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Published bi-monthly, The Chamber News is a great way to keep up-to-date on Chamber happenings, recently joined members, ribbon cuttings and more.

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Member Newsflashes

Acrisure Acquires B2Z Insurance to Further Expand Digital Capabilities
ADAC Automotive opens doors to new president 
After recovering from pandemic, family-owned El Granjero plots next transition
Amplify GR fills two new positions

Amway’s XS Energy celebrates milestone
Andrew Hakim of Grand Rapids’ Blackford Capital Named an “Emerging Leader”

BAMF hosts grand opening, reveals expansion plans 
Calvin University launches Startup Garage business incubator backed by $500K donation
Crain Communications acquires Grand Rapids Business Journal
Clark Construction to open Grand Rapids office

Comcast RISE offering free technology makeover services to small businesses
Consumers Energy inspiring next generation of artists to protect the planet with SmartArt
Development firm purchases facility, property in Muskegon

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. opens downtown futsal courts
Gibbs makes move to Greenleaf
Grand Rapids Community Media Center names new executive director
Grand Rapids family businesses forge partnership, citing aligned vision

Grand Rapids’ Holo Footwear aims to make shoes sustainable

Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing to help fill federal smallpox, monkeypox vaccine order

GRBJ: Gold prep for first season downtown
KeyBank plans new permanent office in downtown GR
Latinx restaurant pros to gather for ‘Conversations’

Local mobile device companies celebrate new space

Maner Costerisan ranked No. 13 among medium businesses on ‘Cool Places to Work’ list
Marketing agency founder earns impact award

Marketing firm purchases west side GR office as in-person work returns
Meijer seeks to add more products by local and diverse businesses
Mutually Human acquires Grand Rapids-based analytics firm Mirrorlytics
Plan to grow Grand Rapids into major, Midwestern tech hub outlined by The Right Place
SpartanNash Welcomes Nicole Zube as SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer

Spectrum Health breaks ground on new facility

The Right Place seeks tech transformation for Grand Rapids
Tribally owned Waséyabek Development Co. buys Muskegon property

West Michigan automotive company names new president, CEO

YMCA opens $1.1M Lowell location
Youth organization receives $1.1M donation
44-unit riverfront apartment project planned north of downtown Grand Rapids


Ribbon Cuttings

A Ribbon Cutting ceremony is a great way to celebrate the opening a new business, expanding a current location, relocating, or celebrating a milestone anniversary.

 

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WellCare Urgent Care celebrated the grand opening of their new location on Leonard! Their team is ready to care for the patients that come through their doors.

 

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Health Alliance Plan – HAP celebrated their expanded presence in West Michigan with a ribbon cutting. HAP is a Michigan-based, nonprofit health plan that provides health coverage to individuals, companies and organizations.

 

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GTF Technologies celebrated their grand opening and the dedication of their company! GTF uses technology to reduce food waste and address food insecurities across the globe. Based right in West Michigan, we’re excited to see them grow and prosper.

 

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Calvin University cut the ribbon on their new School of Business Building! We’re excited to see the Calvin faculty and staff work to foster the next generation of talent.

 

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Triterra celebrated the ribbon cutting at their office in Cascade! Triterra is a Michigan-based, environmental consulting firm with offices in Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Alma, Michigan.

 

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The Aroma Labs GR celebrated their one-year anniversary in Grand Rapids with a ribbon cutting. The Aroma Labs is located on Monroe Center and allows you to create your own signature scents that can be used as perfumes, beard oils, car air-fresheners, and more.

 

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Home2 Suites by Hilton held a ribbon cutting at their new beautiful hotel in Byron Center. Working with Wolverine Building Group, their team has created a beautiful hotel that will be a great refuge for visitors to the area.

 

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eduPARTS & Mobile Defenders celebrated the grand opening of their workspace in Caledonia. Both companies are creating great in the technology sector right here in West Michigan!

 

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Sweet Details GR celebrated the grand opening of their new studio in Eastown! Sweet Details GR is a cake studio specializing in logo cookies, edible gifts, team workshops and dessert tables. They create an experience that combines all senses to make an impression for your brand.

 

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EL Granjero Mexican Grill, an authentic Mexican restaurant & catering business on Bridge Street in Grand Rapids, celebrated their 15th anniversary with a ribbon cutting.

