Entrepreneurial Resources: Blog Articles

The Importance of Shopping Small this Holiday Season

The Importance of Shopping Small this Holiday Season Shopping small gives people the chance to truly celebrate and support their community, and this holiday season will be filled with customers shopping at local businesses. People have officially “bought in” to the idea of #shopsmall, so we’re here to help you ...
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Holiday Marketing Ideas

Holiday Marketing Ideas As we head full steam toward Christmas, holiday shopping is in full swing. Shoppers are seeking out the best gifts for their loved ones and in today’s world, there are tons of options. But don’t fret! We’ve put together a few holiday marketing ideas that can attract ...
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5 Elements of Customer Service That Can Impact Your Business Immediately

5 Elements of Customer Service That Can Impact Your Business Immediately We’re now well into the holiday season, which is a busy time of year. And it’s also a time when many small business owners, like retailers, service providers, and small restaurants are their busiest. It’s a great opportunity to ...
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GROW Is Honored to Be Recognized as a Diversity Visionary Awards Winner!

GROW Is Honored to Be Recognized as a Diversity Visionary Awards Winner! GROW is excited to announce that we were recently recognized as a Rising Star Award Winner at the Diversity Visionary Awards, put on by the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce. The Diversity Visionary Awards was part of the ...
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3 Important Aspects of Marketing to the Hispanic Market

3 Important Aspects of Marketing to the Hispanic Market As Hispanic American communities continue to grow, becoming a serious group of consumers, influencers, and business owners, your business’ marketing efforts should both align with and reflect that. The Hispanic market is an important segment of your customer base and it’s ...
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Seeds Recap – Panel Discussion

Seeds Recap – Panel Discussion If you missed our 2017 Seeds of Growth Awards Luncheon & Fundraiser, you missed more than great food and award presentations. The format was a bit different this year, adding a panel discussion with three entrepreneurs who are GROW clients. These individuals shared some insights ...
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 How to Talk to the Media with Shelley Irwin

 How to Talk to the Media with Shelley Irwin For this month’s segment with Shelley Irwin at WGVU, we flipped the script! Our Program Manager, Mary Hartfield, interviewed Shelley instead. As you may have seen on Facebook, Shelley recently led our GROW Connects class that was all about how to ...
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Turning Your Part-Time Hobby into a Full-Time Business

Turning Your Part-Time Hobby into a Full-Time Business  4 Key Elements of Success in Starting a Business We’ve all got hobbies in one form or another; something we enjoy doing and that often helps eliminate stress from our everyday lives. So what would happen, then, if you took your part-time ...
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What’s Your Marketing Strategy for a Strong and Profitable 4th Quarter?

What's Your Marketing Strategy for a Strong and Profitable 4th Quarter? In the blink of an eye, the Holidays will be upon us! While shoppers used to wait until after Thanksgiving to kick off their holiday shopping spree, Forbes reports that by Halloween, 40% of seasonal buyers have already begun ...
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Grand Circus, GROW and SalesPad help bridge the gap to tech careers during free Intro to Coding workshop

Grand Circus, GROW and SalesPad help bridge the gap to tech careers during free Intro to Coding workshop Attendees at Oct. 16 event will learn the fundamentals of coding and gain exposure to key technology skills during three-hour workshop led by Grand Circus GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Although there is a ...
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Announcing Our First CDFI Grant

Announcing Our First CDFI Grant This Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Grant will Help GROW Further Our Impact in Community & Economic Development Grand Rapids, Michigan – Late last year, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) received the designation of a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in addition to their ...
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5 Low or No Cost Marketing Tools

5 Low or No Cost Marketing Tools Sometimes when you start your own business, you don’t realize the amount of marketing that needs to take place. Luckily, there are so many tools out there that can make it a little easier on you when you’re a small business. These low ...
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Entrepreneurial Insider August Recap

Entrepreneurial Insider August Recap Crowdfunding, Kickstarter & Product Development This month’s Entrepreneurial Insider brought together our Program Manager, Mary Hartfield, and Co-Founder of Parker Design Co, Taryn Kutches, to talk with Shelley Irwin about crowdfunding! What is Crowdfunding? Let’s start with the basics. Crowdfunding is essentially the process of asking ...
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5 Ways Technology is Impacting the Way We Do Business

