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 […]

Published: August 06, 2020

GROW Loan Allows Urban Apparel to Reopen

GROW Loan Allows Urban Apparel to Re-Open As we continue to face the aftereffects of the Coronavirus, businesses and entrepreneurs have taken a specific kind of hit. Although most of us could have never imagined we’d be in the throes of a worldwide pandemic, it has forced many of us to reevaluate our current circumstances. […]

Published: July 22, 2020

Los Amigos Receives GROW Loan, Giving the Restaurant Room to Adjust to New Normal

Los Amigos Receives GROW Loan, Giving the Restaurant Room to Adjust to New Normal COVID-19 has impacted us all in different ways, and it continues to carry lasting effects. Some of your favorite local businesses have shouldered burdens too heavy to carry alone. At GROW, we’ve been honored to work with the Community Foundation for […]

Published: July 16, 2020

GROW Opens “ReStart Kent” Loan Program to Small Businesses

GROW Opens “ReStart Kent” Loan Program to Small Businesses. Now Accepting Loan Applications. This is a NEW, flexible loan product to support relief and reopening efforts of small businesses in Kent County.  We are thrilled to announce open applications for our “ReStart Kent” Loan. In partnership with the Small Business Administration, GROW has created this […]

Published: July 06, 2020

Recovery Loan Story: Christina VanDam, Zeal Aerial Fitness

Recovery Loan Story: Christina VanDam, Zeal Aerial Fitness Although no one could’ve predicted a global pandemic when 2020 began, here we are. And unfortunately, several of our favorite local businesses have taken a hit during these difficult times. With closures, loss of revenue, and uncertain reopening timeframes, entrepreneurs across the country have found themselves in […]

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