Grand Rapid’s Local Business Resources A – Z
Contact: 459-9196 or
Purpose: For advertising and marketing professionals. Activities include industry advocacy, social and community events and educational programs.
Contact: 954-9556 ext. 116 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Purpose: aimWest is a professional association supporting and promoting the growth of the interactive and technology industries throughout West Michigan.
American Marketing Association of West Michigan
Purpose: To provide solid, marketing-oriented programs, unique and fun networking events and introductions to key marketing professionals at some of the premier regional companies.
American Society of Women Accountants
Purpose: To help women in all accounting and related fields achieve their full potential and to contribute to the future development of their profession.
Associated Builders & Contractors, West Michigan Chapter
Purpose: An association of general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and associates who work together to improve the construction industry.
Association of Information Technology Professionals
Purpose: To facilitate awareness and effective use of information technology and provide members with leadership opportunities.
Association of Fundraising Professionals – West Michigan
Purpose: Advances philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice effective and ethical fund raising.
Avanti Law Group, PLLC
Contact: (616) 257-6807 or email@example.com
Provides: Innovative and cost-effective solution to your legal needs.
Bl2end: Business Leaders Linked to Encourage New Directions
Purpose: To foster an environment of growth and belonging where young professionals of color can connect with each other, develop professionally and contribute to the local community.
Business and Professional Women Michigan
Purpose: To support workforce development programs and policies that recognize the diverse needs of working women, communities and businesses.
Center for Community Leadership (formerly Leadership Grand Rapids)
Purpose: To develop and engage an effective, diverse network of community trustee leaders serving for the betterment of the entire community.
Economic Club of Grand Rapids
Contact: 454-1883 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Purpose: This association promotes interest and enlightens members on governmental, economic and social issues that affect the local economy.
Grand Rapids Association of Realtors
Contact: 940-8200 or 888-940-GRAR
Purpose: Advancement of the West Michigan real estate community.
Grand Rapids Bar Association
Purpose: A climate in which lawyers and judges work together to improve the delivery of legal services. The association has been the vehicle through which lawyers have worked to address challenges demanding flexibility and change.
Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) and AWE
Purpose: This nonprofit economic development organization provides women with opportunities to develop skills and acquire knowledge to become economically self-sufficient. GROW provides training and business support services to women who are starting or expanding businesses. AWE offers benefits and networking opportunities for existing women-owned businesses and professionals.
Grand Rapids Young Professionals
Purpose: Dedicated to providing young professionals with the opportunity to interact professionally and socially with each other through volunteer opportunities and leadership roles.
Grant Writer’s Roundtable
Contact: email@example.com or 331-6801
Purpose: This is an informal, monthly lunch group offering practical help and collegial support to attendees.
GRAPE – Grand Rapids Area Professionals for Excellence
Purpose: An informal, monthly gathering of business professionals to network with another and learn from one another.
Greater Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
Contact: 771-0300 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Purpose: Creating opportunities for West Michigan businesses to connect, grow and succeed.
Greater Grand Rapids Association for Human Resource Management
Purpose: To promote the growth and development of sound human resource practices in business and in the community.
Greater Grand Rapids Home Builders Association
Purpose: Networking opportunities, educational programs, insurance and group benefits, legal advice and more.
Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council
Contact: 234-3603 or email@example.com
Purpose: Dedicated to educating the community and celebrating the legacies of local women, preserving knowledge of their past and inspiring visions for their future.
Hello West Michigan
Purpose: Promote West Michigan as a place where business thrives and people want to live and work. Increase the rate of success member companies have in their efforts to recruit top talent. Collaborate with organizations across the region to help new residents find their fit in West Michigan.
Purpose: Provides networking opportunities for business women to connect, discuss civic and business issues and advance as leaders.
Interchange/Association for Professional Communicators
Purpose: Open to all interested in professional communication, the group addresses issues related to the communication field.
International Association of Administrative Professionals
Purpose: To promote excellence for administrative assistants, executive secretaries, office coordinators, information specialists and related administrative professionals.
