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.

What we do

Spaces and Places

A large portion of Black businesses in the Greater Grand Rapids Area are home and online based. Some of these businesses struggle to build and grow their customer base due to the loss of foot traffic from not being located in a physical commercial/retail district. We provide opportunities for entrepreneurs to meeting and attract potential customers through hosting Pop-up and seasonal markets throughout the year.

Capacity Building and Resource Development

Working directly with entrepreneurs and business owners 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.


Providing Black entrepreneurs with the knowledge that will help them and their businesses launch, survive, sustain and scale. We do this through the delivery of workshops and 1on1 meetings. This positions Black businesses to have to latest information and knowledge to make better decisions for their businesses.

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.