We’re Ready for You, 2021

We're Ready for You, 2021

2020 was challenging in ways we couldn’t have imagined in our wildest — seriously, wildest — dreams. We are proud to have pivoted and persisted in the face of the pandemic to give entrepreneurs in West Michigan the tools they needed to make it through the challenges of COVID-19. As we step into 2021 and the pandemic continues, we remain committed to supporting the small businesses that make our community special.

We asked our staff members and some of our small business borrowers to tell us what they are looking forward to tackling this year.

I am most looking forward to strengthening GROW’s presence in the community as well as continue to expand our network of volunteers and making sure the resources we provide are accessible to as many entrepreneurs as possible. — Rosie Orchanian, Program Manager and Volunteer Coordinator

I am looking forward to building greater awareness of GROW’s programs and services and developing and strengthening partnerships along the West Michigan Lakeshore. Together, we can do great things to support small businesses and entrepreneurs in need of resources. –Karen Benson, Lakeshore Business Development Officer

I’m extremely excited about our new programs and webinars launching this year. I believe that we’ll be able to reach new highs in 2021!– Nikita Miner, Office Administrator

I am really excited to continue working with our team to provide excellence to each other as well as our clients. I am so proud of being part of the GROW team!” –Amy Deel, Operations Manager

Looking forward to continuing the great work of providing quality services and resources to the GROW family of entrepreneurs in 2021.
–Marvin Martin

Growth! We are looking forward to expanding our customer base and reaching new venues and partnership opportunities. We are excited to get back to hosting team-building events, social parties and hosting classes in new and previous restaurant locations in 2021! We are also looking forward to growing our online presence with more online classes, workshops and home painting kits.–Nechole Culp, owner of Wine and Canvas Grand Rapids

This year I’m looking forward to expanding my reach and being discovered by new customers! Locals are eager to find hidden gems in their city and I’m doing all I can to ensure that they find my business. — Renise Warners, Owner of Basic Bee Boutique