Call for BIPOC vendors

    Photo courtesy of Rende Progress Capital

    The community is invited to shop and support 100 BIPOC businesses in Grand Rapids on Thursday, May 18 at the “Colors of the Community” vendor pop-up, a semi-annual event hosted by Rende Progress Capital.

    The event was designed as a platform for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) who own businesses serving the greater Grand Rapids Area.

    “Our hope is to introduce the community to local businesses of color,” said John Hendershot, Business Development Director at RPC. “And encourage the community to be intentional about their purchasing power.” According to a Rende Progress Capital press release, it is the nation’s first racial equity not-for-profit loan fund for Excluded Entrepreneurs of Color.

    BIPOC Vendors are invited to share their stories and products. To participate as a vendor, visit RPC’s website for registration details.

    The event takes place at the Goei Center, 818 Butterworth St. SW, 4:30 – 8:30pm. Guests can expect live music, cash bar, food/ food trucks and a wide variety of products and services from local businesses and free parking.

    RPC’s November 2022 event included vendors such as Just Enjoy Bakery (see photo), Last Mile Café, Guelaguetza Designs and Hustle Eat Pray clothing line. 


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