January GRABB & Go Meeting gives entrepreneurs tax information

Topic: Taxes and Business Structures

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Mike Hawkins – CEO of Hawkins & Company CPA Ciarra C. Adkins, JD – Founder of AQUME Law, PLLC

GRABB & Go Meetings were created to provide Black entrepreneurs with the latest information about current events, resources, best practices and strategies on everything from product development, sales and selling, marketing, funding and finances.

Mid-Michigan MLK Day televised event features Dr. Bernice King

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The signature event of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Mid-Michigan will provide inspiration as the nation heads into 2021 with hope for continued advancement in racial equality, says Elaine Hardy, commission chair. It will air Monday, Jan. 18, 7-8 p.m. EST on WILX TV 10-NBC.

Dr. Bernice King, the youngest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, is the featured guest for the 2021 MLK Day of Celebration. The theme of the event is “Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.” It is an MLK quote from his “I have a dream” speech that the commission selected because it inspires perseverance.

“We’re looking forward to sharing our message of equality, diversity and social justice with a wide Mid-Michigan audience,” Hardy said. “We have taken great care to retain the quality of this annual event, now in its 36th year, and have benefited from the personal nature of television in featuring Dr. King in an interview situation.”

Due to the pandemic, the live, in-person annual event, usually two to three hours in length and held before 2,000-plus attendees, has been transformed for television.

Dr. Bernice King

Elements of the televised program are:

  • A conversation between Bernice King and Hardy, in which King explains her connection with Mid-Michigan and how she and her family would like to see the world celebrate MLK Day.
  • Performances by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Orchestra and Michigan violinist Rodney Page.
  • Messages from elected officials, including Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, and Rep. Elissa Slotkin.
  • Special announcements from the commission and its sponsors

Having a virtual format provided the opportunity to feature Bernice King. She had been unable to participate previously because of traditional obligations with The King Center, of which she is CEO, in Atlanta on MLK Day.

The commission’s MLK Day of Celebration is a tribute to the inspiring civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King. More information is at or follow the commission on Facebook, @MLKCommOfMidMI.

GRABB sponsors District 2012 Digital Market

Are you ready to Shop? Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses (GRABB) is excited to announce the District 2012 Digital Market.! Now you can shop local from the comfort of your home or office. Join them for a live shopping event featuring a variety of Black businesses.

2020 has had a huge negative impact of Black businesses. It’s been reported that 40% of Black businesses nationally have closed due to the economic downturn caused by Covid-19. This is an opportunity for our community to support and patronize Black businesses safely while also promoting economic equity.

District 2012 Digital Market will feature an exciting and diverse range of local Black businesses from artisan candles and soap, to fresh baked goods, apparel, handmade wares and much more.

This is a Digital Market with Live Video vendor booths where business owners and shoppers can interact through video and/or chat to being a personal feel to virtual shopping.
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Virtual Vendors Including:

  • Basic Bee – a full-fledged store stocked with multiple brands you can’t find anywhere else in West Michigan.
  • Hustle Pray Eat – A quality clothing brand that encourages Working Hard and Keeping God First.
  • Let’s Float – A holistic goods brand, made from completely natural ingredients.
  • IZB Naturals – A beauty skin care line increasing the awareness of living a natural lifestyle.
  • Pixie Kidz Kloset – A mobile children’s boutique located in West Michigan featuring apparel and accessories for kids everywhere.
  • Wicks Candles & Co. – Setting moods through uniquely labeled candles.
  • Nature’s Drizzle – We provide staple products that can be used on the entire family for healthy hair and skin.
  • South East Market – Grocery store and food hub.
  • Five14 Candles – A handmade soy candle company that provides strong fragrances that you love with inspirational designs
  • Mel Styles – A men’s shop for well-tailored, affordable custom fitted suits.
  • Your Pretty Pennies – a Financial Success Coach and Lifestyle Designer who created The Ultimate Financial Planner.

2020’s virtual #TheShift Summit takes place Saturday

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Hosted by the Grand Rapids Area Black Business (GRABB).

This one-day experience dedicated to empowering Black entrepreneurs and communities, #TheShift Summit has gone virtual this year with the theme, Progressively Black. This annual gathering connects, engages and informs Black entrepreneurs, creatives small business owners, professionals and stakeholders about opportunities, resources and programs in the entrepreneurial ecosystem that will foster to economic empowerment and equity.

#TheShift Summit attendees will enjoy a day filled with panel discussions, workshops and networking with entrepreneurs, influencers, doers, creatives and other social, public and private leaders.

Featured speaker Lynn Smith is an entrepreneur and the creator of Buy The Block, one of only Black-owned crowd-investing platform that is helping Black communities build wealth while determining the direction of development in their communities.

Lynn has invested in real estate since she was 21, and experienced firsthand how difficult it can be for small investors to get financing. She also saw how the North Miami neighborhood where she grew up was radically altered by development, without any input from residents. Those experiences led her to found Buy The Block.

Smith is motivated by the power that crowd-investing has to engage people and give them a sense of agency. “It’s really helps to get the community involved and show them they can be part of an action that’s being taken in their community and get the benefits and rewards,” she says.

Learn More Here – Buy The Block

Featured speaker, Andre M. Perry, is a fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, a scholar-in-residence at American University, and a columnist for the Hechinger Report. He is the author of the new book Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities, which is currently available wherever books are sold.

A nationally known and respected commentator on race, structural inequality, and education, Perry is a regular contributor to MSNBC and has been published by The New York Times, The Nation, The Washington Post, and Perry has also made appearances on CNN, PBS, National Public Radio, NBC, and ABC. His research focuses on race and structural inequality, education, and economic inclusion. Perry’s recent scholarship at Brookings has analyzed Black-majority cities and institutions in America, focusing on valuable assets worthy of increased investment.

His research has spotlighted the struggles of Black businesses—including artists and art institutions, restaurants, and barbershops and beauty salons—as they await federal relief from COVID-19’s economic impact.

Learn More Here – Know Your Price