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3 Ways to Shift Your Mindset for Success

June 29, 2018

  Your mindset effects every aspect of your life and is influential on your success. This is especially true when you are an entrepreneur. We’ve all heard “what you believe you can achieve” and we find that statement very powerful for the clients we work with every day. Here are three ways you can shift … Read more

GROW Volunteers Make All the Difference in the World

June 14, 2018

GROW Volunteers Make All the Difference in the World Are you ready for some fun facts? There are over 1 million women-owned businesses in the United States. These businesses generate over $1.4 trillion in revenues and employing nearly 7.9 million people. In 2017 alone, GROW helped start 68 new businesses locally, created 251 new jobs, … Read more

How to Create a Lasting Brand Identity

June 13, 2018

Let’s stop putting the cart before the horse. Small businesses tend to do that when it comes to brand building. In the rush of a product launch or the opening of their first brick and mortar store, they find a color palette that works for them, drum up a logo, and go with the catchy … Read more

Announcing Our New Lakeshore Area Business Development Officer

June 5, 2018

Announcing Our New Lakeshore Area Business Development Officer, Karen Benson [row] [column lg=”4″ md=”12″ sm=”12″ xs=”12″ ] [/column] [column lg=”8″ md=”12″ sm=”12″ xs=”12″ ] We are thrilled to announce the addition of Karen Benson as the Business Development Officer in the Lakeshore Area. Her addition is partly funded through grants and donations from The Grand … Read more

Building a Business is About Building Relationships

May 18, 2018

“If they like you, they will listen to you. If they trust you, they will do business with you.”  -Zig Ziglar In the digital age, sending a quick email or text can be so much more efficient when compared to a face-to-face meeting or even a phone call. But, what’s lost in that interaction? The … Read more

Top Signs You Have What It Takes to Start Your Own Business

May 10, 2018

  Have an idea you just can’t shake? Maybe you’ve even done some market research and you know there’s some serious potential behind it. This could be a sign you’re ready to take the plunge into small business ownership (aka being an entrepreneur). In honor of Small Business Week taking place April 30th – May … Read more

What is the Women Owned Small Business and Minority Owned Business Certification?

May 3, 2018

  We often get asked questions about becoming a woman owned or minority owned certified business. These certifications can have an impact on your business including inclusion in different government programs, new business opportunities and PR/Media opportunities too.   The Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) and Minority Owned Business (MOB) Certifications are a way for … Read more

Understanding the Financial Side of Your Business

April 20, 2018

Understanding the Financial Side of Your Business How to Run Your Business by the Numbers As you develop and launch your small business, it’s easy to think about the fun stuff – like product development, communication, sales, and marketing, but what about your finances? Not something to ignore, proper financial maintenance and oversight can truly … Read more

5 Tips to Perfect Your Business Pitch

April 12, 2018

5 Tips to Perfect Your Business Pitch Many small businesses and budding entrepreneurs know it’s all in the pitch! Whether at a networking meet up, business meeting, casual coffee, or a more formal pitch competition like local 5×5 nights and beyond, opportunities to sell your business idea are just around the corner and can happen … Read more

GROW is Now Lending Partner of Michigan Good Food Fund

April 8, 2018

GROW is Now Lending Partner of Michigan Good Food Fund We’re thrilled to share that GROW is now a Michigan Good Food Fund lending partner! As a part of this partnership, we’re helping Michigan Good Food Fund deepen their work on the west side of the state and expand their loan range to provide smaller … Read more

Additional Local Grant Makes Lakeshore Expansion Possible

April 2, 2018

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation recently awarded Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) a grant of 10,000 dollars for our expansion into the lakeshore area. These funds, which are from the Helene D. and Bernath P. Sherwood, Jr. Fund of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, will be used to add one full-time staff … Read more

GROW Hosts Women Entrepreneurs from India as Drivers of Economic Growth

March 19, 2018

Women Entrepreneurs from India, Visit GROW as Drivers of Economic Growth GROW recently had the exciting and unique opportunity to host women entrepreneurs from India as a part of the project: Indian Women Entrepreneurs as Drivers of Economic Growth. The project worked with the Global Ties U.S. Network, which implements the Department of State’s International … Read more