5 Ways Technology is Impacting the Way We Do Business As an entrepreneur, you should always be striving to improve the customer experience, and keep in mind that technology is an all-encompassing term that can benefit you, the small businesses owner, just as much as the consumer. Here are five ...
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Online Vs Brick & Mortar

 Online vs. Brick and Mortar – Which is Best? In the age of eCommerce and the recent bankruptcies/closures of The Limited, American Apparel, Wet Seal (the list goes on) you may think choosing to start on online business vs. brick and mortar storefront is a no brainer. But it’s not ...
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Entrepreneurial Insider, July Recap

Entrepreneurial Insider, July Recap GROW is all about helping women, and even men, start, advance, and sustain their businesses. Through trainings, microlending, coaching opportunities, and many more avenues, GROW is able to provide the members of our community with a space to learn and grow in business. To listen to ...
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Taking Your Business to the Next Level

Taking Your Business to the Next Level Running a thriving, successful business is fantastic. Still, have you ever wondered what’s next? We are here for you, to both encourage you, and help you take your business to the next level! Do you want to grow bigger, but aren’t sure how ...
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6.5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting A Business

6.5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting A Business Launching your own business is always an exciting time. It’s an opportunity for you to put your ideas to good use, go out on your own, and do something for yourself. We know it’s not an easy decision for some. And, ...
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Different Types of Business Structure

Different Types of Business Structure One of the most important parts of starting your business is choosing the right business structure. There are several different options, and it’s important to make sure you choose the right one for you, as different structures create different legal and tax implications. Here’s an ...
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June Entrepreneurial Insider Recap

June Entrepreneurial Insider Recap This month’s Entrepreneurial Insider radio segment focused on the best apps for entrepreneurs. From productivity to organization, there are all kinds of apps at your disposal that are ready to be used to your benefit. Our own Program Manager, Mary Hartfield, along with Shelley Irwin helped ...
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Small Business Funding Options

Small Business Funding Options Many small businesses need funding to get started or to grow, and sometimes lots of it. While seeking out funds for your small business can feel daunting, know that you have several options available to you. We’ve put together a list of some of the different ...
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Entrepeneurial Insider Recap: Marketing & Your Business Value Proposition

Entrepeneurial Insider Recap: Marketing & Your Business Value Proposition This month’s segment for Entrepreneurial Insider included a great chat with Julie Lankes,   Principal – BoxBoom Creative. Julie is also one of our faciliators who helped update and develop the curriculumn for the Marketing Cluster of our Small Business Growth and ...
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5 Key Ways You Can Support Local Businesses

5 Key Ways You Can Support Local Businesses A big part of our mission is to empower and support women (and men) to start and build their business, provide them with resources to improve operations, finances and better market themselves. Since it is National Small Business Week, we’d like to ...
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Can You Achieve Work/Life Balance as a Startup or Business Owner?

Can You Achieve Work/Life Balance as a Startup or Business Owner? April is National Stress Awareness Month, and while entrepreneurship and owning a small business can be very stressful, it certainly shouldn’t rule your life. You CAN take a vacation again, you CAN have free time, and you CAN be ...
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Using Social Media to Launch & Promote Your (New) Business

As if being an entrepreneur isn’t intimidating enough, bring on social media for your business. We know it can feel daunting when you first begin to use it because social media is so different when promoting your business than it is when talking to friends or family. Although you might ...
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Top 5 Things You Need to Know When Starting a Business

5 Things You Need to Know When Starting a Business When you take that big step to start your own business, there can be a lot of unknowns. We want to help you understand some of the details that can help separate your personal and business assets, as well as ...
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Entrepreneurial Insider Recap – March

Entrepreneurial Insider Recap - March 24, 2017 The 4th Friday of every month we host our Entrepreneurial Insider segment on WGVU Radio with local entrepreneurs and the business leaders who support them. This month we were joined by Darryl Todd, Business Development Specialist of Muskegon Area First, Co-Coordinator of Muskegon ...
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Creating Processes Will Improve Small Business Operations

Creating Processes Will Improve Small Business Operations Within your small business, there are going to be tedious tasks that have to be accomplished on a daily or weekly basis. You can make these repetitive tasks more process oriented, to give you more time to focus on other aspects of your ...
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Choosing Your Business Structure

