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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

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. 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

  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  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.gov 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 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

Seeds of Growth Recap Photo of the GROW staff with LeAnne Moss. Photo Credit: Bird + Bird Studios   At this year’s Seeds of Growth Luncheon, we came together to honor our award winners, raise funds, and share in friendship and celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the organization. Seeds of Growth has become such a … Read more

                  We have exciting news, two of our GROW staff members are nominated for YNPN Awards! Amy Deel, Operations Manager, has been nominated for the “Innovator Award” Kelli Smith, Director of Lending, has been nominated for the “Dorothy A. Johnson Excellence and Achievement Award.” We’re proud of … Read more

 GROW Receives Award at West Michigan Hispanic Chamber Gala Each year, the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce holds an Awards Gala to recognize individuals and businesses who have exemplified success and commitment to community. The event also sheds a light on the enormous impact the Hispanic businesses have on the economy in the area. … Read more