Thank You For Joining Us at Our 2018 Seeds of GROWth Luncheon

A huge thank you to all of you who sponsored, volunteered, donated and supported our 2018 Seeds of Growth event, held October 11, 2018, at the Amway Grand Plaza. We welcomed 325+ Grand Rapids business leaders for a great lunch, and a powerful presentation with local entrepreneurs who shared their stories, their advice and the impact GROW had on their businesses.

Congratulations to our 2018 Award Winners!

  • Lee Ann Moss Service Award, Volunteer of the Year: Robin Barrett, Macatawa Bank. Robin has shared many hours supporting GROW clients, mentoring women business owners and helping them understand their business finances and financial literacy.
  • Leadership Award: Zena Patillo, Training Paradigms, LLC. Zena works tirelessly in the community to motivate diverse workforces to excellence. She uses her experience, education, energy, and passion for diversity, to increase understanding of core organizational values and their personal interest in growth and adaptability.
  • Business of the Year Award: Tara VanWagoner, Founder and owner of Cone Appetit. Tara started her business creating craft ice creams in unique flavors, and uses a portion of the profits to fight human trafficking.
  • Grow Partner Award: Meg Lehigh, HR Collaborative and GROW Board Member. Meg has served on the board for 3 years, sheʼs the incoming board president, active in the strategic planning and communications committees, as well as a facilitator for GROWʼs business strategy classes.


Thank You to Our 2018 Sponsors

Startup Investment Sponsor


Growth Entrepreneur Sponsors


Panel Investment Sponsors


Sustaining Entrepreneur Sponsors


Bonnie K. Miller

Award Sponsor



 Table Investment Sponsors



Counseling & Financial Resource Investment Sponsors



Sytsma Wealth Strategies








Entrepreneurial Training Sponsors

Applied Imaging
Baker Holtz, CPAs & Advisors
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Brush Studios
Bud & Stanleys
City of GR Office of D & I
Danielle Rowland State Farm
DeHoek & Company
Express Employment Professionals
Floral Ave Promo
GR Lash Lounge
H.S. Die & engineering
Hungerford, Aldrin, Nicols & Carter
Irwin Seating Company

IT Resource, Inc.
KMS Group
Lindo Mexico Restaurant
LS Global Enterprises LLC
Old National Bank
Onsite Wellness
Preferred Benefits
Teddy’s Transport
The Barre Code
West Michigan Woman