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Business Cafe Series and Advising

Are you planning on transferring to a university? Considering starting a business? Trying to pick a major?

Throughout the semester, a GRCC Business faculty member will be available to discuss various topics related to careers in business, advising, transferring and more during our Business Cafe Series. This is a drop-in conversation, so come any time and stay for the entire hour or for five minutes and enjoy some coffee and snacks. 

In addition to the Business Café Series, our department provides advising sessions for currently enrolled and students thinking about joining one of our programs. Our faculty are also available to answer questions during regularly scheduled office hours. See Faculty & Staff page for semester office hours or call the Business Office at 616-234-4220 for more information.

Business Cafe Series

*All café series will take place in the Business Tutorial Lab in 201 Cook Hall, unless otherwise noted.

How to Pick a Major

Tuesday, Jan. 24
1-2 p.m.

Assistant Professor Mark Jasonowicz

This session will discuss the process students should follow to pick a major, what factors to consider (and what factors not to consider) in making this important decision, and where to go for help.  Many students end up changing their major at some point(s) within their college career; your first choice does not always have to be your last choice.

From Raiderhood to Sainthood: Transferring to Aquinas College

Wednesday, Feb. 1
8-9:30 a.m.

Professor Jeff Spoelman

Join GRCC Professor Jeff Spoelman and representatives from Aquinas College to discuss the many business programs at Aquinas as well as the classes you can take here at GRCC to ensure a seamless transfer. 


MWest Challenge

Monday, Feb. 13
2-3 p.m.

Assistant Professor Matheta Righa

For the last two years, GRCC students have participated in the MWest Challenge competition, a student venture competition designed to create cross collaboration between students that span across several universities from West Michigan. Through MWest, entrepreneurially minded students are able to develop and grow new ventures based on their own ideas. 

In addition to the more than $40,000 in cash prizes, students will have access to resources, mentors, educational workshops, and opportunities to network with angel and venture capital investors. Come to this session to learn more.

A representative from Kuyper College will be also be available during this session to discuss the many business programs at Kuyper as well as the classes you can take here at GRCC to ensure a seamless transfer.


Transfer Resources

Wednesday, Feb. 15
1-3 p.m.

Associate Professor Brent Spitler

You know you want to transfer but it can be a daunting process. To help you through the transition to your four-year school of choice, GRCC has a number of resources for you. This session will help put you in contact with some of the many business transfer resources at your disposal. In addition to GRCC Faculty and Staff, a number of partner institutions will have business program representatives present and ready to help. 

Universities represented will include:

No matter where you are on the path to transfer, come to this session if you have any questions!

Email Like a Pro: This is Not a Text

Wednesday, Feb. 22
10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Professor Ann Alexander

Email is the primary written communication tool in business. In this session, you will learn principles for creating effective emails that deliver your message with competence and credibility.  Additionally, a representative from Western Michigan University (WMU) will be available at this session to discuss the business programs at WMU as well as what classes student should take at GRCC before transferring.


I Want to Major in Accounting: Now What?

Thursday, Feb. 23
4-5 p.m.

Professor Richard Barnhart

This session will offer guidance to students planning on getting an Associate of Business with an Accounting major at GRCC as well as those planning to transfer to a 4-year school to complete their Accounting education.

Thinking About a Major in Accounting?

Monday, Feb. 27
1-3 p.m.

Assistant Professor Jennifer Knauf

This session will offer guidance on requirements for an Associate of Business with an Accounting Major at GRCC as well as transferring to a 4-year college. We will also discuss accounting careers, CPA requirements and internships.

Check on Your Own Progress with My Degree Path

Thursday, March 16
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Assistant Professor and Adjunct Professor Angela Long

My Degree Path is a web-based tool designed to help students stay on a clear path to graduation. It enables students and advisors to review coursework — past, present and future — and evaluate which degree requirements have been completed and which remain to be completed. It can be accessed by staff and students by logging into the Online Center.

For students, My Degree Path will:

  • Provide real-time 24/7 advice
  • Outline a path to graduation for a specific GRCC program
  • Allow for the creation of semester-by-semester degree plans
  • Provide self-service capabilities
  • Allow exploration of other GRCC programs through the What-If feature
  • Allow direct access to multiple related services and advice

This session will offer a hands-on experience using My Degree Path. Students will be able to ask questions about the tool and will have the opportunity to check on their own progress towards their degrees.

Careers and Opportunities in the Nonprofit Industry

Thursday, March 23
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
*211 Cook Hall

Assistant Professor Orletta Caldwell

Participants will learn about the nonprofit industry and career opportunities. The goals is to dispel any myths about this sector with the hopes of providing the participant with paths for a career in this dynamic and much needed industry.

Pursuing a Law-Related Career

Wednesday, March 29
3-4 p.m.
*213 Cook Hall

Professor Garry Brand

It's not too early to pursue a law-related career! This session will explore multiple paths from GRCC to an undergraduate degree and law school. In addition to the presentation, representatives from WMU Cooley Law School will be available to answer your questions.

Careers in Marketing and Management

Monday, April 3
4-5 p.m.

Professors Glenn Gelderloos and Felix Pereiro

If you love people and want to change the world then marketing and management careers are right for you!

Marketing and Management professionals are in big demand in today’s competitive job market.  Learn more about the exciting world of marketing and management and its high paying careers.

If you are interested in living a life filled with adventure, travel, challenge, and excitement then a career in marketing and management is right for you.  Marketing professionals take an initial idea within an organization and bring it to market. We are curious, analytical, creative, and innovative problem solvers. We help people live happier lives by providing solutions to their daily problems. Our solutions are the products and services that you see every single day being offered in marketplace.  Management professionals organize, plan, lead, control, and direct the most valuable resources within an organization: people and capital, so as to meet their organization’s objectives.

This session will provide individualized coaching to help you make the right decision on which careers in marketing and management best fit your life goals today and tomorrow.  If you love working with people and want to help make this world a better place then marketing and management careers are right for you!

Entrepreneurship and Starting Your Own Business

Monday, April 10
4-5 p.m.

Professor and Department Head Felix Pereiro

Turn your dreams into a reality!

There has never been a better time to start your own business and be your own boss! This session will focus on taking your idea and turning it into a successful business. Receive personalized coaching on your business idea.

The best employers rank an entrepreneurial mindset as one of the top things they are looking for in candidates looking to join their organizations. This session will also discuss the important role entrepreneurship plays in economic development, job creation, and prosperity for a nation.

Whether you start a business or go to work for someone else this session will get you one step closer to making your dreams a reality!

Live the life you truly deserve. Be rewarded for your ideas and hard work. If you truly want to become wealthy and successful then come to this powerful session.