Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) announces two new staff members to their growing team. Annie Trupke joins as Administrative Assistant, and Jill May joins as the new Director of Lending Programs. The addition of these two professionals will support GROW in their mission to serve women and men entrepreneurs throughout West Michigan, including the recent expansion to the lakeshore.

“Our organization is now fully staffed, which will allow us to better serve our clients and cover more of West Michigan with our lending programs and strong technical assistance to support our clients post loan,” said Bonnie Nawara, CEO of GROW.

As Director of Lending Programs, Jill May will assist clients with all aspects of loan application preparation and submission. She will also oversee GROW’s loan portfolio, loan products and monitor both internal and external loan environments to deliver the best loan products and assistance to GROW clients. May is a Grand Rapids native and brings 20 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector having worked at the Frey Foundation, The Right Place, UICA, and most recently as the Interim Executive Director of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce.

Nawara adds, “Jill is a lifelong nonprofit professional, dedicated to helping make the community a better place to live, work, and play. We are thrilled to have her on board and overseeing our loan programs.”

As Administrative Assistant, Annie Trupke will be the first point of contact for all GROW constituents. She brings a strong administrative and customer care experience to the role at GROW.

“Our organization needed someone that is strong in admin capabilities, but is also able to work with and serve our growing organization and our clients. We are happy to have Annie on our team,” said Nawara.

About GROW: Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) is an organization focused on women and men at various stages of business ownership. They are the entrepreneurial resource throughout West Michigan to help entrepreneurs take the next step, empowering and supporting them with professional expertise for a lifetime. More than half of those GROW serves are low to moderate income individuals who want to start or build their business.

GROW offers professional, high-quality training and business counseling in all facets of business, including finance, management, marketing, strategic planning, human resources, and more. GROW is one of only 110 certified Women’s Business Centers in the nation, and one of three in Michigan, all in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Learn more about GROW here.

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