Choosing Your Business Structure By Laurel Romanella, Vantage360 Facilitator, Small Business GPS: Business Basics Session 2 Starting a business is exciting.  Yet when you dig in to the details, your enthusiasm may turn to confusion.  Or you may feel overwhelmed by just figuring out what to do next.  Don't let these ...
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WGVU Radio Entrepreneurial Insider Recap – February 24, 2017

WGVU Radio Entrepreneurial Insider Recap | February 24, 2017 The 4th Friday of every month we host our Entrepreneurial Insider segment on WGVU Radio with host Shelley Irwin (Photo left) and local entrepreneurs and the business leaders who support them.  This month we were joined by Veverly Austin, M.B.A., MA ...
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How Do You Know It’s Time to Add Your First Employee? (Part 1)

How Do You Know It’s Time to Add Your First Employee? (Part 1) While growth can be incredibly exciting for you and your small business, there are several factors that come into play when considering to add to your first employee or not… you want to make sure that the ...
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Budget Planning for Your Small Business

Budget Planning for Your Small Business Creating a budget for your small business is essential to the success of your organization. As a new or existing business owner, you’ll need to consider several things, for instance, what you need to begin, what you will need to set aside, and what ...
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Strategic Planning for Small Businesses

Strategic Planning for Small Businesses If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail. When starting or running your business, having a roadmap is very important to your future. We realize it may not always go according to your plan, still when you take the time to clarify where ...
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Don’t Go It Alone. The Importance of Business Mentors

Don't Go It Alone. The Importance of Business Mentors It’s one thing to be a small business owner; to attack the challenges you face and continue to move forward with grace. It’s another to be able to do those things all the while knowing that someone’s in your corner. Finding ...
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Top 10 Reasons Your Small Business Should be Blogging

Top 10 Reasons Your Small Business Should be Blogging Everyone is talking about content marketing today, most of which is done through blogging. While it can sound very technical or intimidating to those getting started with their business, blogging doesn’t have to be. We’ve put together some great reasons why ...
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October Entrepreneurial Insider – E-commerce Businesses

Entrepreneurial Insider: E-commerce Businesses Every month, WGVU with Shelley Irwin hosts our Entrepreneurial Insider where we talk with local small business owners about important business topics and trends happening in the market place. You’ll also discover resources that GROW offers to those who want to start their own business, or ...
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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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Jennifer Deamud, Moving Up, Making A Difference

Where Is She Now? Jennifer Deamud COO, Small Business Development Center When Jennifer was selected as Volunteer of the Year in 2015, she was the COO / associate state director for the Small Business Development Center. Since this time she was selected by the board of directors of the National Association ...
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Gricelda Mata, What a Year It’s Been!

Gricelda Mata & Lindo Mexico. What a Year! As President of Lindo Mexico Restaurant, our 2015 Seeds of Growth Business of The Year owner isn't slowing down a bit. As we look forward to our 2016 Seeds of Growth Awards Luncheon and Fundraiser, we also want to take a look ...
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Latesha Lipscomb, What’s She Doing Now?

Latesha Lipscomb What's She Doing Now? Our 2015 Seeds of Growth Leadership Award Winner shares what she's been doing over the last year. If you haven’t met Latesha, it is probably because she hasn’t been still long enough for you to catch her. She’s had an incredibly full year since ...
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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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Mastering Your Marketing

Mastering Your Marketing Our blog theme for the month of August is marketing. We know that many business owners struggle with how best to market their business -- and how to find the time to devote to it. This week, Amy McCartney of Grand Rapids' very own BOXBOOM offers some questions ...
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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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Small Business Tax Tips

Small Business Tax Tips While tax time may be behind you this year, here is some advice that may make next year a little bit easier: Collect your records. Create one place for all of your business records. While this may seem like a no brainer, something always seems to ...
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What Is Microlending and Is It Right for My Business?

What Is Microlending and Is It Right for My Business? At Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW), we’re proud to be an intermediary microloan lender through the Small Business Administration (SBA). In fact, GROW is the only organization in West Michigan to offer SBA microloans! So what are microloans, and ...
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Client Success Story: Rose Hendershot, Photographic Memory

Client Success Story: Rose Hendershot, Photographic Memory Rose Hendershot’s passion for photography led her to start her own business, Photographic Memory, in 1997. Her work has since gained recognition and awards from organizations such as the Professional Photographers of America, Michigan Triangle Professional Photographers Association, Barry County Fair, and Michigan ...
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Business Advice from GROW Staff for National Small Business Week

