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GROW Receives CDFI Designation to Further Support Economic Development

August 22, 2016

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 … Read more

Client Success Story: Serena Allen, Forever Yours Bridal

July 27, 2016

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 … Read more

Four Additional Members Join GROW’s Board of Directors

July 12, 2016

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:   [row] [column lg=”6″ md=”12″ sm=”12″ xs=”12″ ] Amy Lodenstein Director of Operations … Read more

WomenConnect Recap

July 5, 2016

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 … Read more

2016 Board of Directors Announced

February 3, 2016

Announcing our 2016 Board of Directors Newly elected GROW Board of Members add focus of diversity and inclusion to our programs and communications efforts. Grand Rapids, Michigan — Local non-profit organization Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) has been West Michigan’s source for relevant training, tools, and techniques to entrepreneurs and small business owners since 1989. … Read more

BNI Scholarship Opportunity

December 7, 2015

BNI Scholarship Contest A $400 Value to Increase Your Network & Referrals. The BNI (Business Network International) Pinnacle Chapter is looking to expand. And they’ve turned to GROW to offer a scholarship to one of our participants to join their group for FREE, for the first year. This is a $400 scholarship, but the value is unlimited … Read more

2015 Seeds of GROWth Award Winners Announced

October 14, 2015

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 … Read more

EMV, Smart Chips and Credit Card Security Changes for Small Businesses

October 2, 2015

  EMV, Smart Chips and Credit Card Security Changes. Credit cards: as businesses owners, especially retailers, we all take them and need to ensure security for our customers. Credit card fraud is a major concern. By the end of 2015 there will be an estimated $10 billion per year for the total costs of fraud … Read more

Seeds of GROWth Award Nominees Announced

September 28, 2015

2015 Award Nominees These nominees will be present at our 2015 Luncheon event, and we will announce the winners then. If you see any of these women business owners, leaders and supporters, please congratulate them for their nomination, hard work and dedication. Leadership Award Nominees The GROW Leadership Award recognizes an outstanding community leader whose had … Read more

IRS Virtual Presentation: New Business Owners – Avoid the Top Tax Mistakes

September 11, 2015

  IRS Virtual Presentation: New Business Owners – Avoid the Top Tax Mistakes Webinar on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 | 9:30 am – 10:30 am GROW is proud to provide many resources and connections entrepreneurs and small business owners throughout West Michigan. The Internal Revenue Service is reaching out to organizations like GROW to help … Read more