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

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

Virtual Events

Q&A: Cynthia Kay on Creating a Successful Virtual Event If 2020 taught is anything, it’s that virtual events are here to stay. Virtual events can be a great benefit to your business, but according to Cynthia Kay, owner of Cynthia Kay and Company media production,  we have a lot to learn to make these events … 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

Basic Bee Boutique Serves Up Style for a Young Urban Demographic For Renise Warners, her business is an extension of herself. “All of the pieces of my brand represent me,” she said. “It’s my vision– everything reflects a part of me.” Warners is the owner of Basic Bee Boutique, where she sells a curated collection … Read more

Goals

An Evidence-Based Approach to Crushing Your Goals this Year Whatever you want to achieve this year– start your business, grow your business, expand a product line– SMART  goal framework is almost guaranteed to help you get there. What are SMART Goals? How often do we declare vague goals (“I want to have more customers this … Read more