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 in the community.  The awards presented are:  The GROW Leadership Award, Business of the Year Award and The Lee Ann Moss Service Award.

“Women-owned businesses drive economic growth and create jobs, on both a national and local level,” said Bonnie Nawara, CEO of GROW, “That is what we are here to celebrate, the direct benefit women-owned businesses have on Grand Rapids.”

There are over 9.1 million women-owned businesses in the United States, generating over $1.4 trillion in revenues and employing nearly 7.9 million people. Locally, GROW has helped over 500 women start their entrepreneurial journey in the last year alone.

“Each award recognizes an outstanding woman who has had a positive impact on the community, has been actively involved in furthering the mission of GROW, and exhibits a thriving track record of business excellence.” Said Rachel Erkel, Chair of Seeds of GROWth.

The winners of the 26th Annual Seeds of GROWth Award Winners are:

  • The GROW Leadership Award: Latesha A. Lipscomb, JD. Lipscomb is the founder of I Got Face Cosmetic Concierge, the director of Women Who Wine series which brings working women together to befit women in transition and the creativity behind POSH Innovative Event Management. Her day job as Housing Advocate at Inner City Christian Federation puts her front and center leading and advocating for the community.
  • Business of the Year Award: Gricelda Mata. Mata is the owner of Lindo Mexico Restaurant in Wyoming, a family owned business that is celebrating fifteen years of operation this year with continued growth, as well as community impact, each and every year.
  • The Lee Ann Moss Service Award: Jennifer Deamud. Deamud is Associate State Director of the Small Business Development Center. She has centered her efforts for Veteran initiatives, supporting accomplishments of women, and is passionate about giving to those who need support. Her work, community involvement and support of GROW are the epitome of this award.

Read full winner bios and see their videos here.

View the full list of nominees,