SpringGR has published it's 2016 review - giving an update on the program statistics and the graduates.
Trained by a master tailor, and certified in custom alterations, Connie Croom brings her 25 years of experience to downtown Grand Rapids.
SpringGR grad Jessica Austin has decided that jack-o-lanterns aren’t just for Halloween anymore. Along with her business partner, Ricky Gray, they are taking the art of carving and turning it into a profitable business.
For the first time in SpringGR history, three grads teamed up to officially launch J. Autrey Cosmetics.
With a little help from his friends, Juan Autrey, founder of J. Autrey Cosmetics, celebrated the launch of his new product line of lipsticks.
Latesha Lipscomb isn't just making Grand Rapids a happier home for many in the city, she's showing the world how things get done.
Even though minority-owned businesses in Grand Rapids have grown in number in recent years and organizations like SpringGR have arrived on the scene to support startups in underserved communities, entrepreneurs of color continue to face distinct challenges and longer odds, especially in the capital-intensive high-tech sector.
Alfield Reeves just completed Spring GR, a training, mentoring and networking program. "Spring GR helped me tremendously," he says. "It opened my eyes to a lot of things I wasn't thinking about as a business owner, such as controlling my costs, building a team, understanding my niche and other avenues to expand my business."
There are a variety of services for entrepreneurs in West Michigan but none quite like SpringGR, a hands-on program that provides guidance from idea to ongoing support beyond launch.
Spring GR is a training, mentoring and networking program designed to help budding entrepreneurs in Grand Rapids turn their ideas into thriving businesses. And while it’s focused on the Madison-Hall neighborhood, interested entrepreneurs from outside the neighborhood are taking part in the sessions, too.
For a community to grow, it needs strong entrepreneurial roots to build on. Enter the green thumbs of Kafi and Rudy Carrasco and their team at Partners Worldwide and Restorers Business Partnership, a Christian-based organization which began the SpringGR program on March 19, 2014.