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 special event and as we celebrate three decades of helping West Michigan entrepreneurs this year, we were thrilled to welcome GROW Founder, LeAnne Moss, back to Grand Rapids to recognize the vision she had when she started Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women.

We want to thank all who attended and who continue to help us make GROW a success. To see the timeline of the many years of our business, head here. Read more about our 2019 award winners below, and please take note of all the incredible sponsors for this year’s Seeds of Growth celebration. These funds are instrumental in our programming, training and loan programs.

To help us continue our mission and help entrepreneurs start, grow, and sustain their businesses, we invite you to make an impact. Donate today! Nan Van Andel generously sponsored a match of up to $15,000 for funds raised. If you’d like to donate, simply text SEEDS to 616-219-2720 or you can donate online now.

View all of the photos from 2019 Seeds of Growth on Facebook now.

Here are this year’s award winners. Each winner is pictured with Meg LeHigh, GROW board president, and Stacy George, from Varnum, and also a board member.

Sonali Allen, Mercantile Bank of Michigan, LeAnne Moss Service Award, Volunteer of the Year


Ana Olson, Los Amigos Mexican Bar & Grill, Leadership Award


Theresa Mosley, Mosley’s School of Cosmetology, Business of the Year Award


Veronica Quintino-Aranda, Michigan State University Research Center, Grow Partner Award


Watch their videos here.


Thank you to our incredible sponsors! Without your support, this incredible event would not be possible.

Startup Entrepreneur Investment Sponsor: AppleTree & Gilden Woods

LeAnne Moss Travel Sponsor: Fifth Third Bank

Legacy Sponsor: Bonnie Miller

Growth Entrepreneur Investment Sponsor: Comerica

Award Sponsor: Varnum

Recognition Sponsor: PNC

Private Reception Sponsor: Lake Michigan Credit Union

Sustaining Entrepreneur Sponsors: Be Heard Productions & RED66 Marketing

Table Investment Sponsors: Haworth, Rehmann, JW Marriott, Goodwill, Health Bridge, Mercantile Bank of Michigan, Miller Johnson, Eastern Floral, FlexChecks, Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Care Network of Michigan, Spectrum Health, El Vocero Hispano

Empower Sponsors: Express Employment Professionals, Women’s Lifestyle, Meanwhile Bar

Entrepreneurial Training Investment Sponsors: Applied Imaging, Baker Holtz CPAs, Barnes & Thornburg, BHS Insurance, Bird+Bird Studios,  Choice One, Cookies by Design, Cynthia Kay & Co, Danielle Rowland State Farm, DeHoek & CO, Economic Development Foundation, Grand Rapids Urban League, Grand River Bank, HR Collaborative, Hungerford Nichols, Irwin Seating, IT Resource, JetCo Federal, Kim Suarez, KMS Group, Lindo Mexico, LS Global Enterprises, Lydia O’Neil, Macatawa Bank, Management Business Solutions, Michigan Women Forward, Natural Choice Foods, Old National Bank, Raegan Marketing + Design, Shelby State Bank, StartGarden, The Economic Club of Grand Rapids, Tracy Sianta, West Michigan Woman, West Michigan Women’s Expo, Wright Way Quality Cleaning Services

Look for more information and stats about the economic impact our work has on the community through new businesses, job creation, growing businesses and community support.