Career and Networking Resources

AIGA West Michigan

westmichigan.aiga.org

Contact: (212) 807-1990

Purpose: To unite a group of professionals and students with diverse backgrounds and a common interest in design. Focuses on inspiring members, learning new things, and connecting with each other and the community.

American Advertising Federation of West Michigan

aafwmi.org

Contact: admin@aafwmi.org

Purpose: For advertising and marketing professionals. Activities include industry advocacy, social and community events and educational programs.

AimWest

aimwest.org

Contact: membership@aimwest.org

Purpose: To support and promote the growth of the interactive and technology industries throughout West Michigan.

American Marketing Association of West Michigan

amawestmichigan.org

Contact: info@amawestmichigan.org

Purpose: To provide solid, marketing-oriented programs, unique and fun networking events and introductions to key marketing professionals at premier regional companies.

Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance

afwa.org

Contact: afwa@afwa.org

Purpose: To help women in all accounting and related fields achieve their full potential and contribute to the development of their profession.

Associated Builders & Contractors, West MI Chapter

abcwmc.org

Contact: (616) 942-9960

Purpose: An association of general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and associates who work together to improve the construction industry.

Association of Fundraising Professionals, West MI Chapter

afpwm.org

Contact: (616) 222-6144 or deb.odonnell@aquinas.edu

Purpose: Advancing philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice effective and ethical fundraising.

Association of Information Technology Professionals

aitp.org

Purpose: Facilitate awareness and effective use of information technology, and provide members with leadership opportunities.

Bl2end: Business Leaders Linked to Encourage New Directions

grblend.org

Contact: info@bl2end.com

Purpose: To foster an environment where young professionals of color can connect with each other, develop professionally and contribute to the local community.

Creative Mornings Breakfast Lecture Series

Creative Mornings

creativemornings.com/cities/gr

Contact: Form located at creativemornings.com/cities/gr/about

Purpose: To create an accessible, inspiring morning event for people to meet. Some have called it “TED for the rest of us.”

The Factory

workthefactory.com

Contact: (616) 803-9131 or hello@workthefactory.com

Purpose: The Factory is a coworking space in downtown Grand Rapids designed for collaboration. In the process of coming to get work done, independent workers, small teams and corporate groups often stumble into unexpected conversations with one another. Serendipity, packaged in a trendy space with comfy chairs.

Economic Club of Grand Rapids

econclub.net

Contact: (616) 454-1883 or econclubgr@aol.com

Purpose: To promote interest and enlighten members on governmental, economic and social issues that affect the local economy.

Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids

goodwillgr.org

Contact: (616) 532-4200

Purpose: Provides free career planning services and access to computers at The Career Center. No appointment necessary. Goodwill also has job finding and job securing resources including training, placement, counselling, classes and referral programs.

Grand Rapids Association of Realtors

grar.com

Contact: (616) 940-8200 or 888-940-GRAR

Purpose: Advancement of the West Michigan real estate community.

Greater Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

grandrapids.org

Contact: (616) 771-0300

Purpose: Creating opportunities for West Michigan businesses to connect, grow and succeed.

Grand Rapids Bar Association

grbar.org

Contact: (616) 454-5550

Purpose: A climate in which lawyers and judges work together to improve the delivery of legal services.

Grand Rapids Inventors Network (GRIN)

meetup.com/Grand-Rapids-Inventors-Network

Contact: (616) 682-7042 or info@grinventors.org

Purpose: GRIN helps members to further their creative ideas. It’s also a place where inventors, marketers and creative people can learn and network.

Grand Rapids Network After Work

networkafterwork.com/city/grand-rapids

Purpose: To help make valuable connections with other members of your business community while enjoying different Grand Rapids venues.

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW)

growbusiness.org

Contact: (616) 458-3404

Purpose: Providing women with training and networking opportunities to acquire knowledge and develop skills to become economically self-sufficient.

Grand Rapids Young Professionals

gryp.org

Contact: info@gryp.org

Purpose: Dedicated to providing young professionals with the opportunity to interact professionally and socially with each other through get-togethers, volunteer opportunities and leadership roles.

