Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) has received funding to launch a microloan program in Muskegon County. This funding can be used to assist those small businesses who are interested in starting a business or need to grow their business. GROW’s microloan program as well as its programs and services are for both women and men.

“Investing in small business and entrepreneurs is GROW’s mission and we’re pleased we are able to bring microloan funds to Muskegon County”, said Bonnie Nawara, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women CEO.

“We are very pleased to establish a partnership with the GROW program that will bring micro loan opportunities to the lakeshore region. By hosting bi-weekly visits of the GROW representative at MAREC we will hopefully expand the opportunities for entrepreneurs and small business start-ups to build their skills and connect with resources they need to achieve business growth and success. This is a great development that will benefit many in our MAREC network,” said T. Arnold (Arn) Boezaart, Director
Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center.

Starting June 4th and every other Wednesday, GROW will have a microloan representative housed at MAREC, 200 Viridian Drive, Muskegon, MI. Office hours will be held from 1-5pm and appointments should be made to discuss microloan opportunities. Small businesses interested in GROW’s Microloans can contact Bill Hahn at 616.458.3404.

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) is a service focused on women at various stages of business ownership. We are the entrepreneurial resource to help women take the next step, empowering and supporting them with professional expertise for a lifetime. GROW is one of only 110 certified Women Business Centers in the nation, and one of three in the State of Michigan, all in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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