It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of one our colleagues, Tom Heinz, from a sudden heart attack.  Tom was GROW's Program Manager since 2011 and worked tirelessly to counsel, teach and mentor small business owners.  He was also a great friend, an innately good soul and we will miss him dearly.  Tom’s family is planning a celebration of Tom’s life on Friday, April 25th at San Chez in Grand Rapids from 4-8pm.

If you would like to make a donation in Tom’s honor, donations can be made by check or directly through Fifth Third Bank using "The Heinz Memorial Fund”.

Please join us in sending your thoughts and prayers out to his family.

Bonnie Nawara  



Our Mission

 Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) is a service focused on women at various stages of business ownership.  We are the entrepreneurial resource to help women take the next step, empowering and supporting them with professional expertise for a lifetime.







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Award Winners 

Rebecca Dutcher – LeAnne Moss Service Award


Marnie Johnson – GROW Business of the Year


Peggy Murphy – AWE Leader of the Year


Rebecca Dutcher, Marnie Johnson, and Peggy Murphy were the award winners recognized at our 2013 Seeds of GROWth Conference and Luncheon. You can read more about their contributions to our community, and their achievements as women in business here.



Start or Expand Your Microenterprise

Whether it is on the news, talk radio, or in USA Today, experts and commentators point to the small business community for solutions to our current economic situation.

For over 23 years, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) has been West Michigan’s source for relevant training, tools, and techniques to entrepreneurs and small business owners.

    * Have you decided that now is the time to be your own boss?

    * Are you an entrepreneur looking for guidance?

    * Do you need to write a business plan but don’t know where to start?

    * Are you looking for financing but aren’t sure of your options?

    * Would you like to expand your business but need a marketing plan to make it happen?

You have come to the right place.  Since 1989, GROW has been working with thousands entrepreneurs just like you; all with dreams of becoming economically independent. GROW’s entrepreneurial training, counseling, and networking opportunities provide you with the tools you need to start, run, sustain, and expand your business. Whether the topic is finance, management, marketing, or strategic planning, GROW offers professional, high-quality training and business counseling.

GROW is one of only 110 certified Women Business Centers in the nation, and one of three in the State of Michigan, all in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Success stories range from builders to manufacturers, farmers to restaurateurs, salon owners to dog walkers, and health care providers to graphic designers.

Now it’s your turn. Whether you are a start-up or an established business owner, let GROW guide you to business and economic success.


What's Happening at GROW

**Notice** The AWE branch of GROW has transposed to GROW's new GROWth Division.


GROW is pleased to announce that after 25 years of fostering entrepreneurial growth in our community the name the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) is being retired.


The programs that you have come to rely on, will continued to be offered under the growth (2nd stage) division of GROW.  In addition we have reformatted our programming to provide tangible take always that you can implement into your business at any time.  


Our sincere thanks go out to the many of you who helped shape and grow AWE. 

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