Los Amigos Mexican Grill: A Cultural Education through Food Ana Olson describes owning a business as “creating the world around you.” As the owner of Los Amigos Mexican Bar and Grill, Olson’s world is rich with the flavors and culture of Mexico and a reverence for life in America through the eyes of an immigrant. … Read more

What was your first job and what did you learn from it?   My first job was at a community center in Muskegon Heights, through the Urban League. (Cleaning the offices) The job exposed me to soft skills in the workplace and time management.   What is your go-to productivity trick?   Listening to smooth jazz.   What is … Read more

Turning the Dial on Justice: South East Market Alita Kelly is forging a new path in business, one that is hyper mission-centric and demonstrates the powerful impact small businesses can have on their communities. Kelly, along with her business partner Khara DeWit, opened South East Market in January. The market is tucked into the corner … Read more

Get to Know Nikita Miner, GROW’s Office Administrator What was your first job and what did you learn from it?               I worked with my mom for my first job. She owned a cleaning company called Early Bird Cleaning Services, in Ypsilanti, MI. I learned that not all jobs are … Read more

Q&A: Dr. Valencia Agnew on Recharging when You are Emotionally Drained How has the pandemic impacted our mental health overall? There is so much more anxiety, depression, and even substance abuse and domestic abuse. People are experiencing trauma from the global grief and loss. Even though we may not know the 500,000 who have died … Read more

The One Relationship that can Determine Your Success What exactly is a mentor? A mentor is a person in your life who provides guidance. An ideal mentor is authentic, engaging, available and in-tune with your goals and needs. They are where you want to be, and they use their experience to help you get there. … Read more

Get to Know GROW’s Operations Manager, Amy Deel What was your first job and what did you learn from it?  A grocery store bagger. I learned a lot about physical labor because I also had to take groceries to cars and take care of the recycling machines (which were much more difficult to manage then). … Read more

Cimone Casson Gets in Front of the Green Rush Cimone Casson is a leading player in one of the most quickly growing industries in the state of Michigan: marijuana. Casson is the founder and owner of Cannas Capital, an insurance agency specializing in the cannabis industry and the craft beer industry. This isn’t her first … Read more

Get to Know GROW’s New Business Development Officer, Jordan Turner We are thrilled to welcome our new business development officer, Jordan Turner! Jordan originally hails from the metro Detroit area, and is coming to us by way of Louisville, where he has spent four years working within Louisville Metro Government as an Economic Development Manager. … Read more