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GROW introduces Kelli Smith to lead small business microlending program

GROW introduces Kelli Smith to lead small business microlending program Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women,  (GROW) a women-focused entrepreneurial support and training organization, has announced the addition of Kelli Smith as Business Development Officer. Her addition will allow GROW to expand the microlending programs as well as assisting small businesses obtain funding that can be […]

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Entrepreneurial Insider Recap – March

Entrepreneurial Insider Recap – March 24, 2017 Muskegon Business Resource Connect | Tuesday, April 25, 7:30am – 10am GROW is excited to work with the Muskegon Business Resource Team on their event Business Resource Connect. Created by the Michigan Economic Development Corp (MEDC) to promote all of the business services available within a community, Business […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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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2016 Board of Directors Announced

Announcing our 2016 Board of Directors Newly elected GROW Board of Members add focus of diversity and inclusion to our programs and communications efforts. Grand Rapids, Michigan — Local non-profit organization Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) has been West Michigan’s source for relevant training, tools, and techniques to entrepreneurs and small business owners since 1989. […]

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GROW Expands Team, Welcomes New COO

GROW Expands Team Welcomes New COO. GROW establishes two new positions and announces additional staff members amid organizational growth. GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.- GROW Grand Rapids, a women focused entrepreneurial support and training organization, announced the addition of a Chief Operating Officer, Volunteer Manager and Program Manager.  The additional staff will allow GROW to build capacity […]

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BNI Scholarship Opportunity

BNI Scholarship Contest A $400 Value to Increase Your Network & Referrals. The BNI (Business Network International) Pinnacle Chapter is looking to expand. And they’ve turned to GROW to offer a scholarship to one of our participants to join their group for FREE, for the first year. This is a $400 scholarship, but the value is unlimited […]

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GROW to Host International Fellow Through the End of 2015

  GROW to Host International Fellow Through the End of 2015 A four-month long fellowship will provide Selenia Rodríguez with knowledge and skills to empower Costa Rican businesswomen Grand Rapids, Mich.- Selenia Rodríguez, a community development professional with a major in Business from Costa Rica, has taken on a four month long international fellowship at […]

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2015 Seeds of GROWth Award Winners Announced

2015 Seeds of GROWth Award Winners Announced Our 26th Annual Awards Celebrates Michigan women business leaders who generate economic  opportunities for Grand Rapids community On October 13, GROW Grand Rapids hosted the 26th annual Seeds of Growth luncheon. Three award winners were announced for their achievements in their roles and work as women business leaders […]

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EMV, Smart Chips and Credit Card Security Changes for Small Businesses

  EMV, Smart Chips and Credit Card Security Changes. Credit cards: as businesses owners, especially retailers, we all take them and need to ensure security for our customers. Credit card fraud is a major concern. By the end of 2015 there will be an estimated $10 billion per year for the total costs of fraud […]

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Seeds of GROWth Award Nominees Announced

2015 Award Nominees These nominees will be present at our 2015 Luncheon event, and we will announce the winners then. If you see any of these women business owners, leaders and supporters, please congratulate them for their nomination, hard work and dedication. Leadership Award Nominees The GROW Leadership Award recognizes an outstanding community leader whose had […]

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IRS Virtual Presentation: New Business Owners – Avoid the Top Tax Mistakes

  IRS Virtual Presentation: New Business Owners – Avoid the Top Tax Mistakes Webinar on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 | 9:30 am – 10:30 am GROW is proud to provide many resources and connections entrepreneurs and small business owners throughout West Michigan. The Internal Revenue Service is reaching out to organizations like GROW to help […]

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