Career and Networking Resources

AIGA West Michigan

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


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



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

American Marketing Association of West Michigan


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


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

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

Contact: (616) 222-6144 or

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

Association of Information Technology Professionals

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

Bl2end: Business Leaders Linked to Encourage New Directions


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

Contact: Form located at

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

The Factory

Contact: (616) 803-9131 or

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

Contact: (616) 454-1883 or

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

Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids

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

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

Purpose: Advancement of the West Michigan real estate community.

Greater Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

Contact: (616) 771-0300

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

Grand Rapids Bar Association

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)

Contact: (616) 682-7042 or

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

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)

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


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

Contact: 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)


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

Greater Grand Rapids Association for Human Resource Management


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

Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council

Contact: (616) 574-7307 or

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

Contact: (616) 818-9080 or

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

Contact: (616) 881 3309 or

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

Contact: (616) 281-2021 ext. 254 or

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

Hook a Sista Up Collaborative

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.


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

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

Ladies Who UX

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

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

Literacy Center

Contact: (616) 459-5151 or

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

Little Space Studio

Contact: (616) 260-2527 or

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

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

Contact: 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

Contact: (616) 331-7480 or

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

Contact: (616) 765-4230 or

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

Michigan Women’s Marketplace

Contact: (734) 677-1400 or

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

Michigan Works!

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)

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)

Contact: (616) 752-2494 or

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 or

Contact: (517) 487-1548 or

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

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

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

Contact: (616) 459-5640 or

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

Contact: (616) 771-0305 or

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

Seemless IoT


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)

Contact: (616) 988-5400

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

Society of Women Engineers

Contact: 1-(877) 793-4636

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

Start Garden


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

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.

Contact: (616) 771-0325 or

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

Unstoppable Women’s Networking

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)


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

Women in Successful Enterprises (WISE)

Contact: (517) 645-4387 or

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

Women In Development (WID)


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

Contact: (616) 458-5443 or

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

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Greater Grand Rapids


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



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