 

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Amped Reality VR celebrated 3 years in business with a ribbon cutting! Amped Reality has over 40 virtual reality experiences for people of all ages. From Minecraft to roller coasters to floating in space, there’s something for everyone. They also have party packages for birthdays and other special events.


Recently Joined Members

Please join us in welcoming the following companies to the Chamber. We encourage you to do business with fellow Chamber members!

Investor:

Kum & Go

Trustee:

Calvin University
Catherine’s Health Center
Fresh Thyme Market
J.P. Morgan Private Bank
Members First Credit Union
Natural Choice Foods
Premier Safety

Executive:

Beene Garter, A Doeren Mayhew Firm
ChoiceOne Bank
Dart Bank
Edward Jones
Elite Hospitality Group
Exponential Inclusion LLC
Feeding America West Michigan
Freightliner of Grand Rapids
Harrison Gray Search and Consulting
Hummingbird MI Laboratories, LLC
Kenowa Hills Public Schools
LaFontaine Automotive Group
Learning Care Group – Employer Solutions
New Holland Brewing Company – The Knickerbocker
OrthoLazer
Paul Davis Restoration of West Michigan
Peak Performance Physical Therapy
Quint Workspaces, Inc.
Right Management Great Lakes Region
Stinkin’ Clean Bins
TJ Homes
Total Product Management, Ltd.
Wellcare Urgent Care

Micro-Enterprise:

Amplify GR
APOG Holdings, LLC
AutismAlliance of Michigan
Aztech
Baxter Community Center
Break Room Therapy
Bricks & Minifigs Grand Rapids
Drip Drop Cocktail Room
Easy Transport LLC
FlexTal.com
Frontier Electrical, LLC
Fulton Family Dentistry
Globe Midwest Adjusters International
GreenCo2
Growing with the Enneagram
Imaginative Futures
Let’s Stay Home Cocktail Kits
Manitou Films
Mayweather Boxing and Fitness
Michigan Humanities
MIJA Leadership Coaching
Mita Fitzjohn Leadership Development Consulting and Coaching
Morenas Event Venue
New Day Foundation for Families
Nurmikko Family Agency
On Time Dumpster Rentals, LLC
Priority Home Mortgage
Studio M Interiors
The Refugee Education Center
The UPS Store on Alpine Ave
Threshold Performance Solutions
Wholehearted Veterinary Care, PLLC

Affiliate:

Alpine Elementary
Bishop Hills Assisted Living
Calvin University – Advancement
Calvin University – Career Center
Calvin University – Global Campus
Calvin University – Prince Conference Center
Calvin University – School of Business
Calvin University – School of Education
Calvin University – School of Health
Catering Concepts by Flo’s
CBRE, Inc. – Grand Rapids
Central Elementary
Crystal Flash – Adrian
Crystal Flash – Cadillac
Crystal Flash – Gladwin
Crystal Flash – Hamilton
Crystal Flash – Hillman
Crystal Flash – Kalamazoo
Crystal Flash – Lawrence
Crystal Flash – Marshall
Crystal Flash – Monroe
Crystal Flash – Newago
Crystal Flash – Traverse City
Dart Bank- Frandor Banking Office
Dart Bank- Grand Ledge Banking Office
Dart Bank- Holland Loan Center
Dart Bank- Holt/S. Lansing Banking Office
Dart Bank- Mason Banking Office
Early Childhood Center – Kenowa Hills
Edward Jones – Tina Fierro
EOS Worldwide – Amy S Courter
EOS Worldwide – Barb Reimbold
EOS Worldwide – Brian Donnelly
EOS Worldwide – Chris Heileman
EOS Worldwide – Jeff Jackson
EOS Worldwide – Ken Bogard
EOS Worldwide – Scott Patchin
Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante
Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar – Belmont
Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar – Greenville
Fountain View of Coopersville
Fountain View of Lowell
Georgetown and Cambridge Manors
Haworth Hotel
Home2 Suites West Bloomfield
Kenowa Hills High School
Kenowa Hills Middle School
Lee Industrial Contracting – Pontiac
Members First Credit Union – Wackerly Branch
Residence Inn Holland
SpringHill Suites Grand Rapids Airport
The Hampton Inn and Suites Grand Rapids – Airport
The Holiday Inn Grand Haven and Spring Lake
Yorkshire and Stonebridge Manors


Member Anniversaries

120+ Years as a Member

Ball Park Floral & Gifts

70+ Years as a Member

Ferris State University-GR
West Michigan Tourist Association
Proos Manufacturing Inc.