LinkedUp Grand Rapids
Purpose: a professional networking group for people in the Grand Rapids and greater West Michigan area originally started on the social network LinkedIn.
Local First West Michigan
Purpose: Encourages the development of a vibrant, sustainable West Michigan economy by promoting local business ownership, social equity and environmental kinship through education, support and collaboration.
Contact: (616) 406-3000
Provides: A variety of innovative ways to manage your cash flow and grow your money.
Michigan Nurses Association
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-349-5640 or 888-MI-NURSE
Purpose: To provide educational opportunities and comprehensive services that advance professional and economic interests of registered nurses.
Michigan Small Business Development & Technology Center
Purpose: To provide services and support to the Michigan small business community in the areas of counsel, training, research and advocacy. Serves Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon Counties.
Michigan Women’s Foundation
Purpose: To promote economic self-sufficiency and personal wellbeing for women and girls, to maximize their contributions to society.
Multiracial Association of Professionals (MAP)
Purpose: Dedicated to making people of all races and ethnicities comfortable living in West Michigan. Hosts networking, cultural and educational events. Events and membership open to all.
NALS of West Michigan (National Association of Legal Secretaries)
Purpose: Enhancing the knowledge of its members through continuing legal education, certifications, resource materials, and networking opportunities at all levels in the organization.
National Association of Social Workers, NASW Michigan Chapter
www.socialworkers.org or www.nasw-michigan.org
Contact: 517-487-0675 or email@example.com
Purpose: To enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.
National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), GR Chapter
Purpose: To enhance the success of women in the construction industry.
Neighborhood Business Alliance
Purpose: NBA is an information and advocacy organization. The NBA meets quarterly to share best practices and advocate on issues effecting neighborhood businesses and districts.
Purpose: Neighborhood-based community and economic development organization that works to bring greater vitality and success into neighborhood business districts.
Option 1 Credit Union
Contact: 1-800- 323-2129
Provides: A contemporary range of financial services relevant to today’s economy. Option 1 Credit Union is a not-for-profit organization, owned and governed by members who are committed to cooperatively helping each other improve their financial well-being.
Rotary Club of Grand Rapids
Purpose: To provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
Contact: 771-0305 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Purpose: SCORE is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping small businesses begin from those which are someone’s dream; to those already in business which may have challenges.
Purpose: A $15,000,000 fund investing in two ideas a week at $5,000 each. Ideas can come from anywhere. Get started.
Purpose: Members learn to improve their communication and leadership skills by attending and participating in meetings. Various chapters located throughout Greater Grand Rapids.
The Right Place Inc.
Contact: 771-0325 or email@example.com
Purpose: To promote wealth creation and economic growth in the areas of quality employment, productivity and innovation in West Michigan.
Unstoppable Women’s Networking
Contact: Leah Grace, co-founder, 813-8601 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Purpose: To provide the opportunity for home-based entrepreneurs to experience the benefits of being included in a business community and be a catalyst for connections that lead to inspirations, motivations, growth and leadership.
The Urban League
Purpose: To enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity and power and civil rights.
West Michigan Public Relations Society of America (WMPRSA)
Purpose: To help public relations professionals develop the knowledge and skills needed for effective management of organizations.
Women In Development (WID)
Purpose: Meets at Wolfgang’s Restaurant on the last Thursday of the month from 7:45 to 9am for breakfast, networking and support. There are no dues, no rules and no obligation.
Women’s LifeStyle, Inc.
Contact (616) 458-2121 or email@example.com
Print publication and online platform for women to connect, learn, discover and be inspired. Advertising opportunities available.
Women’s Resource Center of Greater Grand Rapids
Purpose: A career development agency that serves women of all economic and social backgrounds. Services include comprehensive employment preparation and career development services, one-on-one career guidance, job leads, a resource library with information on many occupations, information and referrals to community resources and personal counseling.
Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Greater Grand Rapids
Purpose: Provides emerging nonprofit leaders under age 40 with opportunities for professional development, education, and networking, while promoting a dialogue among nonprofits in the Greater Grand Rapids region.
Purpose: A worldwide organization of executives in business and the professions working together to advance the status of women. Meets monthly.