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Media Room with GROW News & Announcements

Here you’ll find recent news and announcements from GROW. If you’d like additional insights or tips, please visit our blog, too!

 

SBAM Distributing $3 Million in Grants to Help Small Businesses Weather the Cold

SBAM Distributing $3 Million in Grants to Help Small Businesses Weather the Cold The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) is providing federal CARES Act funds to help qualifying small businesses expand their capacity by adding weatherized, temporary outdoor facilities. Grants will be awarded to eligible businesses on ...
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GROW Receives $400,000 Federal Grant to Fund Small Business Development

GROW Receives $400,000 Federal Grant to Fund Small Business Development  Grand Rapids, MI — GROW received a $400,000 federal grant to increase its lending power in economically disadvantaged communities and fund small business development. The grant is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Financial-Award. In 2016, GROW received CDFI designation from the ...
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Comerica Bank Contributes $112,000 to GROW to Support West Michigan Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., Sept. 15, 2020 – Comerica Bank today announced a $112,000 contribution to Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) to aid west Michigan entrepreneurs and small businesses. Comerica and GROW also will continue to provide Comerica Business $ense Boot Camps with the next camp scheduled on Sept. 22 ...
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GROW Loan Allows Urban Apparel to Reopen

GROW Loan Allows Urban Apparel to Re-Open As we continue to face the aftereffects of the Coronavirus, businesses and entrepreneurs have taken a specific kind of hit. Although most of us could have never imagined we’d be in the throes of a worldwide pandemic, it has forced many of us ...
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Los Amigos Receives GROW Loan, Giving the Restaurant Room to Adjust to New Normal

Los Amigos Receives GROW Loan, Giving the Restaurant Room to Adjust to New Normal

Los Amigos Receives GROW Loan, Giving the Restaurant Room to Adjust to New Normal COVID-19 has impacted us all in different ways, and it continues to carry lasting effects. Some of your favorite local businesses have shouldered burdens too heavy to carry alone. At GROW, we’ve been honored to work ...
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GROW Opens “ReStart Kent” Loan Program to Small Businesses

GROW Opens “ReStart Kent” Loan Program to Small Businesses. Now Accepting Loan Applications. This is a NEW, flexible loan product to support relief and reopening efforts of small businesses in Kent County.  We are thrilled to announce open applications for our "ReStart Kent" Loan. In partnership with the Small Business ...
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Comerica Bank Partners with Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women to Host Virtual Business $ense Boot Camp Series

Comerica Bank Partners with Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women to Host Virtual Business $ense Boot Camp Series Boot Camp will offer three events to support west Michigan entrepreneurs and small businesses GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., JUNE 25, 2020 – Comerica Bank today announces its partnership with Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women ...
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An Open Letter to All Business Owners and Supporters

Dear Business Owners & Supporters, We hear you. We see you. And, we feel it with you. The last few weeks and the immediate future have been a trying time for all of us. Our team has been and will continue working quickly to connect with current and past GROW ...
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SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Forms, Process and Upcoming Webinars

Needed Economic Injury Disaster Loan Forms Thanks to a concerted effort by the state of Michigan and the U.S. Small Business Administration Michigan small businesses are now eligible for SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Here's a list of documents that you will need to complete the application: SBA Form 5 ...
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Governor Whitmer announces SBA loans now available for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 

Governor Whitmer announces SBA loans now available for small businesses impacted by COVID-19  SBA Disaster Declaration requested by Whitmer Approved     LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced today the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved her request for a statewide Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) declaration, opening the ...
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GROW COVID-19 Response

A Message to our Business Community As we all navigate the current COVID-19 crisis, we would like you to know that GROW is committed to the safety of our team, to providing adequate service to our small businesses, especially in this time of need, and to addressing the needs of ...
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SBA Release for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

SBA.gov Press Release SBA To Provide Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) Up to $2 Million in Disaster Assistance Loans ...
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COVID-19 Updates

March 13, 2020, COVID-19 Updates & GROW Operations Overview of the Coronavirus- COVID-19 Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in humans and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people, such as ...
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GROW Hosts Open World Leadership Center Delegates

In early March, GROW was fortunate to host 5 Russian Delegates, who are part of the Open World Leadership Center and the Colleagues International organization (in Kalamazoo). These women are also Entrepreneurs who spent time. The ‘Open World Leadership Center’, the first and only international exchange program sponsored by the ...
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Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) Announces 2020 Officers and Members of the Board

Grand Rapids, Michigan — West Michigan non-profit organization, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW), welcomes the 2020 Board of Directors to further support the work of the organization in the development of entrepreneurs in West Michigan. The 2020 Officers are: Deborah Phillips, Consultant and Chief People Strategist of Deborah Phillips ...
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