainable, equitable, and inclusive. They do this in a variety of ways including: packaging their coffee using compostable packaging, using ethically sourced coffee beans, and donating a portion of their profits. Their even working on incorporating NFTs into transactions. Soon, you’ll even be able to visit their new location on Hall Street which is slated to open later this month!
Thank you to ALL of the small businesses in our community for making West Michigan a unique and vibrant place to live, work, and play!