Nonprofit receives grant to expand services


Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women, or GROW, is a nonprofit that's "focused on women at various stages of business ownership." Photo via

A local nonprofit focused on helping women-owned businesses has received funding for an expansion to the lakeshore.

Grand Rapids-based Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women, or GROW, received a $10,000 grant from the Helene D. and Bernath P. Sherwood Jr. Fund of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation.

The grant will help the nonprofit add a full-time staff member dedicated to the lakeshore.

Bonnie Nawara, CEO of GROW, said her organization is “thankful and excited” to expand its service area.

“We serve a nine-county area with a limited staff, and this grant will allow us to have a dedicated person available on the lakeshore on a regular basis,” Nawara said.

GROW will be able to offer more entrepreneurial training programs, business counseling and mentoring to lakeshore residents, as well as business growth, planning and financial classes.

Some of those programs already are being taught on the lakeshore at the Muskegon Innovation Hub of Grand Valley State University.

GROW said before the full-time staff member is added, its representatives will continue to serve entrepreneurs in Muskegon and Grand Haven via regularly scheduled office hours and training classes.


Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women serves women and men at various stages of business ownership, many of them low- to moderate-income individuals.

The nonprofit offers training and business counseling in finance, management, marketing, strategic planning, human resources and more.

In partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, GROW is one of three certified Women’s Business Centers in Michigan and one of 110 in the nation.

Grand Haven Area Community Foundation

Founded in 1971, the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation is a public, charitable organization serving northwest Ottawa County.

The foundation encourages philanthropy by individuals, families, corporations and organizations and serves as a steward of their charitable funds and legacies.

It awards grants, offers technical support to nonprofits, convenes community leaders on issues of importance and advocates for the nonprofit sector.

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