Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids Business Signs

Grand Rapids is a city located in the southwest portion of the present-day U.S. state of Michigan.  Prior to meddling by those of European descent, this area had been inhabited by the Hopewell Culture for at least 2,000 years.  Following the Hopewell, the Ottawa and Potawatomi arrived in the area, although these two tribes fought over it.  The first permanent United States citizen of European descent to settle along the Grand Rapids River (which the city is named after) was Isaac McCoy, who was a Baptist minister.  The city of Grand Rapids, Michigan itself wouldn’t be founded until 1826.  Grand Rapids, Michigan would not be officially incorporated into a city until 1850, however.

According to a 2016 report by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan has a total population of 196,445 people.  This makes it the 2nd most populous city in the state of Michigan and the 122nd most populous city in the country.  According to that same estimate, the Grand Rapids, Michigan metropolitan area has a total population of 1,038,583 people.  This makes it the 52nd most populous metropolitan area in the entire United States of America.

Historically, Grand Rapids, Michigan has been known for its furniture manufacturing.  Even today, Grand Rapids is home to five of the world’s leading office furniture companies.  Predictably, Grand Rapids, Michigan has often been affectionately nicknamed ‘Furniture City.’  Despite its claim to furniture fame, though, Grand Rapids also has several other economic powerhouses these days.  Indeed, according to a 2017 report by Spectrum Health System, the largest employer in the area is Spectrum Health, responsible for 25,400 local jobs.

Elsewhere in Grand Rapids, Michigan is the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, where President Gerald Ford and his wife, Betty are buried.  (Grand Rapids, Michigan was President Ford’s hometown.)  Another major landmark located in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area is undoubtedly the Heritage Hill Historic District, which is considered a U.S. Historic District and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  In fact, the Heritage Hill Historic District is one of the largest urban historic districts in the United States.

As for sports, Grand Rapids, Michigan is positively teaming with franchises.  The West Michigan Whitecaps of Baseball’s Midwest League are minor league affiliates of MLB’s Detroit Tigers.  The Whitecaps play their home games at Fifth Third Ballpark.  They have six league titles to their name.  American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins, who play in Van Andel Arena, are an affiliate of NHL’s Detroit Red Wings.  The Griffins have two regular season titles and two Calder Cups to their name.  NBA G League’s Grand Rapids Drive, affiliated with NBA’s Detroit Pistons, play in DeltaPlex Arena.  National Premier Soccer League’s Grand Rapids FC (men) play at Houseman Field, while United Women’s Soccer’s Grand Rapids FC (women) play at Grandville High School.  Grand Rapids FC (women) were UWS Champions in 2017, their first year in operation.  Premier League of America’s Ole SC, who play at Lee Field, have no titles to their names.

Are you, by any chance, the lucky owner of a small business in and/or around the Grand Rapids, Michigan area?  Have you ever considered starting up such a venture?  If you have – try checking out some of the resources we have provided below:

Apply for a Business License in Grand Rapids, Michigan:

Michigan Small Business Development Center:

Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce:

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