Our Mission

 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.


Speakers Needed

For the 2015 EntrepreneurYou Conference.  Click here to fill out the application for consideration. Deadline is 12/19/14.

GROW Welcomes Jamaal Ewing


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., October 31, 2014 – Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) is pleased to announce the hiring of Jamaal Ewing.



GROW is happy to announce that Jamaal Ewing has accepted the position as GROW’s Microloan Program Manager.    Jamaal is an experienced banking and lending professional, with over seven years of experience in investments, loans and business lending in the West Michigan area.  Jamaal received his MBA and Bachelor of Business Administration from Western Michigan University – Haworth College.

We are excited to have Jamaal join the GROW team.


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.


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  Administration. All opinions, conclusions, or recommendations expressed are

  those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.



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