Our Mission - Empower Black entrepreneurs to launch, survive, sustain and scale their businesses while significantly expanding the overall entrepreneurial ecosystem and improving access to resources, markets and networks that are essential to entrepreneurship.

Our History

Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses (GRABB) was started in August 2012 as an initiative to build awareness and support for Black businesses in the Greater Grand Rapids area. July 2013, GRABB launched as an organization focused on promoting locally owned Black businesses and revitalizing neighborhoods through Black business development. Since then GRABB has evolved into a 501c3 economic and business development organization launching several programs and initiatives aimed at increasing economic equity and creating wealth through entrepreneurship for Black residents in the Greater Grand Rapids Area and beyond.

What is GRABB?

Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses (GRABB) is an institution that provides a platform that propels Black entrepreneurship forward to create wealth for our community through economic and business development.

GRABB works to foster an economy that creates prosperity and supports the revitalization of predominantly Black neighborhoods. GRABB works to expand opportunities for Black businesses in the Metro Grand Rapids area by assisting them with acquiring and leveraging Five forms of capital (Cultural, Human, Social, Intellectual and Financial) and creating awareness for Black businesses.

GRABB works closely with current and aspiring entrepreneurs to regardless of what stage or phase. Our goal is to enhance, and expand the Black business community in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 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. GRABB has been recognized as a leader in economic equity in West Michigan.


Connect Entrepreneurs to Resources & Opportunities

Empowering entrepreneurs is essential. We help by connecting them to vital resources and opportunities, including funding, mentorship, marketing support, business development workshops, and more. Our personalized approach ensures that entrepreneurs get the right support at every stage of their journey. Our work is to create a more equitable entrepreneurial ecosystem and help Black entrepreneurs make a positive impact in their communities.

Advocate for systems level change

As a dedicated organization, we wholeheartedly and passionately advocate for transformative systems-level change at multiple levels, including the local, state, and federal arenas. Our unwavering commitment lies in effecting positive shifts in the existing structures, which will significantly bolster resources, financial backing, and essential support networks for the empowerment and advancement of Black entrepreneurs and businesses.

Navigate the entrepreneurial ecosystem

We are dedicated to guiding entrepreneurs through the entrepreneurial ecosystem, ensuring access to technical assistance and capital. By actively engaging with Black entrepreneurs, we empower them to overcome challenges, seize opportunities, and thrive. Through comprehensive guidance and facilitation, we aim to equip entrepreneurs with the necessary tools and knowledge, enabling them to make informed decisions, secure essential funding, and ultimately thrive within the dynamic business landscape.

Assess Businesses To Understand Their Strengths and Capabilities

Our assessments are designed to provide a comprehensive picture of a business's operations, including its financial health, market position, and management capabilities. We work closely with business owners to identify areas of strength and potential areas for improvement, and then develop a customized support plan to help them achieve their goals. We conduct comprehensive business assessments to identify strengths and capabilities. This helps us provide targeted support services to drive growth and success.

Networking to bridge the divide disconnected entrepreneurs

Through purposeful networking initiatives, we aim to bridge divides and create a supportive ecosystem that welcomes diverse perspectives, leading to fresh insights and innovative collaborations. By nurturing meaningful relationships and facilitating knowledge exchange, we empower entrepreneurs to drive substantial business growth, unlocking their full potential and propelling them towards success.