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Owners in West Michigan

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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