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5 Basic (But Critical) Small Business Financial Tips

November 1, 2018

5 Basic (But Critical) Small Business Financial Tips 4th quarter really snuck up on us! With November here and the holiday season upon us, it’s time to really focus on where your business will end up financially at the end of the year.  Here we’ll discuss our best financial tips for small business owners. Plan … Read more

The Focus on Diversity: Resources, Organizations, and More!

September 25, 2018

The Focus on Diversity: Resources, Organizations, and More!   An incredibly diverse community, West Michigan is home to folks of all backgrounds. Here at GROW, we love that, and use it as a force of motivation to push us forward and ensure that we’re accessible for all entrepreneurs in our community. And as African American … Read more

September Entrepreneurial Insider

September 21, 2018

September Entrepreneurial Insider   This month Karen Benson, our business development officer based in the Muskegon Innovation Hub at GVSU, had a chance to sit down with Shelley Irwin at WGVU Radio to share a little bit more about our recent expansion, her role there and how we continue to expand to serve entrepreneurs on … Read more

Beginning With the End in Mind… The Importance of Having an Exit Strategy

September 20, 2018

Beginning With the End in Mind… The Importance of Having an Exit strategy   With the excitement of starting a new business, it’s easy to overlook the fact that one day, it may no longer fit into the current makings of your life. In fact, when someone brings up “exit strategy,” it’s normal to be … Read more

Dealing with Self Doubt, Feeling Like an Impostor, and Learning to Take Care of You

September 13, 2018

Dealing with Self Doubt, Feeling Like an Impostor, and Learning to Take Care of You   Being a woman in this world doesn’t come without its challenges. And those challenges need to be addressed. It’s our duty as women who champion other women, to talk about our struggles, and to remind one another that we’re … Read more

Nevertheless, She Persisted… Celebrating Women’s Equality Day

August 26, 2018

Nevertheless, She Persisted… Celebrating Women’s Equality Day   What is Women’s Equality Day? Today is Women’s Equality Day! But here at GROW, we don’t use only today as a reason to celebrate the successes of women. We focus each and every day on working toward providing women entrepreneurs with the tools they need to be … Read more

The Ins and Outs of Business Insurance

August 23, 2018

The Ins and Outs of Business Insurance Why do I need business insurance? Because you want to protect your investment. There’s always an element of chance involved with a new business venture, but business insurance can help minimize financial risks associated with unexpected events such as the death of a partner, an injured employee, an … Read more

GROW Adds Two New Staff Members to Serve Increasing Client Base

August 20, 2018

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) announces two new staff members to their growing team. Annie Trupke joins as Administrative Assistant, and Jill May joins as the new Director of Lending Programs. The addition of these two professionals will support GROW in their mission to serve women and men entrepreneurs throughout West Michigan, including the … Read more

Planning for a Healthy Business

August 10, 2018

Planning for a Healthy Business Earlier this year, GROW’s Business Development Officer, Mary Hartfield, led our GROW Connects class about planning for a healthy business by sharing 4 essential steps. No matter where you are in the development of your business, asking yourself (and answering!) these key questions will help ensure that you create and … Read more

Business Model Canvas, Explained

August 2, 2018

Business Model Canvas, Explained If you’ve ever attended one of our Start Smart classes, you’re probably familiar with the Business Model Canvas. It’s a tool that will help you thoughtfully plan out the next steps in your journey as an entrepreneur. At its core, this strategy is used to develop a new business model or … Read more

June Entrepreneurial Insider Recap

July 24, 2018

With everything that goes on in the lives of entrepreneurs, we know they are always looking for ways to streamline processes, eliminate stress, and work more effectively! For our June  Entrepreneurial Insider segment, we talked about some of the best apps out there for entrepreneurs.   Calendar: Accompany Mary suggests this particular calendar app because … Read more

May Entrepreneurial Insider Recap

July 12, 2018

May Entrepreneurial Insider Recap   May’s Entrepreneurial Insider segment is all about food! We’re thrilled to talk about our new partnership with Michigan Good Food Fund and the opportunity to provide lending to good food enterprises in Grand Rapids who are increasing access to healthy food in the community.   In cohorts with the Michigan Good Food Fund, we’re enlisting the help of … Read more