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    Start Here -- Business Advocacy

    The Grand Rapids Economic Development Office is your liaison with City services and a clearinghouse for information and assistance. For business advocacy services, contact the City's Economic Development Office at (616) 456-3431.

    Opening a New Business

    There are a number of business resources that can assist you in opening a new business.  Contact the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce at (616) 771-0303 or visit their website at www.grandrapids.org/communityprograms/business-resources.htm.

    Obtaining Business Licenses

    Contact the Licensing Coordinator at the Grand Rapids City Clerk's office. Call (616) 456-3017.

    Registering a Business Name

    To register a business name contact the Kent County Clerk's Office (616) 336-3550.

    For Business Advice

    Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce Business Assistance Program provides low- or no-cost advice to small businesses. To learn more go to www.grandrapids.org or call 616 771-0320.

    The Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center offers information and advice, and can help you develop a business plan. Call (616) 331-7370.

    Financing, Tax, and Incentive Programs

    Looking for financing? Interested in tax incentives? In the market for a low-interest loan? Call the Grand Rapids Economic Development Office at (616) 456-3431.

    Also, the Economic Development Foundation-Certified helps small businesses access capital.  Contact the EDF at (616) 459-4825 or visit www.growmichigan.com.

    Relocating your Manufacturing Business

    Considering locating or relocating your manufacturing in Grand Rapids? The Right Place, Inc. has programs and incentives specifically for manufacturers. Call (616) 771-0325 or visit www.rightplace.org.

    Interested in Renaissance Zones?

    The State of Michigan has designated over 800 properties within ten areas of Grand Rapids as tax-free. For information, contact The Grand Rapids Economic Development Office at (616) 456-3431.

    Interested in Brownfield sites?

    It's now easier to remediate contaminated property. For information, call the City of Grand Rapids Economic Development Office at (616) 456-3431.

    Interested in SmartZones?

    Grand Rapids is home to one of only 11 SmartZones located throughout the state. For information, contact the City of Grand Rapids Economic Development Office at (616) 456-3431.

    For information on the West Michigan Science & Technology Initiative, visit www.wmsti.org.

    Building and Renovating

    Need a building permit? Have a zoning or site review questions? Need a site plan review? Questions about signage requirements? Call the City of Grand Rapids Development Center at (616) 456-4100.

    Restoring or Renovating a Historic Building?

    If your building is in one of the City's historic areas, you need approval prior to changing or improving its exterior appearance. Call the City Zoning Office at (616) 456-3159.

    Neighborhood Business Assistance

    Neighborhood Ventures can help find a location in a neighborhood business area. They can help neighborhood districts and businesses with variety of issues: parking, business training, marketing, building renovations, zoning and planning issues. Call (616) 301-3929.

    West Michigan Small Business Resource Guide (PDF)

    Guide offers additional resource information for small businesses in West Michigan.