Entrepreneurial Blog

Creating Processes Will Improve Small Business Operations

Creating Processes Will Improve Small Business Operations Within your small business, there are going to be tedious tasks that have to be accomplished on a daily or weekly basis. You can make these repetitive tasks more process oriented, to give you more time to focus on other aspects of your company. When you’re the one […]

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Choosing Your Business Structure

Choosing Your Business Structure By Laurel Romanella, Vantage360 Facilitator, Small Business GPS: Business Basics Session 2 Starting a business is exciting.  Yet when you dig in to the details, your enthusiasm may turn to confusion.  Or you may feel overwhelmed by just figuring out what to do next.  Don’t let these feelings slow your momentum.  There […]

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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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How Do You Know It’s Time to Add Your First Employee? (Part 1)

How Do You Know It’s Time to Add Your First Employee? (Part 1) While growth can be incredibly exciting for you and your small business, there are several factors that come into play when considering to add to your first employee or not… you want to make sure that the increase in business is sustainable […]

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Budget Planning for Your Small Business

Budget Planning for Your Small Business Creating a budget for your small business is essential to the success of your organization. As a new or existing business owner, you’ll need to consider several things, for instance, what you need to begin, what you will need to set aside, and what to expect as your business […]

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Strategic Planning for Small Businesses

Strategic Planning for Small Businesses If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail. When starting or running your business, having a roadmap is very important to your future. We realize it may not always go according to your plan, still when you take the time to clarify where you want to go, and […]

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Don’t Go It Alone. The Importance of Business Mentors

Don’t Go It Alone. The Importance of Business Mentors It’s one thing to be a small business owner; to attack the challenges you face and continue to move forward with grace. It’s another to be able to do those things all the while knowing that someone’s in your corner. Finding mentors as small business owners […]

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Top 10 Reasons Your Small Business Should be Blogging

Top 10 Reasons Your Small Business Should be Blogging Everyone is talking about content marketing today, most of which is done through blogging. While it can sound very technical or intimidating to those getting started with their business, blogging doesn’t have to be. We’ve put together some great reasons why you should consider blogging. And, […]

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October Entrepreneurial Insider – E-commerce Businesses

Entrepreneurial Insider: E-commerce Businesses Every month, WGVU with Shelley Irwin hosts our Entrepreneurial Insider where we talk with local small business owners about important business topics and trends happening in the market place. You’ll also discover resources that GROW offers to those who want to start their own business, or are looking for tips to […]

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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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Jennifer Deamud, Moving Up, Making A Difference

Where Is She Now? Jennifer Deamud COO, Small Business Development Center When Jennifer was selected as Volunteer of the Year in 2015, she was the COO / associate state director for the Small Business Development Center. Since this time she was selected by the board of directors of the National Association of Small Business Development Centers […]

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Gricelda Mata, What a Year It’s Been!

Gricelda Mata & Lindo Mexico. What a Year! As President of Lindo Mexico Restaurant, our 2015 Seeds of Growth Business of The Year owner isn’t slowing down a bit. As we look forward to our 2016 Seeds of Growth Awards Luncheon and Fundraiser, we also want to take a look at what our 2015 award […]

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Latesha Lipscomb, What’s She Doing Now?

Latesha Lipscomb What’s She Doing Now? Our 2015 Seeds of Growth Leadership Award Winner shares what she’s been doing over the last year. If you haven’t met Latesha, it is probably because she hasn’t been still long enough for you to catch her. She’s had an incredibly full year since receiving the GROW Leadership Award […]

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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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Mastering Your Marketing

Mastering Your Marketing Our blog theme for the month of August is marketing. We know that many business owners struggle with how best to market their business — and how to find the time to devote to it. This week, Amy McCartney of Grand Rapids’ very own BOXBOOM offers some questions and advice to help business […]

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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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Small Business Tax Tips

Small Business Tax Tips While tax time may be behind you this year, here is some advice that may make next year a little bit easier: Collect your records. Create one place for all of your business records. While this may seem like a no brainer, something always seems to fall through the cracks during […]

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