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 […]

Published: April 08, 2018

GROW is Now Lending Partner of Michigan Good Food Fund

GROW is Now Lending Partner of Michigan Good Food Fund We’re thrilled to share that GROW is now a Michigan Good Food Fund lending partner! As a part of this partnership, we’re helping Michigan Good Food Fund deepen their work on the west side of the state and expand their loan range to provide smaller […]

Published: April 02, 2018

Additional Local Grant Makes Lakeshore Expansion Possible

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation recently awarded Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) a grant of 10,000 dollars for our expansion into the lakeshore area. These funds, which are from the Helene D. and Bernath P. Sherwood, Jr. Fund of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, will be used to add one full-time staff […]

Published: March 19, 2018

GROW Hosts Women Entrepreneurs from India as Drivers of Economic Growth

Women Entrepreneurs from India, Visit GROW as Drivers of Economic Growth GROW recently had the exciting and unique opportunity to host women entrepreneurs from India as a part of the project: Indian Women Entrepreneurs as Drivers of Economic Growth. The project worked with the Global Ties U.S. Network, which implements the Department of State’s International […]

Published: March 05, 2018

How to Register Your Small Business in Michigan

How to Register Your Small Business in Michigan You’ve decided to start a small business – congratulations! This is a very exciting (and busy!) time and you’ve got a lot of decisions to make, but one of the very first steps you take should be registering your business and obtaining a formal license. This may […]

Published: February 20, 2018

Cyber Security – What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself and Your Small Business

Cyber Security – What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself and Your Small Business Here’s something to think about: according to Forbes, about half of small businesses experience a cyber-attack, yet 87% of small business owners don’t think they are at risk. Hackers just go after the big dogs, right? Wrong. Small businesses are […]

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