Published: July 12, 2018

May Entrepreneurial Insider Recap

May Entrepreneurial Insider Recap   May’s Entrepreneurial Insider segment is all about food! We’re thrilled to talk about our new partnership with Michigan Good Food Fund and the opportunity to provide lending to good food enterprises in Grand Rapids who are increasing access to healthy food in the community.   In cohorts with the Michigan Good Food Fund, we’re enlisting the help of […]

Published: June 29, 2018

3 Ways to Shift Your Mindset for Success

  Your mindset effects every aspect of your life and is influential on your success. This is especially true when you are an entrepreneur. We’ve all heard “what you believe you can achieve” and we find that statement very powerful for the clients we work with every day. Here are three ways you can shift […]

Published: June 14, 2018

GROW Volunteers Make All the Difference in the World

GROW Volunteers Make All the Difference in the World Are you ready for some fun facts? There are over 1 million women-owned businesses in the United States. These businesses generate over $1.4 trillion in revenues and employing nearly 7.9 million people. In 2017 alone, GROW helped start 68 new businesses locally, created 251 new jobs, […]

Published: June 13, 2018

How to Create a Lasting Brand Identity

Let’s stop putting the cart before the horse. Small businesses tend to do that when it comes to brand building. In the rush of a product launch or the opening of their first brick and mortar store, they find a color palette that works for them, drum up a logo, and go with the catchy […]

Published: June 05, 2018

Announcing Our New Lakeshore Area Business Development Officer

Announcing Our New Lakeshore Area Business Development Officer, Karen Benson The addition of Benson will support the expansion of GROW’s services to lakeshore entrepreneurs. Benson’s role will be to help develop and grow Lakeshore Businesses.  She will deliver and coordinate entrepreneurial training programs, business counseling and mentoring, and work with clients in gaining access to […]

Published: May 18, 2018

Building a Business is About Building Relationships

“If they like you, they will listen to you. If they trust you, they will do business with you.”  -Zig Ziglar In the digital age, sending a quick email or text can be so much more efficient when compared to a face-to-face meeting or even a phone call. But, what’s lost in that interaction? The […]

Published: May 10, 2018

Top Signs You Have What It Takes to Start Your Own Business

  Have an idea you just can’t shake? Maybe you’ve even done some market research and you know there’s some serious potential behind it. This could be a sign you’re ready to take the plunge into small business ownership (aka being an entrepreneur). In honor of Small Business Week taking place April 30th – May […]

Published: May 03, 2018

What is the Women Owned Small Business and Minority Owned Business Certification?

  We often get asked questions about becoming a woman owned or minority owned certified business. These certifications can have an impact on your business including inclusion in different government programs, new business opportunities and PR/Media opportunities too.   The Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) and Minority Owned Business (MOB) Certifications are a way for […]

Published: April 20, 2018

Understanding the Financial Side of Your Business

Understanding the Financial Side of Your Business How to Run Your Business by the Numbers As you develop and launch your small business, it’s easy to think about the fun stuff – like product development, communication, sales, and marketing, but what about your finances? Not something to ignore, proper financial maintenance and oversight can truly […]

Published: April 12, 2018

5 Tips to Perfect Your Business Pitch

5 Tips to Perfect Your Business Pitch Many small businesses and budding entrepreneurs know it’s all in the pitch! Whether at a networking meet up, business meeting, casual coffee, or a more formal pitch competition like local 5×5 nights and beyond, opportunities to sell your business idea are just around the corner and can happen […]

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