Grant Writers Roundtable

facebook.com/grantwriters

Contact: depolos@gvsu.edu or (616) 331- 6801

Purpose: An informal, monthly lunch group offering practical help and collegial support to attendees.

Grand Rapids Area Professionals for Excellence (GRAPE)

grapegr.org

Contact: Contact@GRAPEgr.org

Purpose: An informal, monthly gathering of business professionals to network and learn from one another.

Greater Grand Rapids Association for Human Resource Management

ahrm.net

Contact: membership@ahrm.net

Purpose: To provide information, professional development, and networking opportunities to human resource professionals.

Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council

ggrwhc.org

Contact: (616) 574-7307 or info@ggrwhc.org

Purpose: Dedicated to educating the community and celebrating the legacies of local women, preserving knowledge of their past and inspiring visions for their future.

Hello West Michigan

hellowestmichigan.com

Contact: (616) 818-9080 or brownc@hellowestmichigan.com

Purpose: To promote West Michigan as a place where business thrives and people want to live and work. Collaborates with organizations across the region to help new residents find their fit in West Michigan.

Hire for Hope

hireforhope.com

Contact: (616) 881 3309 or hello@hireforhope.com

Purpose:  A recruiting firm focused on cultivating relationships to place both permanent and temporary employees in sales, supply chain and operations, while giving back and investing in local charities supporting suppressed women in our community.

Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids

mygrhome.com

Contact: (616) 281-2021 ext. 254 or pat.lewis@hbaggr.com

Purpose: Networking opportunities, educational programs, insurance and group benefits, legal advice and more.

Hook a Sista Up Collaborative

hasu1.net

Contact: (704) 701-4719

Purpose: Help women entrepreneurs  raise awareness for their businesses, and foster relationships with other women entrepreneurs as they launch  and sustain their businesses through collaboration and mentorship.

Inforum

inforummichigan.org

Contact: (616) 588-9400

Purpose: Providing networking opportunities for businesswomen to connect, discuss civic and business issues, and advance as leaders.

International Association of Administrative Professionals, Grand Rapids

iaap-hq.org

Purpose: To promote excellence for administrative assistants, executive secretaries, office coordinators, information specialists and related administrative professionals.

Ladies Who UX

ladiesthatux.com/grand-rapids

Purpose: Through events and meet-ups, members are encouraged to engage in meaningful conversations, network with other local professionals, and develop new insights into UX processes and practices.

LinkedUp Grand Rapids

linkedupgr.com

Purpose: A professional online networking group for people in greater Grand Rapids and West Michigan.

Literacy Center

literacycenterwm.org

Contact: (616) 459-5151 or LCWM@literacycenterwm.org

Purpose: Programs that aid in improving literacy including English classes for adults in the workforce, as well as job seekers

Little Space Studio

littlespacestudio.com

Contact: (616) 260-2527 or info@littlespacestudio.com

Purpose: A community-driven incubator and work facilitator for creative professionals, freelancers and contractors in the Grand Rapids area while also functioning as a creative studio for agencies and businesses in search of talent.

LocalFirst LocalMotion Awards

Local First West Michigan

localfirst.com

Contact: (616) 808-3788

Purpose: To encourage the development of a vibrant, sustainable West Michigan economy by promoting local business ownership, social equity and environmental kinship through education, support and collaboration.

Michigan Nurses Association

minurses.org

Contact: minurses@minurses.org or (517) 349-5640 or 888-MI-NURSE

Purpose: Providing educational opportunities and comprehensive services that advance the careers of registered nurses.

Michigan Small Business Development Center

sbdcmichigan.org

Contact: (616) 331-7480 or SBDCMichigan@gvsu.edu

Purpose: To provide services and support to the Michigan small business community in the areas of counsel, training, research and advocacy. Serves Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon Counties.

Michigan Women’s Foundation

miwf.org

Contact: (616) 765-4230 or support@miwf.org

Purpose: To promote economic self-sufficiency and personal wellbeing for women and girls and to maximize their contributions to society.

