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Published: November 24, 2020

Preparing Your Business for the Holidays

Preparing Your Business for the Holidays The holiday season is upon us! For retail businesses, this typically means ramping up for their most profitable quarter. While this year’s holiday shopping season undoubtedly different, consulting firm Deloitte predicts that retail spending will go up 1-1.5% during the holiday shopping season. We spoke with retail veteran Michelle Krick for […]

Published: November 17, 2020

SBAM Distributing $3 Million in Grants to Help Small Businesses Weather the Cold

SBAM Distributing $3 Million in Grants to Help Small Businesses Weather the Cold The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) is providing federal CARES Act funds to help qualifying small businesses expand their capacity by adding weatherized, temporary outdoor facilities. Grants will be awarded to eligible businesses on a first-come, first-served basis with […]

Published: November 10, 2020

“Bling Queen” Ozetta Aaron Keeps a Family Tradition Alive

“Bling Queen” Ozetta Aaron Keeps a Family Tradition Alive For Ozetta Aaron, her business is a family affair. A fourth-generation seamstress, Aaron inherited Bessie’s Alterations from her mother, who started the business in 1985.  “Sewing has always been in my family,” Aaron expressed. “I get a lot of enjoyment out of it. I love seeing people happy […]

Published: November 05, 2020

How to Show Gratitude to Your Team While Working Remotely

How to Show Gratitude to Your Team While Working Remotely Businesses that cultivate a culture of gratitude tend to perform better than those that don’t. According to a 2016 study conducted by Gallup, employees that feel appreciated are more engaged, productive and loyal. As the pandemic continues and COVID19 numbers rise, many companies are requiring […]

Published: September 18, 2020

CMS Consulting Thriving After Shutdown

CMS Consulting Thriving After Shutdown Consuelo Maxim-Sparrow is a problem solver. In 2016, while working as the grant manager for Muskegon County she was in a meeting to address budget constraints when she offered a solution.  “I offered to go off as an independent contractor,” she said. “I did it, and off I went.”  And so became […]

Published: September 18, 2020

Pampered Auto Transportation Stays Up and Running Through Pandemic

Pampered Auto Transportation Stays Up and Running Through Pandemic Pampered Auto Transportation was initially a car detailing shop that opened in 2015. As they aged, husband and wife co-owners Vanessa and Tony Davis realized that they would soon no longer be able to meet the physical demands on the detailing work. In January 2020, they transitioned […]

Published: September 14, 2020

GROW Client Cindy’s Chicken Coop Serves Fried Chicken and Side of Kindness

GROW Client Cindy’s Chicken Coop Serves Fried Chicken and Side of Kindness Food is Lucinda Waver’s love language. “I love serving people and helping them enjoy food,” she said. “I love being in the kitchen. I love making people happy through food.” Waver learned to cook from her mother, who passed away when Waver was […]

Published: September 08, 2020

GROW Loan Helps El Globo Restaurant Survive COVID-19 Shutdown

GROW Loan Helps El Globo Restaurant Survive COVID-19 Shutdown Oswaldo Cordova and his wife Evangelina Abundis opened El Globo Restaurant to fill a gap in the local market and satisfy their cravings for food from home. “We wanted to eat some real Mexican food,” Cordova said. “We couldn’t really find what we were looking for […]

Published: August 31, 2020

How to Write an Email Newsletter

How to Write an Email Newsletter   Email marketing is wildly important to most marketing strategies, especially if you’re looking for true success as it leaves a stronger impression than social media and other digital tactics. But it’s critical that your email marketing campaigns function properly, especially newsletters—these are usually how you get folks to […]

Published: August 26, 2020

How to Foster Diversity in the Workplace

How to Foster Diversity in the Workplace Diversity in West Michigan is a driving force in the entrepreneurial community, where it’s been a focus for many small businesses and supporters for years, including the team here at GROW. Diversity brings representation, perspective, and creativity to businesses, and fostering a team that prioritizes racial and economic […]

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