Entrepreneurial Blog

Entrepeneurial Insider Recap: Marketing & Your Business Value Proposition

Entrepeneurial Insider Recap: Marketing & Your Business Value Proposition This month’s segment for Entrepreneurial Insider included a great chat with Julie Lankes,   Principal – BoxBoom Creative. Julie is also one of our faciliators who helped update and develop the curriculumn for the Marketing Cluster of our Small Business Growth and Planning Series (GPS). She and […]

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5 Key Ways You Can Support Local Businesses

  5 Key Ways You Can Support Local Businesses   A big part of our mission is to empower and support women (and men) to start and build their business, provide them with resources to improve operations, finances and better market themselves. Since it is National Small Business Week, we’d like to share a few […]

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Can You Achieve Work/Life Balance as a Startup or Business Owner?

  Can You Achieve Work/Life Balance as a Startup or Business Owner?   April is National Stress Awareness Month, and while entrepreneurship and owning a small business can be very stressful, it certainly shouldn’t rule your life. You CAN take a vacation again, you CAN have free time, and you CAN be successful. You CAN […]

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Using Social Media to Launch & Promote Your (New) Business

  As if being an entrepreneur isn’t intimidating enough, bring on social media for your business. We know it can feel daunting when you first begin to use it because social media is so different when promoting your business than it is when talking to friends or family. Although you might feel overwhelmed at first, […]

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Top 5 Things You Need to Know When Starting a Business

5 Things You Need to Know When Starting a Business When you take that big step to start your own business, there can be a lot of unknowns. We want to help you understand some of the details that can help separate your personal and business assets, as well as set it up with the […]

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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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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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