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Everything you need to launch and grow your business in West Michigan

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Get Funded

Our business development officers walk alongside you as you prepare to take on a loan to start or grow your business. Our loans are designed to meet your unique circumstances and get your business on the road to success.

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Gain Skills

Our business training combines the latest in technical assistance programming with timely webinars to help you build a strong foundation of business basics while equipping you to meet challenges as they come.

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Grow Your Business

GROW offers opportunities for established business owners to share expertise with one another. We also offer unique peer-to-peer networking opportunities.

From Our Clients

CMS Consulting, Consuelo Maxim-Sparrow

Consuelo Maxim-Sparrow, owner of CMS Consulting

"I thought my business was done. It was so nice to talk to an actual human that cared. They were friendly, helpful and quick when I needed it. Without GROW, I wouldn't have survived."

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Robert Gillum, owner of Bobby's Fusion Grill

"GROW offered my help every step of the way. It's such a great place to learn. I committed, I didn't quit and I did what they told me. I opened two businesses in about a year."

Pampered Auto, Web

Vanessa Davis, co-owner of Pampered Auto

"We are so grateful to GROW for the funding and support. They helped us to pivot and think outside of the box. GROW gave me hope."

OUR MISSION

To create a more empowered and equitable West Michigan through opportunities for small business ownership.

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Let’s Talk Business: Business Financials

Introducing a new series from the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce and Greater Muskegon Economic Development to help empower and educate local business leaders. Let’s Talk Business will cover a range of topics to help small businesses and entrepreneurs get the tools they need to become successful and effective business leaders. The first series will…

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Leadership Coaching Principles for Developing Reports

Join us in welcoming Lorraine Medici, Director of Training and Development as she shares about coaching mindset benefits! Please note: this is a virtual class and a Zoom link will be sent to you by 11:00 AM the day of the event. In today’s world, the strongest and most effective leaders know they have the…

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Grow North: Make Your Home Based Business Flourish

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Creative Marketing on a Shoestring Budget

Need ways to market your business when money is tight? These days, especially if you are a smaller business or solopreneur, you and your customers may have fewer resources on hand to spend on marketing.  There are resources out there to help you implement your marketing goals at minimal cost.  This webinar aims to share these…

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Culinary Conversations Workshop: Branding Your Food Business

What does my logo convey? Does my social media tie in with my website? How do I go from good to great branding? If these are questions you find yourself asking, then join us for our second event of the Culinary Conversations: Workshop Series! Hear Bobby Claeys’ insight as both a branding expert and as…

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Money $ense Boot Camp Part 2: Understanding Your Financials

Please join us for an informative and interactive session to learn how to better understand your business financials! Please note: this is a virtual event and a Zoom link will be sent to you by 12:00 PM on the day of the event. Join us for this multi-part series in partnership with Comerica Bank. Michael…

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Panel Discussion: Navigating These Uncertain Times

Challenged by 2020 and its changing business landscape? Ready to be inspired by success stories of small businesses that thrived during that time? This webinar is what you need!  Every year you set goals, like getting more customers, making more money, expanding your reach. Then extraordinary circumstances upend your best laid plans. Suddenly it looks as…

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Money $ense Boot Camp Part 3: Navigating Small Business Financing

Please join us for the final session of learning how to better understand your business financials! Please note: this is a virtual event and a Zoom link will be sent to you by 12:00 PM on the day of the event. Join us for the final session of the multi-part series in partnership with Comerica…

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Successful Small Business Pricing Strategies

Entrepreneurs and small businesses, Hard to find “just the right price” for your product or service? This webinar will teach you multiple strategic pricing formats and structures that encourage trial, buying-up and premium justification for your product or service. You can encourage customer behavior that’s better for your bottom line! The session will prepare you to…

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Interactive Workshop: Marketing 101

Register today for an interactive session with Yelena Wells, Vice President of Business Development at Elite One Media Please note: this is a virtual class and a Zoom link will be sent to you by 2:00 PM the day of the event. Join us for an interactive evening from 6:00-9:00 PM where we discuss all…

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Christina VanDam on being a business owner and a mother

Christina VanDam on being a business owner and a mother Christina VanDam is a the owner of Zeal Aerial Fitness and a…

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Leadership Coaching

Q&A: Lorraine Medici on Coaching Leadership

What does it mean to be a coaching leader? It is critical for leaders to be a coach, and that is the…

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Business Partners Alita Kelly and Khara DeWit Discuss Motherhood

Business Partners Alita Kelly and Khara DeWit Discuss Motherhood Alita Kelly and Khara DeWit are the co-founders of South East Market, a…

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