Business Advice from GROW Staff for National Small Business Week It’s National Small Business Week, where the US Small Business Administration (SBA) highlights the contributions of outstanding entrepreneurs and small business owners. As an SBA Women’s Business Center, the GROW team works with entrepreneurs and small business owners like you ...
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Local Entrepreneur & GROW Client Celebrates Shark Tank Win

Sara Moylan - SheFit Sara Moylan began her entrepreneurial journey in 2011 after recognizing that wearing up to three sports bras at once to work out was not only uncomfortable but also downright ineffective. Determined to find a better solution, she cut, sewed, and hot glued a few bras together ...
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Branding Tips for Your Business

Branding Tips for Your Business Entrepreneurial Insider Recap During our most recent “Entrepreneurial Insider” radio segment on WGVU, Mary C. Hartfield, GROW program manager, and Dr. Jermone Glenn, of JG Innovations, joined Shelley Irwin to chat about brand building. Dr. Glenn was one of the featured presenters at the recent ...
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Entrepreneurial Insider Recap

Microlending for Small Businesses Entrepreneurial Insider Recap During “Entrepreneurial Insider,” GROW’s monthly radio segment with WGVU, we chatted about the microlending programs offered by the Small Business Administration (SBA), specifically the Pure Michigan Microlending Initiative. SBA’s microlending programs provide up to $50,000 for entrepreneurs who are struggling to obtain traditional financing. Through ...
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9 Critical Components to Creating Your Business Plan

9 Critical Components to Creating Your Business Plan When it comes to finding success for your business, the careful creation of your business plan is a crucial part of that journey. Your business plan is a living document that should project a three- to five-year plan and outline the blueprint ...
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Five Tips for Handling Expansion with Ease

Five Tips for Handling Business Expansion with Ease As a small business owner, we know you work hard to make a name for yourself and your business in order to sell your products or services. As your organization begins to grow, you’re likely faced with a new set of challenges ...
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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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Start Smart in 2016

Start Smart in 2016 GROW's classes, programs and workshops are a resource for entrepreneurs in West Michigan. We’re a few weeks into the New Year and at Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) we’re starting the year off strong with a full schedule of classes. When it comes to starting ...
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5 Ways Small Businesses Can Give Back to the Community

Five Ways Small Businesses Can Give Back to the Community The holiday season is in full swing, and all around the world people are thinking of ways to show people they care. For small businesses, it’s important to give back to their communities and to the individuals who helped them ...
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InnovateHer Competition – Local Pitch Winner Selected

InnovateHer Competition - Local Pitch Winner Selected On November 30, 2015, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) worked with the Small Business Association (SBA) Office of Women’s Business Ownership and SBDC of Michigan to host the InnovateHER Challenge West Michigan, a nationwide business pitch competition that aims to find the ...
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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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Social Media for Small Business, Part 2

Social Media for Small Business, Part 2 In our last blog we discussed how to get started on utilizing social media for your small business or startup, from having your plan to selecting the right platforms to deciding what you might talk about. Today we’re here to discuss a few ...
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Getting Started in Social Media, Part 1

Social Media for Small Business, Part 1 Social media: it’s not if you’ll use it, but rather when you’ll use it. Social media is a valuable tool for many organizations. It’s no surprise, as nearly one out of three Americans receives their news from Facebook. Facebook isn’t the only powerhouse ...
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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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SBA: New Authority Will Bolster Women-Owned Small Businesses

 SBA: New Authority Will Bolster Women-Owned Small Businesses The SBA, US Small Business Administration recently posted a press release about a new program. This program directly impacts opportunities for women-owned small businesses who have an interested in working with the federal contracting marketplace. Effective October 14, 2015, this rule will ...
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Seeds of GROWth Award Nominees Announced

2015 Award Nominees These nominees will be present at our 2015 Luncheon event, and we will announce the winners then. If you see any of these women business owners, leaders and supporters, please congratulate them for their nomination, hard work and dedication. Leadership Award Nominees The GROW Leadership Award recognizes an ...
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Infusion Communication Group Hosts “Lunch In the Cloud” Oct 2 & Oct 7

Enjoy Lunch In the Cloud! Join Infusion Communications Group for a seminar regarding the power of the cloud, including a data center tour and lunch. You’ll learn from industry leaders in network engineering on the trends of cloud services. Join in on a discussion on how the cloud is impacting the way we do business ...
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Small Business Owner Lunch & Learn Oct 21 from Chemical Bank

