2017 Seeds of GROWth Awards Luncheon

Thank you for your support of our 2017 Seeds of GROWth Awards Luncheon and Fundraiser. We welcomed 300 Grand Rapids business leaders for a great lunch, and a powerful panel discussion with three local entrepreneurs who shared their stories, their advice and the impact GROW had on their success.

Huge thanks to Shelley Irwin our event emcee, and Marlee Ginter of WOOD TV8 for leading our panel discussion! Together, we recognizeds this years award winners, who are:

  • Business of the Year – Floriza Genautis, founder and CEO of Management Business Solutions
  • Leadership Award: Shannon Cohen, MPA CPS, founder, and principal of Shannon Cohen, Inc. (formerly Community Ventures)
  • Lee Ann Moss Service Award Julie Lankes, owner of BOXBOOM Creative.
  • GROW Partner Award: Jack Keller, commercial loan officer at Lake Michigan Credit Union and GROW board for 3 years

Learn more about them and their work in our 2017 Award Winners Announcement here.


Thank You to Our 2017 Sponsors

Start-Up Entrepreneur Sponsor 

Growth Entrepreneur Sponsors

Thank You Gift
Bag Sponsor


Sustaining Entrepreneur Sponsors


Awards Sponsor


Confidence (Table) Investment

Bonnie K. Miller


Business Counseling and Financial Resource Sponsors



Entrepreneural Training Sponsors

Vicky Black Weller

DeHoek & Company

Grand Valley State University

Baker Holtz, CPAs

Bud & Stanley’s Restaurant, LLC

Danielle Rowland State Farm

Deborah A. Phillips & Associates, LLC

Grand Rapids Urban League

H.S. Die & Engineering

Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors

Irwin Seating Company

IT Resources, Inc.

Preferred Benefits

The Meanwhile Bar

Express Employment Professionals

ITS Partners, LLC

KMS Group

MicroVisions, Inc.

Northwood University

OnSite Wellness, LLC

Serendipity Media

Start Garden

Grand Rapids Urban League