Business Lending Solutions from GROW

Our business loans and lending options are designed to help entrepreneurs start or grow their small businesses, especially when traditional financing is not available.

First, the loan is just half of GROW’s lending program. We want to make sure that you have the support you need be successful, so we will follow up with you regularly to see how we can be of assistance and to connect you with other resources that will benefit you as a business owner. To start this process, you will need to attend our free Intro to GROW class before we close on a loan. It is offered on the first and third Thursday of every month at noon and 6:00 pm. Sign up on our calendar here

The lending program is available to small or start-up businesses located in the nine-county West Michigan area. Applicants are required to complete the loan application, and will also be asked to provide personal financial statements, a business plan with projections, and other supporting documents.

For a checklist of required documents, you will need, click the link below. If you don’t have this information, don’t worry – we can help!

Download Required Application Documents Checklist  (PDF)


Lending Impact Continues to Expand

GROW 2017 Economic Impact - Diversity


100% of loan customers receive support in the form of free business counseling, expert coaching, and access to classes/ training.

Who We Serve

  • 46% Underserved Communities
  • 62% Women-Owned
  • 59% Start-ups

Industry Breakdown

  • 9% Manufacturing
  • 4% Transportation
  • 20% Retail Trade
  • 11% Tourism/Hospitality
  • 56% Services


Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI)

In 2016, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) received the designation of a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in addition to their existing loan program. A CDFI is a private financial institution that provides loans to small business owners, entrepreneurs, and community organization that might not qualify for loans for banks for a variety of reasons. Many times, lending is focused on low-income, disadvantaged, and underserved communities. CDFIs are certified by the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, which provides funds to CDFIs through a variety of programs.

CDFIs are part of a national network promoting economic growth in America’s underserved communities by financing businesses, creating jobs, and rebuilding neighborhoods.


Loan Uses

Our loans range from $1,000 to $50,000 or more, and may be used for any of the following:

  • purchase of needed business equipment (such as machinery, fixtures, or furniture)
  • purchase of supplies, materials, or inventory
  • working capital
  • removable leasehold improvements

Loan funds cannot be used for the following:

  • salary or owner’s draw
  • down payment on real estate
  • real estate purchase
  • payroll taxes

If you’d like to talk more about our business lending options including Microlending, Small Business Loans and other funds or potential partnerships, please contact us today.