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The Right Place launches Diverse Business Directory for Greater Grand Rapids
A filterable online directory of minority, women, veteran and LGBTQ+ owned businesses operating in the 13-county region.
Local entrepreneurs selected as finalists for third annual Pitch North competition
Five local entrepreneurs have been chosen to pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges during the third annual Pitch North competition. Pitch North is Newaygo County’s first-of-its-kind entrepreneurial pitching competition where entrepreneurs living in Newaygo, Oceana and Lake Counties are able to pitch their ideas for a chance at one of five cash prizes.
Gov. Whitmer lifts mask requirement for fully vaccinated Michiganders
Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is updating the Gatherings and Mask Order to align with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest guidance on face coverings. The new order will effect on Saturday, May 15 at 9AM
Virtual professional development conference for West Michigan interns
Now in its 8th year, West Michigan Intern Connect represents the largest gathering of regional interns. The event, hosted by Hello West Michigan, is a professional development conference focused on developing the skills of young professionals, regardless of industry.
West Michigan Dataconomy: Unemployment in a Pandemic
While the long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic remain largely unknown, current data shows a mixed-bag of effects on the West Michigan labor market.
Global life sciences innovator investing $30M to establish headquarters along Grand Rapids’ famed Medical Mile
Global theranostics and radiopharmacy innovator Bold Advanced Medical Future Health (BAMF) will establish its headquarters within Grand Rapids’ Medical Mile. The company expects to add over 200 life science jobs and invest $30 million in its new facility, which is expected to contain the world’s most advanced cyclotron-equipped radiopharmacy, molecular imaging clinic and theranostics clinic.
Kent County Sustainable Business Park for a cleaner tomorrow
What if West Michigan could divert 90% of the trash we send to the landfill, while at the same time creating new jobs and driving economic growth?
Building an Inclusive West Michigan
In partnership with the Brookings Institution, The Right Place had the privilege of joining a cohort of cities across the country to participate in Brookings’ Inclusive Learning Lab to identify and explore the barriers that threaten to erode the competitiveness of our regional economy.
The Right Place, Inc. and its regional partners distribute nearly $5M in emergency grant funding
Today The Right Place, Inc., in collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and regional partners, announced that 426 small businesses have been awarded $4.98M in grant funding. These grants were awarded to eligible West Michigan small businesses who have been negatively impacted by the recent Michigan Department of Health and Human Services epidemic orders.
The Right Place 2021 Economic Outlook Recap
In December 2020, The Right Place hosted the 24th Annual Economic Outlook for West Michigan. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was hosted virtually for the first time since the series began.