Michigan Women’s Marketplace

miwomen.com

Contact: (734) 677-1400 or info@miwomen.com

Purpose: An online information center for women business owners featuring articles, links and resources and business tools.

Michigan Works!

michiganworks.org

Contact: (517) 371-1100 or 1-800-285-WORKS (9675)

Purpose: Provides assistance to job seekers in preparing for career opportunities and helps businesses find qualified employees.

Multiracial Association of Professionals (MAP)

grandrapids.org/events-programs

Purpose: Dedicated to connecting professional newcomers of color to the community through luncheons, tours and other events.

National Association of Legal Professionals of West Michigan (NALS)

nalsofwmi.org

Contact: (616) 752-2494 or lphilp@wnj.com

Purpose: Enhancing the knowledge of its members through continuing legal education, certifications, resource materials and networking opportunities.

National Association of Social Workers, (NASW) Mi Chapter

socialworkers.org or nasw-michigan.org

Contact: (517) 487-1548 or office@nasw-michigan.org

Purpose: To enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards and to advance sound social policies.

National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), GR Chapter

nawic194.org

Purpose: To enhance the success of women in the construction industry through scholarships, job site tours and industry speakers.

Neighborhood Ventures

Contact: (616) 301-3929 or info@neighborhoodventures.org

Purpose: NV is an information and advocacy organization for neighborhood businesses and districts.

Rotary Club Service Above Self Award Dinner

Rotary Club of Grand Rapids

grrotary.org

Contact: (616) 459-5640 or rotary@grrotary.org

Purpose: To provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to help build goodwill and peace in our community.

SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business

grandrapids.score.org

Contact: (616) 771-0305 or rlwalker@att.net

Purpose: Delivering free, confidential, valuable advice for your start-up or existing business needs.

Seemless IoT

seamlessaccelerator.com

Contact: info@seamlessloT.com

Purpose: Giving selected startups access to intellectual and commercialization resources that will help them explore new market opportunities.

Small Business Resource Center (in the GR Public Library)

grpl.org

Contact: (616) 988-5400

Purpose: To provide business information and classes to start, manage and grow your business.

Society of Women Engineers

societyofwomenengineers.swe.org

Contact: 1-(877) 793-4636

Purpose: SWE gives women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry.

Start Garden

startgarden.com

Contact: hello@startgarden.com

Purpose: A multi-million dollar fund investing $5,000 into a new idea each month with the general public endorsing 5×5 candidates.

Toastmasters International

toastmasters.org

Contact: 1-(949) 858-8255

Purpose: Members learn to improve their communication and leadership skills by attending and participating in meetings.

The Right Place Inc.

rightplace.org

Contact: (616) 771-0325 or info@rightplace.org

Purpose: To promote wealth creation and economic growth in the areas of quality employment, productivity and innovation in West Michigan.

Unstoppable Women’s Networking

meetup.com/womennetworking

Purpose: To provide home-based entrepreneurs the benefits of being included in a business community to make connections that lead to inspiration and leadership.

West Michigan Public Relations Society of America (WMPRSA)

wmprsa.org

Contact: wmprsa@gmail.com

Purpose: To help public relations professionals develop the knowledge and skills needed for effective organization management.

Women in Successful Enterprises (WISE)

wiseconnections.org

Contact: (517) 645-4387 or info@wiseconnections.org

Purpose: To foster an environment of growth and support where businesswomen connect with each other.

Women In Development (WID)

Contact: marysumners@yahoo.com

Purpose: Meets at Wolfgang’s in Eastown on the last Thursday of each month from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. for breakfast, networking and support. There are no dues, no rules and no obligation.

Women’s Resource Center of Greater Grand Rapids

grwrc.org

Contact: (616) 458-5443 or info@grwrc.org

Purpose: A career development agency, serving women of all economic and social backgrounds.

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Greater Grand Rapids

ynpngr.org

Contact: info@ynpngr.org

Purpose: To provide emerging non-profit leaders under age 40 with opportunities for professional development, education, and networking.


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