Small Business Workshops and Training

GROW offers a variety of workshops and training options for entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes. Whether you’re just thinking about starting your own business, looking for ways to improve your marketing, connect with business mentors, GROW has a program for you.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Call us at 616.458.3404 for assistance.


Intro to GROW

This free class introduces participants to the many programs and services that GROW offers to entrepreneurs at every stage of their business. (Intro to GROW is a prerequisite for many other GROW services and classes.)
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Start Smart: The Business Model Canvas

Bring your business ideas and be ready for an engaging, hands-on class that will equip you to take the next step on your entrepreneurial journey. This workshop uses the Business Model Canvas, a strategic tool that can be used to develop a new business model skid plates or document an existing one. You will learn the who, what, why, when, and how of the Business Model Canvas, including its essential building blocks, its relationship to your formal business plan, and its effectiveness throughout the life of your instant loan business. Leave with the skills and knowledge you need to grow your business.
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Small Business Growth and Planning Series (GPS)

The Small Business Growth and Planning Series (Small Business GPS) is designed to provide you with the information and resources you need to formulate or refine your business plan and position your business for long-term success.
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GROW Connects

GROW Connects is a series designed to connect new and growing businesses with experts in various fields. Each session focuses on a different topic relevant to your business: social media, intellectual property, accounting, business insurance, and many more. The goal is to equip you with the skills and expertise you need to effectively grow your business.
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Online Training and Webinars

The Small Business Administration (SBA) provides free access to numerous online courses through its learning center. Covering topics ranging from business plans to financing options, these courses offer expert advice and resources for starting or growing your business.



GROW is an equal opportunity employer. We take pride in the diversity of our staff, and we seek diversity in our participants.