HOW TO BE A PARTNER AND NOT AN ORDER TAKER Wednesday, October 21, 2015 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Chemical Bank Walker Office 2185 - 3 Mile Road NW, Grand Rapids Join Chemical Bank and Guest Speaker Renwick Brutus, for a Lunch & Learn seminar. This event is designed to ...
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IRS Virtual Presentation: New Business Owners – Avoid the Top Tax Mistakes

IRS Virtual Presentation: New Business Owners - Avoid the Top Tax Mistakes Webinar on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am GROW is proud to provide many resources and connections entrepreneurs and small business owners throughout West Michigan. The Internal Revenue Service is reaching out to organizations ...
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Now Accepting Open Nominations for Women in Business Awards

Now Accepting Open Nominations for Women in Business Awards We will honor three recipients at annual Seeds of GROWth Luncheon on October 13; nominations open until September 11 New this year, we are opening nominations for our Annual Women in Business Awards - which are presented at our Seeds of GROWth Luncheon. Help ...
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Pure Michigan Microlending Initiative with MEDC & Huntington Bank.

Pure Michigan Microlending Initiative with MEDC & Huntington Bank. GROW is proud to be involved and a part of the Pure Michigan Microloan Initiative. You can download a PDF of our brochure for more information and details about the program, or get more information about our Microlending programs now. As Michigan ...
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The Importance of Knowing Your Customer

The Importance of Knowing Your Customer Knowing your customer is key for any business endeavor. Successful business owners understand what their customers want and the most effective way of making their product or service available. The depth of knowledge is also crucial – it requires knowing more than their names, ...
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National Women’s Business Council Supplier Diversity Study

The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is conducting a study on how corporate supplier diversity programs can help women-owned businesses grow. As part of the research for this study, we are inviting women business owners in our database to complete a survey about their experiences in the corporate market. Whether ...
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Entrepreneurial Insider

An informative segment via The Entrepreneurial Insider with Shelley Irwin on WGVU Radio. The session covers Business Research. Guests include Jamaal Ewing, Microloan Program Manager for GROW and Grand Rapids Public Library Business Librarian Steve Assarian. https://soundcloud.com/growbusiness-org/tms-mon-wed-fri-hour-2 ...
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LinkedIn – How to Make the World’s Largest Professional Network Work for You

When LinkedIn launched in 2003, it changed the status of building relationships and has continued to refine and define the importance of online business networking and branding.  LinkedIn gives individuals and businesses a professional online community to meet, socialize, interact, and learn from each other. Unlike most social channels, time ...
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Entrepreneurial Insider

An informative segment via The Entrepreneurial Insider with Shelley Irwin on WGVU Radio. The session is about transitioning from freelance to full-time business ownership with Mary Brown, Program Manager at GROW and special guest Veronica Kirin of Green Cup Design. https://soundcloud.com/growbusiness-org/tms-friday-82-h2#t=1:27 ...
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Four Key Strategies for Starting in Business

Starting out in business can be very overwhelming. We've heard many times from our clients that coming up with the idea was the easiest thing to accomplish on their road to successful entrepreneurship. To help with some of the hurdles you may be encountering, adopt these four strategies: 1. Surround ...
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“Dream Big” This National Small Business Week, May 4-8

With apologies to baseball and your mother’s apple pie, nothing is more American than National Small Business Week. Our country was founded by risk-taking pioneers in search of new horizons. More than two centuries later, what sets America apart in the world is the willingness of our entrepreneurs to take ...
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Volunteering Can Help You GROW!

Volunteering isn’t just something nice that people do - volunteers are critical partners in GROW’s quest to serve those seeking economic independence through launching, expanding and sustaining their businesses. Our volunteers have an enormous impact on our day-to-day operations and also through our monthly workshops and training sessions and special ...
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Learn How to Help Your Business Grow by Using SBA Services

GROW is proud to host the SBA Dialogue with the Director Roundtable on Wednesday, April 29 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am at YWCA West Central Michigan in Grand Rapids.  SBA District Director Gerald Moore will host a small business roundtable that gives you an opportunity to talk about your business goals ...
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Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program Now Accepting Applications Before 4/20

