ABOUT GRAND RAPIDS AREA BLACK BUSINESSES
Nearly 45% of the 40,000 Blacks in Grand Rapids live at or below poverty. Economic empowerment and entrepreneurial ventures are needed in black communities to increase the length of time dollars remain in the community as a way improve the quality of lives for those residing within them. This is why #TheShift must take place.
Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses (GRABB) is an Economic Development social enterprise. GRABB works to foster an economy that creates prosperity and supports the revitalization of predominantly Black neighborhoods. GRABB expands opportunities for Black businesses in the Metro Grand Rapids area by assisting them with acquiring three form of capital (Social, Intellectual and Financial) and creating awareness for Black businesses.
GRABB is empowering the Black business community that is leading to meaningful and beneficial economic growth and sustainability. GRABB works closely with current and aspiring entrepreneurs to regardless of what stage or phase they’re at. With the goal to enhance, and expand the Black business community. We believe that creating vibrant business districts anchored by Black businesses is vital in raising the quality of life for families in economically depressed predominantly Black neighborhoods in Metro Grand Rapids and beyond.
What We DO
Creating & Providing Spaces and Places—With a large portion of Black businesses in the Metro Grand Rapids Area being home based. They struggle to attract and interact with potential customers due to the loss of foot traffic by not being in a commercial/retail space. We provide exposure opportunities for entrepreneurs by hosting Pop-up Retail locations throughout the year
Education & Promotion—Providing current and aspiring Black entrepreneurs with the knowledge that will help them and their businesses grow, become sustainable and increase their longevity. Through our events, marketing and branding we are raising residents awareness of Black businesses and where they are located thus increasing their visibility and introducing them to a broader customer base.
Community Engagement—We present the Metro Grand Rapids community with opportunities to interact with GRABB and Black business owners through forums, events and social media while providing meaningful ways residents can contribute their skills and energy to making Grand Rapids business community more inclusive and equitable.
Capacity Building and Resource Development —Working directly with Black businesses to increase their ability to grow and become sustainable by facilitating workshop series that focuses on the personal development of the business owner as well as specific development areas as identified by our business assessment tool. Hosting business-to-business networking events that provides space and opportunity for the exchange of information, ideas and support. We streamline the process of finding, accessing and utilizing resources and capital.