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Seeds of GROWth Conference & Luncheon 2013

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW)

Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM (EDT)

Grand Rapids, MI

Seeds of GROWth Conference & Luncheon 2013

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Conference & Luncheon (Public/Non-AWE Member)
General Public Registration for both Conference and Luncheon
Ended $105.00 $0.00
Conference & Luncheon (AWE Member)
AWE Member Registration for both Conference and Luncheon
Ended $85.00 $0.00
Seeds of GROWth Luncheon
RSVP to Luncheon Only (11:30 am to 1:30 pm)
Ended $60.00 $0.00
Conference Only (AWE Member) Ended $50.00 $0.00
Conference Only (Public/Non-AWE Member) Ended $70.00 $0.00
Display Table (AWE Member)   more info Ended $50.00 $0.00
Display Table (Public/Non-AWE Member)   more info Ended $65.00 $0.00

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Event Details

Thursday, October 17, 2013
7:30am–1:30pm
JW Marriott
245 Louis Campau Promenade NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


The Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), A Division of GROW, is proud to present The Seeds of GROWth Conference from 7:30am–11:05am. There will be three tracks: Connections, Education, and Leadership and breakout sessions within each track. Attendees will have the opportunity to network prior to the conference and visit display tables from local businesses, AWE members, and vendors.

GROW will be hosting the luncheon immediately following the conference from 12:00pm–1:30pm. The luncheon will include an awards ceremony, fundraising information, and other GROW programming.This event brings GROW businesses and supporters together to celebrate our successes over the past year, to recognize our participants and volunteers for the dedication and hard work, to raise funds for our programming, and to look forward to the impact we will have in West Michigan for the coming year.


Parking

Parking in the JW Marriott ramp will be the most convenient. You will be able to park, and then walk on the skywalk to the second level of the hotel which enters at the conference center. At that entry, there will be a parking attendant to validate parking. As long as you see the parking attendant any time during the conference or luncheon, you will only be charged $6 for parking. You must see the attendant to get this rate!

 

Conference Information

Registration and check-in for the conference begins at 7:30am. We will be checking in attendees until the conference begins at 8:15am, and will have staff available to help anyone who comes in late. Everyone accounted for on our guest list will have a name badge. If you were unable to send a guest list as part of your sponsorship, we will have a special table for attendees to check-in by the company or contact name and we will make them a nametag.

There should be plenty of seating available for each of the conference sessions. If you would like to plan ahead and pick which sessions to attend, you can find the schedule here.

 

Lunch Registration

Luncheon registration will begin at 11:30am and run until 12:00pm. During this time, participants are also encouraged to visit display tables. Your table number for lunch seating will be on your nametag. At 11:50am, attendees will be asked to begin sitting at the tables as we get ready for lunch and our programming.

 

 Schedule & Conference Sessions

7:30am–8:15am

Conference registration, display tables, and networking. Complimentary coffee and breakfast.

8:15-9:05am

Leadership: "Competing in a male-dominated industry: lessons learned- Helen Zeerip, Teddy’s Transport
Connections: "Gain business where you live, work and play" - Sara Fazio, Kreis Enderle Hudgins & Borsos P.C.
Education: "Alternative Capital" (Panel Discussion) - Tami VandenBerg (The Pyramid Scheme, Meanwhile Bar), Amanda Chocko (Start Garden), Bill Hahn (GROW), Carolyn Cassin (Michigan Women's Foundation)

9:05–9:15am: Break

9:15am–10:05am

Leadership: "Winning Conversations that Influence, Persuade and Increase Sales Results!" - Joan Epperson, Global Business Solutions & Associates, LLC
Connections: "Generational Differences in the Workplace" - Janis Petrini and Jocelyn Hodack, Express Employment Professionals
Education: "Healthcare Reform for Small Business" - Tina Frisbey, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

10:05-10:15am: Break

10:15am–11:05am

Leadership: "When No is Okay! - making the right decisions for YOUR small business" - Kasie Smith, West Michigan Woman Magazine
Connections: "Social Media for Small Business" - Deidra McClelland, The Skye Group
Education: "Alternative Capital" (Panel Discussion) - Tami VandenBerg (The Pyramid Scheme, Meanwhile Bar), Amanda Chocko (Start Garden), Bill Hahn (GROW), Carolyn Cassin (Michigan Women's Foundation)

11:30am–11:50am

Display tables and networking. Lunch seating begins at 11:50am.

12:00pm–1:30pm

Luncheon, awards ceremony, and fundraising programming. 

 

What is GROW?

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) is a 23-year-old, non-profit organization that exists to provide education, connections, and resources that create and strengthen women-owned businesses. Every day GROW trains, educates, counsels, and mentors local entrepreneurs because GROW understands that entrepreneurship fuels Michigan's economic engine, and serves as a key means for families to support themselves as well as create jobs for others.


What is AWE?

The Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) is a networking division of Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) offering training and support for professional business women. AWE represents all facets of women-owned businesses and professionals. Our members range from sole proprietors to corporations with over 200 employees; from service companies to manufacturing and construction companies; from revenues under $50,000 to sales exceeding $10 million.

 

Registration Cancellation

Registration and pre-payment must be received to guarantee a seat at the event. A limited number of spots may be available the day of the event, but admittance will not be guaranteed without pre-payment. Tickets can be canceled and refunded in full if done two weeks prior to the event (5pm on October 3). No refunds will be issued after October 3. 

Have questions about Seeds of GROWth Conference & Luncheon 2013? Contact Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW)

When & Where


JW Marriott
235 Louis Campau Promenade NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM (EDT)


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Organizer

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW)

The Division of Established Women Business Owners will conduct quarterly meetings to provide insights into succession planning and restructuring, processes and procedures, philanthropy, organizational development and more.

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