- 300 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, opens a new window
Provides information on doing business in Grand Rapids as well as information on tax abatements, business expansion, downtown development, and small business assistance.
- 333 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, opens a new window
Varnum law's statewide initiative design to provide $1 million in free legal services to Michigan-based startups and growing businesses. To be considered, clients are referred by business incubators, Smart Zones, angel investors, state agencies, universities, and entrepreneurial programs.
Offers assistance and counseling for existing and prospective Kent County entrepreneurs. Helps in navigating tax abatements, available industrial sites, technology and training resources, business planning, and general financing.
Training and Mentoring
- 250 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, opens a new window
ELEVATE is a Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce-hosted program designed to accelerate the growth and development of minority-owned businesses in West Michigan.
Spring GR is a training, mentoring, and networking program designed to help budding entrepreneurs in Grand Rapids turn their ideas into thriving businesses.
Nonprofit organization that provides support networks, training, confidence building, mentoring, and financial access (including a $1,000-$5,000 microloan program) to women in the business field.
- 111 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, opens a new window
Retired business people provide "starting your business" workshops and free business counseling.
- 37 Ottawa Ave, Suite 200 Grand Rapids
Offers mentoring, strategic advice, and network expansion. Provides advice on customer connection, management, and venture capital. Typically invests $250k-$1M in early stage companies.
Incubation and Co working Space
- 435 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, opens a new window
- 616-805-5308 ext. 206
Helps food entrepreneurs and startups by teaching new owners about the business of food. Aids with their development, growth, and collaboration. Sponsors a commercially-licensed kitchen space with equipment for food production, packaging, prepping, and catering.
- 77 Monroe Center St NW, Suite 600, Grand Rapids
A co-working hub, popular among local entrepreneurs for co-learning courses, startup weekends, and collaboration.
Focuses on assisting entrepreneurs going from "zero to positive cash flow." Oversees the Grand Rapids SmartZone co-working space and sponsors various platforms such as 5x5 Night, Seamless Accelerator, Collective Metrics, TechShop, and Collective Impact.