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February 19, 2015

The most comprehensive day of empowering women for business results is Wednesday, February 25th. EntrepreneurYou is designed to teach women with a passion for entrepreneurship about the challenges and opportunities women encounter as they start and grow their businesses. Sessions are split into three categories so participants can learn about topics relevant to their business … Read more

Everyone Wins

February 18, 2015

  Everyone Wins By Jamiel Robinson Can everyone win socioeconomically in Grand Rapids?  If we were to base our answers off of the current data the answer would unequivocally be NO! Grand Rapids currently ranks 51 out of 52 as worst cities economically for Blacks ( Also, nearly 45% of Black residents in Grand Rapids … Read more

Leadership Skills for a Changing World

February 13, 2015

  Everything in business has changed dramatically in the last 50 years except one key thing – management. That’s why this year’s Leadership Institute theme is “Leadership Skills for a Changing World”.   We’ve entered into the “Coordination Era” which emphasizes mobilization, coordination, cooperation and collaboration. The problem is we are taking this mobile, agile workforce … Read more

GVSU Women’s Symposium, Coming Up March 13, 2015

February 5, 2015

Develop Your Entrepreneurial Mindset GVSU Women’s Symposium, Coming Up March 13, 2015 [row] [column lg=”6″ md=”12″ sm=”12″ xs=”12″ ] [/column] [column lg=”6″ md=”12″ sm=”12″ xs=”12″ ] Entrepreneurial efforts are in full affect in the city of Grand Rapids and more importantly, at Grand Valley State University. This educational conference, hosted by GVSU’s Richard M. and Helen … Read more

Entrepreneurial Insider – Financial Planning for Small Business

December 29, 2014

Financial Planning for Small Business Entrepreneurial Insider on WGVU Radio Listen in on the 4th Friday of each month to WGVU Public Radio with Shelley Irwin as we discuss the latest topics and trends that entrepreneurs should be aware of, along with local success stories.  Tune in! December 22, 2014 | Financial Planning for Small … Read more

Speakers Needed

December 29, 2014

We’re looking for speakers for the 2015 EntrepreneurYou Conference.  Download and Fill out the application for consideration. Deadline is 12/19/14

Chuck’s Auto Repair Plans Expansion

December 29, 2014

Chuck’s Auto Repair has been in business for 2 years since they obtained their Microloan from GROW in May 2012 after being denied by several banks and opened for business in July using the funds for start-up costs and working capital. They have been profitable each year since opening and now have plans to expand … Read more

Success Comes In Every Color – WGVU Radio

October 24, 2014

Entrepreneurial Insider with Shelley Irwin Listen to this informative segment from October 24, 2014  

Entrepreneurial Bootstrapping with WGVU Radio

September 26, 2014

Entrepreneurial Insider An informative segment via The Entrepreneurial Insider with Shelley Irwin on WGVU Radio. This month is about Entrepreneurial Bootstrapping with Mary Brown, Program Manager at GROW and special guest Feme Naigow of Apsara Spa.   [soundcloud url=”″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]

Thanks to Mayor Heartwell for promoting the Seeds of GROWth Conference & Luncheon!

September 10, 2014

Thanks to Mayor Heartwell for the shout out for Seeds of GROWth  Conference & Luncheon! Watch the video and learn more about Seeds of GROWth 2015, and how you can be a part of it. Post by Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW).

Entrepreneurial Insider – First Segment on WGVU Radio

August 22, 2014

Entrepreneurial Insider | First Segment 8-22-14 In August, we begin a new segment, “The Entrepreneurial Insider” with Shelley Irwin on WGVU Public Radio. OUr staff and participants will be sharing their practical advice every month on this special segment. In this segment, CEO of GROW, Bonnie Nawara, sets the scene for us. Listen now!

GROW Awarded Funding for Microlending Program for Muskegon County

June 4, 2014

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 … Read more