SpringGR is a grassroots business training experience that uses the business model canvas (think of it like a road map for starting a business) to help entrepreneurs develop their business idea or business. Over the course of 12 weeks, we bring people together in small groups, teach the business process, and provide coaching.
We believe in the power of networks. For two years following graduation, SpringGR acts as a bridge to connect graduates to other resources throughout Grand Rapids to further grow and develop their businesses. Our graduates also reach out to one another, offering encouragement, support, and assistance in their business endeavors.
SpringGR started because we believe there are people in our community with great business ideas that need training, support, and financial capital to start and grow their businesses.
The dictionary defines "entrepreneur" as a person who organizes or operates a business. But it's so much more than that. It's about being the type of person who is willing to take a risk and work to build a business. Entrepreneurs are putting themselves out there, they're turning their idea into something real. You can be an entrepreneur.
A spring is a resilient device that can be pressed or pulled, then leaps forward when released. Our entrepreneurs are the spring. SpringGR acts as the force to push or pull, giving the entrepreneur the resources they need to leap and reach their goals.