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Bonnie Nawara, GROW CEO, Announces Retirement

December 21, 2020

Grand Rapids, MI — Following a decade of leading Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) CEO Bonnie Nawara announced her retirement at the end of this year. “These last 10 years have been a whirlwind, and it’s been an honor to lead the organization to a whole new level,” Nawara said. “GROW is now at … Read more

Small Business Grant Opportunities

December 15, 2020

Small Businesses Grant Opportunities As we move toward the end of the year, there are still grant opportunities for small businesses impact by COVID-19. If your business is struggling as a result of the pandemic, we encourage you to apply! LISC-Lowe’s – Rural Relief Small Business Grants Details: Grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 are available to businesses … Read more

SBAM Distributing $3 Million in Grants to Help Small Businesses Weather the Cold

November 17, 2020

The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) is providing federal CARES Act funds to help qualifying small businesses expand their capacity by adding weatherized, temporary outdoor facilities. Grants will be awarded to eligible businesses on a first-come, first-served basis with special consideration given to awarding at least 10 grants in each of Michigan’s … Read more

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GROW Receives $400,000 Federal Grant to Fund Small Business Development

October 8, 2020

GROW Receives $400,000 Federal Grant to Fund Small Business Development  Grand Rapids, MI — GROW received a $400,000 federal grant to increase its lending power in economically disadvantaged communities and fund small business development. The grant is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Financial-Award. In 2016, GROW received CDFI designation from the U.S. Department of Treasury’s CDFI … Read more

Comerica Bank Contributes $112,000 to GROW to Support West Michigan Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

September 16, 2020

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., Sept. 15, 2020 – Comerica Bank today announced a $112,000 contribution to Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) to aid west Michigan entrepreneurs and small businesses. Comerica and GROW also will continue to provide Comerica Business $ense Boot Camps with the next camp scheduled on Sept. 22. Comerica’s investment in GROW supports … Read more

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GROW Opens “ReStart Kent” Loan Program to Small Businesses

July 16, 2020

GROW Opens “ReStart Kent” Loan Program to Small Businesses. Now Accepting Loan Applications. This is a NEW, flexible loan product to support relief and reopening efforts of small businesses in Kent County.  We are thrilled to announce open applications for our “ReStart Kent” Loan. In partnership with the Small Business Administration, GROW has created this … Read more

An Open Letter to All Business Owners and Supporters

April 20, 2020

  Dear Business Owners & Supporters, We hear you. We see you. And, we feel it with you. The last few weeks and the immediate future have been a trying time for all of us. Our team has been and will continue working quickly to connect with current and past GROW loan clients, as well … Read more

Governor Whitmer announces SBA loans now available for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 

March 19, 2020

Governor Whitmer announces SBA loans now available for small businesses impacted by COVID-19  SBA Disaster Declaration requested by Whitmer Approved     LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced today the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved her request for a statewide Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) declaration, opening the opportunity to small businesses to … Read more

SBA Release for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 16, 2020 Press Release SBA To Provide Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) Up to $2 Million in Disaster Assistance Loans  

GROW’s Business Directory Promo

November 25, 2019

GROW’s Business Directory Promo A couple of years ago, we introduced GROW’s Business Directory; a list of local small businesses and entrepreneurs. Here in West Michigan, we are part of a vibrant entrepreneurial community where local businesses are constantly popping up, growing, and becoming shopper favorites. Our goal with our Business Directory is to continue … Read more