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Announcing New Officers & Members of Our 2017 Board of Directors

Announcing New Members & Officers of our 2017 Board of Directors We are excited to announce three new board members for GROW. These are wonderful business and community leaders who will continue to guide the organization in empowering local entrepreneurs and business owners. Elly Barnette-Dawson, Director of Advancement, Grand Rapids Art Museum Dallas ...
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Announcing Our First Spanish class: QuickBooks for Business

Announcing Our First Spanish class: QuickBooks for Business To be held February 22, 2017 | 6-9pm Grand Rapids, Michigan – Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) announced today the addition of a QuickBooks class to be taught in Spanish. The first session is February 22, 2017. The organization plans to ...
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Local Organization Revamps Training Programs for Todays Entrepreneurs

GROW adds new year-long training program, EmpowerHER. We recently announced the redesign and introduction of updated training programs and business counseling as a result of the ever changing face of the West Michigan entrepreneur. EmpowerHER is one of the most significant additions, which is a cohort-based, year-long training program for ...
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2016 Seeds of Growth Winners

2016 Seeds of Growth Winners Our CEO Bonnie Nawara kicked off the 2016 Seeds of Growth Awards Luncheon & Fundraiser by welcoming attendees and explaining a little about what our organization does for Grand Rapids women business owners. The energetic and hilarious Judge Sara Smolenski – the afternoon’s emcee – ...
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GROW Receives CDFI Designation to Further Support Economic Development

GROW Receives CDFI Designation to Further Support Economic Development Grand Rapids, Michigan – Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) announced today the addition of a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) designation to their existing microloan program to provide financial services to meet the needs of economically disadvantaged individuals. In the ...
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Client Success Story: Serena Allen, Forever Yours Bridal

Client Success Story: Serena Allen, Forever Yours Bridal Just like any new business owner, Serena Allen began her entrepreneurial journey by taking a risk. While teaching alternative education at Satterlee School in Greenville, Michigan, and going to school to pursue her master’s degree, Allen decided to pursue her dream of ...
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Four Additional Members Join GROW’s Board of Directors

Four Additional Members Join GROW's Board of Directors Grand Rapids, Michigan — West Michigan non-profit organization, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW), has added four board members to its 2016 Board of Directors to further help budding entrepreneurs. The new members include: Amy Lodenstein Director of Operations at Spectrum Health: Helen ...
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WomenConnect Recap

WomenConnect Recap WomenConnect, an annual event held at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) last month, came about because GROW, Varnum LLP, and GRAM share a common vision of empowering women in our community and beyond. Each organization has its own events and programs developed to connect and empower women ...
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GROW Collaboration Funds Local Business – Big John’s Pizza

Big John's Pizza of Whitehall obtained funding thanks to a trio of organizations focused on small business microlending GROW is proud to be West Michigan’s source for relevant training, tools, and microloan programs for entrepreneurs and small business owners, since 1989. GROW was recently part of a trio of lenders who aided ...
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2016 Board of Directors Announced

Announcing our 2016 Board of Directors Newly elected GROW Board of Members add focus of diversity and inclusion to our programs and communications efforts. Grand Rapids, Michigan — Local non-profit organization Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) has been West Michigan’s source for relevant training, tools, and techniques to entrepreneurs and ...
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GROW Expands Team, Welcomes New COO

GROW Expands Team Welcomes New COO. GROW establishes two new positions and announces additional staff members amid organizational growth. GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.- GROW Grand Rapids, a women focused entrepreneurial support and training organization, announced the addition of a Chief Operating Officer, Volunteer Manager and Program Manager.  The additional staff will ...
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BNI Scholarship Opportunity

BNI Scholarship Contest A $400 Value to Increase Your Network & Referrals. The BNI (Business Network International) Pinnacle Chapter is looking to expand. And they’ve turned to GROW to offer a scholarship to one of our participants to join their group for FREE, for the first year. This is a $400 scholarship, ...
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GROW to Host International Fellow Through the End of 2015

GROW to Host International Fellow Through the End of 2015 A four-month long fellowship will provide Selenia Rodríguez with knowledge and skills to empower Costa Rican businesswomen Grand Rapids, Mich.- Selenia Rodríguez, a community development professional with a major in Business from Costa Rica, has taken on a four month ...
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2015 Seeds of GROWth Award Winners Announced

2015 Seeds of GROWth Award Winners Announced Our 26th Annual Awards Celebrates Michigan women business leaders who generate economic  opportunities for Grand Rapids community On October 13, GROW Grand Rapids hosted the 26th annual Seeds of Growth luncheon. Three award winners were announced for their achievements in their roles and ...
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EMV, Smart Chips and Credit Card Security Changes for Small Businesses

EMV, Smart Chips and Credit Card Security Changes. Credit cards: as businesses owners, especially retailers, we all take them and need to ensure security for our customers. Credit card fraud is a major concern. By the end of 2015 there will be an estimated $10 billion per year for the ...
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