Spartan Stores yesRewards Opportunity for GROW and AWE Businesses
yesRewards Partner Program
How this program works:
As a partner, you offer a discount, perk, or coupon to your customers who use a Spartan Stores yesRewards card with your business. Spartan Stores will provide ongoing marketing support of the businesses and organizations they partner with. These may include:
- Promotion of partnerships in Spartan Stores weekly ad, directing them to in-store, online or mobile sites for details
- Inclusion of program in Spartan Stores weekly email blasts (over 480,000 sent weekly)
- Inclusion on Spartan Stores banner websites
- Promoted via Spartan Stores web banner ads
- Promoted via Spartan Stores in-store radio
- Promoted via Spartan Stores special promotions or events
Some restrictions apply and all businesses may not qualify. Contact Deidra McClelland for more information. GROW does not endorse this program, but it could be of benefit to your business.
GROW Now Offers SBA Microloans to Small Business Owners
in 9 West Michigan Counties
Posted June 26, 2012
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- One year after launching a pilot microloan program benefiting Kent County businesses, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) has joined the ranks of only six other Michigan non-profits, as a Small Business Administration (SBA) intermediary microlender. GROW is the only microlender in West Michigan to offer SBA microloans. Microloans range from $1,000 to $50,000 and are available to business owners in the counties of Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, Newaygo, Montcalm, Ionia, Barry, Allegan, or Kalamazoo. GROW will offer technical assistance to loan recipients to provide continued support and growth of their businesses. Read more...
AARP/SBA Partnership to Support Encore Entrepreneurship
Posted June 8, 2012
The SBA has set up a dedicated web page for Americans over the age of 50 featuring a an online self-assessment tool that will help potential small business owners understand their readiness for starting a business. It also provides information to help with businesses planning and shaping a winning business idea, professional counseling, financial services and access to local resources for encore entrepreneurs. Read more...
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Posted May 23, 2012
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service is marking Small Business Week, May 20 to 26, by encouraging small business owners to check out two key tax credits and a special relief program that could provide significant tax benefits during 2012.
Both the expanded credit for hiring veterans and the credit for employer-provided health care coverage can provide tax savings to eligible small businesses when they file their 2012 federal income tax returns. In addition, substantial relief from past payroll tax obligations is available to eligible employers who agree to reclassify their workers as employees in the future. Here are details on each of these benefits. Read more...
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Posted April 3, 2012
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – To culminate Women’s History Month, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA) held their first RemArKAble Women Banquet on March 25 to celebrate women with entrepreneurial spirit, tenacity, and innovation. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) was honored and received a RemArKAble Women Award, alongside Jessica Ann Tyson (Events by Jessica Ann), Alice Kennedy (KMR Diversity Theatre), Dr. Patricia Pulliam (The Grand Rapids Times), and Nicolle Wills (JNicolle Salon Boutique & Spa). Read more...
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Blast! Provides Women Resources to Scale Up Small Biz
MiBiz Small Biz 3.21.2012 by Ruth Terry
Women entrepreneurs often encounter a glass ceiling of sorts even within their own businesses, but a nonprofit business accelerator is hoping a yearlong training program will help break that barrier. New York nonprofit Count Me In and Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women kicked off the Blast! Grand Rapids program last fall with a series of “pitch parties” — weekly events where women practiced pitching live before competing for a place in the accelerator early in October. (Read More)
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Original Air Date: January 18
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