Published: February 24, 2017

WGVU Radio Entrepreneurial Insider Recap – February 24, 2017

WGVU Radio Entrepreneurial Insider Recap | February 24, 2017 The 4th Friday of every month we host our Entrepreneurial Insider segment on WGVU Radio with host Shelley Irwin (Photo left) and local entrepreneurs and the business leaders who support them.  This month we were joined by Veverly Austin, M.B.A., MA (center photo below) and our […]

Published: February 15, 2017

Announcing New Officers & Members of Our 2017 Board of Directors

Announcing New Members & Officers of our 2017 Board of Directors We are excited to announce three new board members for GROW. These are wonderful business and community leaders who will continue to guide the organization in empowering local entrepreneurs and business owners. Elly Barnette-Dawson, Director of Advancement, Grand Rapids Art Museum Dallas Lenear, Lead Consultant & Director […]

Published: February 02, 2017

Announcing Our First Spanish class: QuickBooks for Business

Announcing Our First Spanish class: QuickBooks for Business To be held February 22, 2017 | 6-9pm Grand Rapids, Michigan – Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) announced today the addition of a QuickBooks class to be taught in Spanish. The first session is February 22, 2017. The organization plans to continue adding additional Spanish programs […]

Published: October 19, 2016

Local Organization Revamps Training Programs for Todays Entrepreneurs

  GROW adds new year-long training program, EmpowerHER. We recently announced the redesign and introduction of updated training programs and business counseling as a result of the ever changing face of the West Michigan entrepreneur. EmpowerHER is one of the most significant additions, which is a cohort-based, year-long training program for women entrepreneurs who are […]

Published: October 05, 2016

2016 Seeds of Growth Winners

2016 Seeds of Growth Winners Our CEO Bonnie Nawara kicked off the 2016 Seeds of Growth Awards Luncheon & Fundraiser by welcoming attendees and explaining a little about what our organization does for Grand Rapids women business owners. The energetic and hilarious Judge Sara Smolenski – the afternoon’s emcee – took the stage next, jumping […]

Published: August 22, 2016

GROW Receives CDFI Designation to Further Support Economic Development

GROW Receives CDFI Designation to Further Support Economic Development   Grand Rapids, Michigan – Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) announced today the addition of a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) designation to their existing microloan program to provide financial services to meet the needs of economically disadvantaged individuals. In the past 4.5 years, GROW […]

Published: July 27, 2016

Client Success Story: Serena Allen, Forever Yours Bridal

Client Success Story: Serena Allen, Forever Yours Bridal Just like any new business owner, Serena Allen began her entrepreneurial journey by taking a risk. While teaching alternative education at Satterlee School in Greenville, Michigan, and going to school to pursue her master’s degree, Allen decided to pursue her dream of opening a bridal shop, filling […]

Published: July 12, 2016

Four Additional Members Join GROW’s Board of Directors

Four Additional Members Join GROW’s Board of Directors   Grand Rapids, Michigan — West Michigan non-profit organization, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW), has added four board members to its 2016 Board of Directors to further help budding entrepreneurs. The new members include:     The new members will aid in the organization’s growth and governance. […]

Published: July 05, 2016

WomenConnect Recap

WomenConnect Recap WomenConnect, an annual event held at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) last month, came about because GROW, Varnum LLP, and GRAM share a common vision of empowering women in our community and beyond. Each organization has its own events and programs developed to connect and empower women. Still, WomenConnect is a way […]

Published: April 27, 2016

GROW Collaboration Funds Local Business – Big John’s Pizza

Big John’s Pizza of Whitehall obtained funding thanks to a trio of organizations focused on small business microlending GROW is proud to be West Michigan’s source for relevant training, tools, and microloan programs for entrepreneurs and small business owners, since 1989. GROW was recently part of a trio of lenders who aided new owners of Big John’s […]

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