Published: September 13, 2018

Dealing with Self Doubt, Feeling Like an Impostor, and Learning to Take Care of You

Dealing with Self Doubt, Feeling Like an Impostor, and Learning to Take Care of You   Being a woman in this world doesn’t come without its challenges. And those challenges need to be addressed. It’s our duty as women who champion other women, to talk about our struggles, and to remind one another that we’re […]

Published: August 26, 2018

Nevertheless, She Persisted… Celebrating Women’s Equality Day

Nevertheless, She Persisted… Celebrating Women’s Equality Day   What is Women’s Equality Day? Today is Women’s Equality Day! But here at GROW, we don’t use only today as a reason to celebrate the successes of women. We focus each and every day on working toward providing women entrepreneurs with the tools they need to be […]

Published: August 23, 2018

The Ins and Outs of Business Insurance

The Ins and Outs of Business Insurance Why do I need business insurance? Because you want to protect your investment. There’s always an element of chance involved with a new business venture, but business insurance can help minimize financial risks associated with unexpected events such as the death of a partner, an injured employee, an […]

Published: August 20, 2018

GROW Adds Two New Staff Members to Serve Increasing Client Base

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) announces two new staff members to their growing team. Annie Trupke joins as Administrative Assistant, and Jill May joins as the new Director of Lending Programs. The addition of these two professionals will support GROW in their mission to serve women and men entrepreneurs throughout West Michigan, including the […]

Published: August 10, 2018

Planning for a Healthy Business

Planning for a Healthy Business Earlier this year, GROW’s Business Development Officer, Mary Hartfield, led our GROW Connects class about planning for a healthy business by sharing 4 essential steps. No matter where you are in the development of your business, asking yourself (and answering!) these key questions will help ensure that you create and […]

Published: August 02, 2018

Business Model Canvas, Explained

Business Model Canvas, Explained If you’ve ever attended one of our Start Smart classes, you’re probably familiar with the Business Model Canvas. It’s a tool that will help you thoughtfully plan out the next steps in your journey as an entrepreneur. At its core, this strategy is used to develop a new business model or […]

Published: July 24, 2018

June Entrepreneurial Insider Recap

With everything that goes on in the lives of entrepreneurs, we know they are always looking for ways to streamline processes, eliminate stress, and work more effectively! For our June  Entrepreneurial Insider segment, we talked about some of the best apps out there for entrepreneurs.   Calendar: Accompany Mary suggests this particular calendar app because […]

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, […]

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