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My Story Started at GRCC: Michael Herblet II gained skills to build a career leading to creating Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea

March 13, 2023, GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Michael Herblet II’s business education at Grand Rapids Community College is hard at work as he builds his Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea location.

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Herblet graduated with his associate degree in 1987 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Western Michigan University. He then embarked on a career in operations and supply chain management.

He decided to open Sweetwaters at 601 Bond Ave. NW in 2019 as a way to combine his longtime dream of owning a business with his knowledge and passion for coffee, tea and gourmet beverages.

One of Sweetwaters’ first big jobs? Supplying beverages for the 2019 Creating Connections, a breakfast organized by the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation as a way to connect scholarship recipients to donors. Herblet was happy to support the college that played such a key role in his life.

“GRCC was the perfect fit for me as a high school graduate,” he said. “It provided the academic, social and athletic opportunities I was looking for in a college. My experiences at GRCC provided the tools I needed to succeed at WMU, Amway, business ownership and Oliver Healthcare Packaging.”

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