Are you the owner or co-owner of a business that has been in operation for at least two years? Does your business have a minimum of $150,000 in revenues? Do you employ at least 4 people? Are you passionate about growth? Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a $500 million ...
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National Women’s Business Council Launches #HerOwnBoss

The National Women's business announced yesterday a story-telling project - #HerOwnBoss - that highlights women entrepreneurs and their journeys to success. The project features mini-profiles of women entrepreneurs, within which they share honest advice, important truths and inspiring stories. "Women are the fastest growing segment of business owners – yet we ...
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Join Us For The Gazelle Girl Half Marathon and 5k

Spring is just around the corner - grab your girlfriends, mothers, sisters, cousins, grandmas, aunts, or a co-worker and sign up for the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon and 5k on Sunday, April 19th. Whether you are looking to complete your first 5k or half marathon or are looking to set ...
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Only Five Days Left to Register for EntrepreneurYOU

The most comprehensive day of empowering women for business results is Wednesday, February 25th. EntrepreneurYou is designed to teach women with a passion for entrepreneurship about the challenges and opportunities women encounter as they start and grow their businesses. Sessions are split into three categories so participants can learn about ...
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Everyone Wins

Everyone Wins By Jamiel Robinson Can everyone win socioeconomically in Grand Rapids?  If we were to base our answers off of the current data the answer would unequivocally be NO! Grand Rapids currently ranks 51 out of 52 as worst cities economically for Blacks (http://www.grbj.com/articles/81533-grand-rapids-ranks-among-worst-economically-for-african-americans). Also, nearly 45% of Black ...
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Leadership Skills for a Changing World

Everything in business has changed dramatically in the last 50 years except one key thing - management. That's why this year's Leadership Institute theme is "Leadership Skills for a Changing World". We've entered into the "Coordination Era" which emphasizes mobilization, coordination, cooperation and collaboration. The problem is we are taking this ...
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GVSU Women’s Symposium, Coming Up March 13, 2015

Develop Your Entrepreneurial Mindset GVSU Women's Symposium, Coming Up March 13, 2015 Entrepreneurial efforts are in full affect in the city of Grand Rapids and more importantly, at Grand Valley State University. This educational conference, hosted by GVSU's Richard M. and Helen DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and The Seidman ...
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Entrepreneurial Insider – Financial Planning for Small Business

Financial Planning for Small Business Entrepreneurial Insider on WGVU Radio Listen in on the 4th Friday of each month to WGVU Public Radio with Shelley Irwin as we discuss the latest topics and trends that entrepreneurs should be aware of, along with local success stories.  Tune in! December 22, 2014 ...
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Speakers Needed

We're looking for speakers for the 2015 EntrepreneurYou Conference.  Download and Fill out the application for consideration. Deadline is 12/19/14 ...
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Chuck’s Auto Repair Plans Expansion

Chuck’s Auto Repair has been in business for 2 years since they obtained their Microloan from GROW in May 2012 after being denied by several banks and opened for business in July using the funds for start-up costs and working capital. They have been profitable each year since opening and ...
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Success Comes In Every Color – WGVU Radio

Entrepreneurial Insider with Shelley Irwin Listen to this informative segment from October 24, 2014 ...
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Entrepreneurial Bootstrapping with WGVU Radio

Entrepreneurial Insider An informative segment via The Entrepreneurial Insider with Shelley Irwin on WGVU Radio. This month is about Entrepreneurial Bootstrapping with Mary Brown, Program Manager at GROW and special guest Feme Naigow of Apsara Spa ...
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Thanks to Mayor Heartwell for promoting the Seeds of GROWth Conference & Luncheon!

Thanks to Mayor Heartwell for the shout out for Seeds of GROWth  Conference & Luncheon! Watch the video and learn more about Seeds of GROWth 2015, and how you can be a part of it. Post by Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) ...
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Entrepreneurial Insider – First Segment on WGVU Radio

Entrepreneurial Insider | First Segment 8-22-14 In August, we begin a new segment, “The Entrepreneurial Insider” with Shelley Irwin on WGVU Public Radio. OUr staff and participants will be sharing their practical advice every month on this special segment. In this segment, CEO of GROW, Bonnie Nawara, sets the scene for us ...
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GROW Awarded Funding for Microlending Program for Muskegon County

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) has received funding to launch a microloan program in Muskegon County. This funding can be used to assist those small businesses who are interested in starting a business or need to grow their business. GROW’s microloan program as well as its programs and services ...
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