Everyone Wins

By Jamiel Robinson

Can everyone win socioeconomically in Grand Rapids?  If we were to base our answers off of the current data the answer would unequivocally be NO! Grand Rapids currently ranks 51 out of 52 as worst cities economically for Blacks
( Also, nearly 45% of Black residents in Grand Rapids live in poverty. The lack of Black businesses specifically second-stage Black businesses can be attributed to the current state of the Black community and economy in Grand Rapids. Unlike startups, second-stage businesses are no longer concerned about survival. And in contrast to small businesses and lifestyle entrepreneurs, second-stage businesses are significant job creators. So, how can Black businesses win and grow into second-stage businesses in a competitive environment?

Competition and competitiveness is an essential element in business. Competition drives businesses… Continue reading


8 Steal-Worthy Secrets of Power Networkers

By Molly Triffin
This post originally appeared on LearnVest.

You’ve no doubt heard it a million times: Career advancement is as much about who you know as what you know—and that’s exactly why being a powerful networker is so important.

But mastering this crucial skill requires more than just schmoozing over cheese platters and exchanging business cards. There’s actually an art to it.

“Since there are so many different platforms for people to market themselves these days, you have to find ways to cut through the white noise and get noticed,” says Ivan Misner, Ph.D., author of “Networking Like a Pro.”

When done skillfully, networking can not only open the door to plum job opportunities but it can also help land new clients and tap talent for future hiring. And what better way to learn the ins and outs of such skillful networking than to go straight to power networking pros for their tips on how to land on someone’s radar—and stay there.

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G.R.A.B.B. News, Events & Updates

Prepare for the Launch of the GRABB Market

What is the GRABB Market? The GRABB Market is the only online marketplace platform designed & created for Black businesses in the Metro Grand Rapids area as well as the West Michigan region. The GRABB Market will assists members of GRABB with gaining exposure and building their customer base by creating a centralized place for customers seeking to locate and purchase products from Black businesses. GRABB Market will be rolled out in March 2015.

Endless Opportunities Presents – Evening of Excellence

Come share this moment with Endless Opportunities as they celebrate their 2014 achievements, the initiation of “The Educated Male Support Network” mentoring program for young males of color, and also their 2015 vision. This event will be a vibrant evening filled with jazz music, spoken word, and great networking opportunities.

Date: February 26 2015
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Location: The Lafontesee Art Gallery (833 Lake Dr SE Grand Rapids, MI)
Cost: Free Please register for proper event accommodations

Strong Neighborhoods, Strong City Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit 2015

This summit will serve as the kick-off to important discussions and ideas about how to strengthen neighborhoods. The day-long event has been designed to provide attendees with the flexibility to attend different breakout workshops as well as attending the keynote and lunch speakers. Those in attendance will also have the opportunity to cast their votes throughout the day to identify the top priorities to strengthen neighborhoods. We invite you to attend to help us identify our priorities.

Date: March 13 2015
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Grand Rapids Public School University – 1400 Fuller Avenue NE

Learn more here

Emerge West MI Presents – Make It or Break It

West Michigan is launching something MEGA for startups. Join Emerge’s flagship event Make It or Break It an interactive matrix of entrepreneurs and support organizations that will help you navigate the path to develop or reinforce your business.

We’ll host three breakout sessions while you navigate the support organizations, thickening the conversation on how startups can spark and grow with limited resources.

Who Should Come?
Entrepreneurs, Startups, Community Members, Makers, Hackers, Hustlers, Collaborators, Doers, Thinkers, Artists, Poets, Minglers, Lurkers, Networkers, NGOers, You, Me, Movers, Shakers, Network Minded Individuals, Drinkers, Eaters, Listeners, Questioners.

So Come…
Chill, eat, drink, talk, ask questions – that’s all there is to it – fun and free.

Cost: Free
Register Here
Basai Nation Special Screening of Hidden Colors 2
Basai Basai Nation is sponsoring the screening of Hidden Colors 2, directed by Tariq Nasheed. Hidden Colors 2 is the follow up to the critically acclaimed 2011 documentary about the untold history of people of African and aboriginal descent. This installment of Hidden Colors goes into topics such as: .The global African presence * The science of melanin * The truth about the prison industrial complex * How thriving black economic communities were undermined in America * The hidden truth about Native Americans * And much more
Date: February 28 2015
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Location: Baxter Community Center – 935 Baxter SE Grand Rapids, Michigan
Cost: Free and Open to the public.
Link to Facebook event


Suggested Reading for February

By Todd E. Robinson

A City Within a City: The Black Freedom Struggle in Grand Rapids, Michigan
“A City within a City” examines the civil rights movement in the North by concentrating on the struggles for equality in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Historian Todd Robinson studies the issues surrounding school integration and bureaucratic reforms as well as the role of black youth activism to detail the diversity of black resistance. He focuses on respectability within the African American community as a way of understanding how the movement was formed and held together. And he elucidates the oppositional role of northern conservatives regarding racial progress.

“A City within a City” cogently argues that the post-war political reform championed by local Republicans transformed the city’s racial geography, creating a racialized city within a city, featuring a system of managerial racism designed to keep blacks in declining inner-city areas. As Robinson indicates, this bold, provocative framework for understanding race relations in Grand Rapids has broader implications for illuminating the twentieth-century African American urban experience in secondary cities.


Get Listed/Become A Member & Be Discovered! 
Help potential customers find your business by joining GRABB as a Business Member. Purchase your Business Membership that includes get listed in our directory for one full calendar year.
Link to Join! your business in 4 steps:
1. Create your user account
2. Pay your yearly business membership that includes your business profile $75 via PayPal (Launch Special $52/$1 per week)
3. Complete your business profile and submit
4. Once reviewed and payment processed you will receive a confirmation with link to your business profile and account access information

Membership Benefits

  • Business/Organization listed in our frequently visited and used business directory
  • GRABB member media kit with branding and promotion materials
  • Member pricing on GRABB & Go development series and Business Showcase fees
  • Take advantage of business networking opportunities
  • Increased SEO
  • Member discount on advertising space on GRABB website
  • Increased business visibility and awareness