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 Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) is a service focused on women at various stages of business ownership.  We are the entrepreneurial resource to help women take the next step, empowering and supporting them with professional expertise for a lifetime.

 

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For over 23 years, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) has been West Michigan’s source for relevant training, tools, and techniques to entrepreneurs and small business owners.

    * Have you decided that now is the time to be your own boss?

    * Are you an entrepreneur looking for guidance?

    * Do you need to write a business plan but don’t know where to start?

    * Are you looking for financing but aren’t sure of your options?

    * Would you like to expand your business but need a marketing plan to make it happen?

You have come to the right place.  Since 1989, GROW has been working with thousands entrepreneurs just like you; all with dreams of becoming economically independent. GROW’s entrepreneurial training, counseling, and networking opportunities provide you with the tools you need to start, run, sustain, and expand your business. Whether the topic is finance, management, marketing, or strategic planning, GROW offers professional, high-quality training and business counseling.

GROW is one of only 110 certified Women Business Centers in the nation, and one of three in the State of Michigan, all in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Success stories range from builders to manufacturers, farmers to restaurateurs, salon owners to dog walkers, and health care providers to graphic designers.

Now it’s your turn. Whether you are a start-up or an established business owner, let GROW guide you to business and economic success.

 

Thanks to Mayor Heartwell for promoting the Seeds of GROWth Conference & Luncheon! 

See video here.

 

Entreprenuer Insider on The Morning Show With Shelley Irwin on 88.5 FM

Listen in on the 4th Friday of each month as we discuss the latest topics and trends that entrepreneurs should be aware of, along with local success stories.  Tune in!

 

GROW Annual Report - 2013

Check out GROW's annual report for 2013.  Thank you for all your support.  Click here to read the report.

 

 

GROW Announces New Hires

Mary Brown and Danielle Brauer to join GROW staff

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., July 30, 2014 – Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) is pleased to announce the hiring of two new staff members, Mary Brown and Danielle Brauer.

 

GROW is happy to announce that Mary Brown has accepted the position as GROW’s new Program Manager.    Mary is an experienced Organizational Learning and Development professional, with over 12 years of experience in guiding organizational effectiveness, talent development and performance management.  Mary has extensive knowledge in Human Centered Design methods, designing, developing and launching training programs, as well as entrepreneurial experience.  Mary is pursuing her Doctorate at Pepperdine University, she has her Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University and she received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.

 

GROW also welcomes to its staff, Danielle Brauer as the new Financial Manager.  Danielle received her degree in Accounting Information Management from Davenport University.  Danielle comes to us with experience in accounting practices while working for some of our community’s largest restaurant groups.  Danielle will be responsible for the financial aspects of GROW as well as the SBA financial reporting.

 

We are excited to have Mary and Danielle join the GROW team. 

 

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) is a service focused on women at various stages of business ownership.  We are the entrepreneurial resource to help women take the next step, empowering and supporting them with professional expertise for a lifetime.

 

To learn more about GROW’s services, programs or microloan program contact Bonnie Nawara at 616.458.3404 or [email protected].

 

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