Center for Economic Inclusion: Q2 Quarterly Update

The Grand Rapids Chamber’s Center for Economic Inclusion (CEI) delivers technical assistance to the business community at large, with intentionality towards underserved entrepreneurs and small businesses. We envision the Chamber at the center of Grand Rapids business, providing the resources, connections, and introductions businesses need to thrive.

Read below to learn more about the impact of CEI in Q 2.



The Grand Rapids Chamber’s Diverse Business Enterprise (DBE) certification recognizes minority, veteran, women, tribal, disability and LGBTQIA+ owned businesses. Certifications are provided to increase visibility and give a competitive advantage with contracts and opportunities in the West Michigan community. In Q2, eight new businesses were certified, and two certifications were renewed, for a total of 65 certified businesses. View the full list here.

Minority-Owned Businesses:

Woman-Owned Businesses:

Tribal-Owned Businesses:


 “Over the years, the Grand Rapids Chamber has been amazingly helpful. They sent a team from their Center for Economic Inclusion to experience our 5-star VR entertainment, which includes 50 multiplayer games and experiences. We excel in servicing diverse company groups looking for unique, new, team-building opportunities, and I’m very excited to see what this team does to help us. They already generated a few ideas that I’m sure will be just as helpful as their other services have been, like the Business Exchange Luncheon, Chamber After Hours, and Business Growth Workshops!”

– Greg Wander, Owner/President, Amped Virtual Reality


Business Growth Workshop: Human Resources on a Small Business Budget*

April 18 | Attendance: 34

West Michigan Minority Contractors: Accounting Essentials Workshop*

April 23 | Attendance: 122

Economic Inclusion Summit: The State of Economic Inclusion in Grand Rapids

May 8 | Attendance: 196

Mosaic Business Collective Quarterly Meeting

May 22 | Attendance: 19

Business Growth Workshop: Funding Your Business*

June 25 | Attendance: 29

* Spanish interpretation was offered to limited English proficiency (LEP) attendees.


Business Growth Workshop: Grow Your Business through Acquisition | Tuesday, August 13 

West Michigan Minority Contractors | Thursday, September 26 

Business Growth Workshop: Defining Your Target Market | Tuesday, October 13

Diversity & Talent Summit | Tuesday, November 12

West Michigan Minority Contractors | Thursday, November 14

Business Growth Workshop: Marketing & Sales Strategy | Tuesday, December 10

For more information or to get involved in our CEI work, please reach out to our team members:

Jenny Waugh, Vice President of Economic Growth,
Claire Colley, Economic Growth Program Manager,
Samuel Sanestin, Economic Growth Program Manager,









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