Client Stories

Inspiring Small Business Owners in West Michigan

Deb Tacoma, FreedomWand

September 6, 2016

Necessity Is the Mother of Invention Deb Tacoma’s entrepreneurial journey began in 2006, after she was involved in a serious car accident that left her with numerous injuries, including a broken back. Completing tasks such as bathing and going to the bathroom became a daily struggle for Deb, leaving her feeling helpless. After this life-altering … Read more

Sara Moylan, SheFit

March 30, 2016

Local Entrepreneur & GROW Client Celebrates Shark Tank Win Sara Moylan began her entrepreneurial journey in 2011 after recognizing that wearing up to three sports bras at once to work out was not only uncomfortable but also downright ineffective. Determined to find a better solution, she cut, sewed, and hot glued a few bras together … Read more

Josephine White, JoJo’s House of Beauty

July 27, 2015

Since the age of 16, Josephine White has had a passion for doing hair. After graduating from Western Michigan University she decided to pursue her dreams, and, in the middle of the 2008 recession, left her corporate job to attend Empire Beauty School. After graduation, Josephine began building her clientele steadily over the next 5 … Read more

Luann Sun, LS Global Enterprises

February 8, 2015

“Be confident in your marketplace – you’re better than you think.” – Luann Sun  Since 2008, Luann has run a successful business working in various industries developing and manufacturing engineered components for furniture and store fixture customers. Beginning as a business consultant and later expanding into a distribution center, her company LS Global Enterprises focuses on … Read more

Dr. Natalia Schotte, La Vie De La Rose Flower Essences

January 5, 2015

La Vie de la Rose Flower Essences, started by Dr. Natalia Schotte, has experienced great success in the several years, growing the business to become a global, multiple award winning company with customers in 42 states and 12 countries. This includes recently establishing partnerships with distributors in Australia and China. Growth includes the expansion of our gardens to … Read more

Amy Proos, Proos Manufacturing

January 5, 2015

Founded in 1919, Proos Manufacturing is a revered and award-winning business in West Michigan. The CEO, Amy Proos, is a member of the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) and has been working at the business since 1987, when she was in college. Amy was pursuing studies in the veterinarian field and worked for the summer … Read more

Mary Scheidel, Connie’s Cakes

December 11, 2014

Grow Your Business Connie’s Cakes, a provider of tasty treats since 1995, has been selling custom cakes on South Division for many years. Topped with the best homemade butter cream, they specialize in wedding cakes and baked goods for any occasion. Mary Scheidel purchased the business from her aunt in 2010 and has continued the … Read more

Laura Parker, Three Strands Design

December 11, 2014

Laura Parker’s story of business ownership is similar to that of a lot of creative professionals. After years of working for someone else, designers frequently find they can work for themselves, relying on their specialized artistic skills and technical knowledge. The obstacles are developing a client base large enough to drive consistent work, and the … Read more

Synia Jordan, Samaria J’s Salon Suite

December 11, 2014

“Make sure you do something you love. “Unless people have a passion for what they’re doing, they are not going to do it or do it well. Would you do this even if you didn’t get a paycheck?” – Synia Jordan A Deeper Level Of Growth Synia Jordan has spent over twenty years running Samaria … Read more

Monica and Andrew Randles, Nutcase Vegan Meats

June 7, 2014

“Cultivating a business mindset is a challenge, but it can be achieved by remembering your mission.” -Monica Randles Monica Randles and her husband Andrew created Nutcase Vegan Meats with their family in mind. They became vegetarians over seven years ago. When they realized they couldn’t find many healthy, organic, non-GMO vegan meat items that also … Read more

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