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Technical Assistance Tuesdays!

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Local First and fellow Entrepreneur Support Organizations (ESOs) have been contracted by the City of Grand Rapids to help disperse $1 million in grants to small businesses. The grants are available to businesses with fewer than 25 employees.

From now until the end of the year, we are here to help you through this process. These virtual touchpoints are designed to give you an overview of what’s needed to apply for the program before you start the process. We’ll give you an outline of what to have in front of you and how to move confidently through the application.

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This program is supported by Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)


The Small Business and Microenterprise Grant is available to businesses who:

  • Have a for-profit businesses model
  • With a brick and mortar space in Grand Rapids
  • And 25 or fewer employees

If this is your business, see how Local First can support you:

Technical Assistance Tuesdays

Join the Local First team via Zoom to walk through the Small Business and Microenterprise Grant application and any questions you may have on Tuesdays at either 9:00 a.m. or 4:00 p.m.

Schedule One-on-One Support

Find time on our calendars to get direct assistance with your application, creating your vendor profile with the City of Grand Rapids, etc.

Watch Application Tutorials

View in-depth tutorials created by Local First member business Social Bizz.