In Ten with Bonnie Nawara

As the CEO of Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW), and board member of the Association of Women Business Centers (AWBC), Bonnie Nawara is excited about the impact of her work. Herself a seasoned small business owner — for 20 years she owned and operated Sir Speedy Printing Center in Grand Rapids— Nawara spends her days working to expand the resources available to women entrepreneurs.

Bonnie Newara, CEO of Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW)

“I love my work at GROW, because we are empowering women to be self-sufficient,” she said.

A Grand Rapids native, Nawara has worked with a number of organizations— including the West Michigan Estate Planning Council, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Roundtable and Kent County Silent Observer —to give back to the city in which she has fond memories of growing up.

“I loved the intimacy of the neighborhood I grew up in,” she shared. “Everyone knew each other and all of us kids played together.”

When she isn’t behind her desk at GROW, Nawara can be found enjoying a refreshing walk or immersed in the pages of a good book.

1. What is your secret talent? 

I’m approachable and put people at ease.

2. What words do you live by? 

Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward.

3. Who would you like to meet for coffee for an hour? 


4. If you could go anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would you go? 

Germany or Alaska.

5. What is always in your fridge? 

Eggs, almond milk, spinach and yogurt.

6. What is one thing GR could use more of? 

Equality for all.

7. What is the best way to spend a day in GR? 

The GRAM or Meijer Gardens.

8. What’s your favorite family recipe? 

Shepherd’s pie.

9. What is your all-time favorite movie? 


10. What’s your favorite room in your home? 

All but the laundry room.



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