60+ Years as a Member

Brann’s Corporate Offices

40+ Years as a Member

NPF Investment Advisors
Dan Vos Construction Co. Inc.
Seaman’s Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Inc.
Berends Hendricks Stuit Insurance Agency Inc.
Blue Care Network of Michigan
DeWys Metal Solutions
Plante Moran, PLLC
Reliance Community Care Partners
WGVU Public Media
Keller Ford

30+ Years as a Member

The Campbell Group
Forest View Psychiatric Hospital
H & H Management & Development
Lake Michigan Insurance Agency
O’Grady Orthodontics
Youngblood Automation, LLC
Algoma Products, Inc.
CU*Answers
Doyle & Ogden, Insurance Advisors
Law Enforcement Supply, Inc.
Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown
Flex Administrators, Inc.

20+ Years as a Member

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Office Depot – Walker
New York Life Insurance Co.
GYMCO, Inc.
BASIC Payroll Plus
Major Pipeline, LLC
MOKA
SpringHill Suites Grand Rapids North
Thum Insurance Agency, LLC
CWD Real Estate Investment
Hughes Management, LLC
Parker Excavating Gravel & Recycle, Inc.
Colliers International
First Community Bank
Kent County Board of Commissioners/Administrator
Rockford Construction
Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids
Alternative Pathways, Inc.
Gerald R. Ford Museum
Andrews Hooper Pavlik PLC
Mike & Johnny Brann’s Sizzling Steaks and Sports Grille
Broadmoor Products Inc.
Council for Educational Travel USA (CETUSA)
Service Express, Inc.

15+ Years as a Member

Kuyper College
Coopersville Area Chamber of Commerce
Gilmore Inc.
Bernie Fogg Solutions
Covenant Developments
Pondera Advisors LLC
State Spring Service
Action Plumbing & Mechanical
David’s House Ministries
The Design Forum Inc.
Gazelle Sports
Alger Pediatrics, PC
Centric Laboratories
R.E.D. Stamp Inc.
West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Amerikam
Lakeshore 504
Cascade Charter Township
Matthysse, Kuiper, DeGraaf Funeral Directors
Aggressive Tool & Die, Inc.
Langerak Roof Systems
Specialty Tool & Mold, Inc.

10+ Years as a Member

Keil Lasik Vision Center
Tabletting Inc.
Adhezion, Inc.
Compass Insurance Agency
Schnelker, Rassi & McConnell, PLC
GMB Architecture & Engineering
J & H Oil
Talent 2025
Creative Studio Promotions
El Granjero Mexican Grill
Harbor House Ministries
Jim Roberts Enterprises LLC
Michigan Legislative Consultants
Pleune Service Company
Southwest Michigan First
Accurate Saw Coring, LLC
Xtend Inc.
Kitchen 67 Brann’s Cafe
Meritage Hospitality Group
Stan’s Tacos
Twisted Rooster

5+ Years as a Member

Gourmet International, LTD
Olvera Enterprises
Supermercado Mexico
Courtyard by Marriott – Airport
Kelley Cawthorne
Butterball Farms, Inc.
Hampton Inn & Suites Grand Rapids Downtown
Kathleen M. Eisin, DDS, MS – Periodontics & Implant Dentistry
AHP Financial Services, Inc.
Brilar
City Made Clean
Commercial Alliance of REALTORS
Herb & Fire Pizzeria
JLL
KCAD – Kendall College of Art & Design
Red Line Security
Switch
Uccello’s Ristorante – Caledonia
Uccello’s Ristorante – Grand Rapids
Uccello’s Ristorante – Grandville
Uccello’s Ristorante – Rockford
Uccello’s Ristorante – Standale
Big E’s Sports Grill
Campaign Resource Group
Flirt Fitness
Flirt Fitness – BC
Flirt Fitness – MK
The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck
MOSS
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
US Army
Wendy’s – Cutlerville
Acrisure
Founders Brewing Company
Full Circle Care
Blue35
John & Sons, Inc.
Rest Haven Homes Inc
Vista Springs
Atwater Brewery
Commerce Bank
EMS Grand Rapids
Marvin Law Office, PC
Michigan State Credit Union- Monroe Center
Michigan State University Federal Credit Union
Perspective 3D
Ritsema Associates

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