Learn more about some of the SpringGR graduates and their businesses.
"I close my eyes and envision myself where I see myself years from now."
Alisha Lauchié graduated from the SGR Training Experience in 2018. She's the founder of Five14. Five14 is a handmade soy candle company that provides strong fragrances that you love with inspirational designs.
"When we started Bare All Clothing and when we started making money, It became apparent to me that I didn't want to work for anybody."
- Jovan Naves, Owner
Jovan has been self employed as of October 2017. He runs BAC Print and Bare All Clothing out of Lifequest Ministries in SE Grand Rapids.
"I wanted my daughter to love her hair in its natural state. It motivated me to start researching and learning about natural hair products. It made me want a store where I would be able to help people find products for their natural hair."
- Kayon Crosby, Owner
Kayon opened her storefront location in 2017 and has dreams of expanding. Kayon is currently participating in our 12 week training experience at our Kentwood location.
"I make coffee but I meet people for three minutes each day. I try to get to know them in those three minutes that it takes to make their drink. I focus on relationships but I make coffee first."
- Pete McGowan, Owner
Pete McGowan is passionate about coffee and community. He's known for knowing every customer and their coffee order.
"If you want to start your own business and don't have the funds to do so there are many resources and programs out there that can assist you. I would definitely recommend taking classes through SpringGR. The things you will learn and the connections that you will make are priceless."
- Jerica Buchanan, Owner
Jerica Buchanan has always had a passion for baking! She recently launched The Vegan Cheesecake Company. She is hoping to stock her cheesecakes in local grocery stores.
Connie Croom was trained by a master tailor and received a certificate in custom alterations. She has over 25 years of experience!
Stephanie Dolly is committed to making fresh baked goods and delivering them with a smile! She gives each order her personal attention to create something extra special.