Business Cafe Series and Advising

Faculty presenting figures to students on projector.

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

Join us for any — or all! — drop-in conversations throughout the semester. You're welcome to come any time and stay for the entire hour or for five minutes and enjoy some coffee and snacks.

In addition to the Business Cafe Series, we provide 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 cafe series will take place in the Business Tutorial Lab in 201 Cook Hall, unless otherwise noted.

Transfer Resource Fair

Feb. 6
12-3 p.m.

Brent Spitler & Jeff Spoelman

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 also help put you in contact with many Business program transfer resources at your disposal. In addition, the following partner institutions will have Business program representatives present and ready to help:

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

Taxing Careers

Feb. 11
10-11 a.m.

Mark Jasonowicz

As Ben Franklin once wrote: “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” All kidding aside, these words still hold true today. In fact, the tax industry is an incredibly stable and potentially lucrative field for interested students.

Think about it: virtually everyone is subject to taxes – individuals, businesses, and even non-profit organizations, and they all demand the support, advice and resources necessary to comply with tax laws within the United States and around the world. If you think a career in taxation could be right for you, come to this session to learn more!

Turn Your Ideas Into Money: MWest Challenge

Feb. 11
12-1 p.m.

Felix Pereiro

Have you heard of the MWest Challenge?  Are you interested in competing for more than $10,000 of cash and in-kind awards?

This session will explore 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. 

Careers in Accounting

Feb. 18
11 a.m.-12 p.m.

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, certified public accountant requirements, and internships.

Acing the Interview

Feb. 19
1-2 p.m.

Ann Alexander

This session will take a look at best practices in communicating professionally with prospective employers before, during, and after the interview.  Students will walk away from this session with practical strategies they can employ to help them land the job of their dreams.

Careers in Marketing & Management

March 11

221 Cook Hall
12-1 p.m.

Glenn Gelderloos & Felix Pereiro

Marketing and management professionals are in big demand in today’s competitive job market.

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. 

Entrepreneurship & Starting Your Own Business

March 18
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Felix Pereiro

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. You'll also 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.

Pursuing a Law-Related Career

March 20
9-10 a.m.
213 Cook Hall

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. This session will be offered in room 213 Cook Academic Hall. 

Western Michigan University Business Bronco

March 26
10-11 a.m.

Rick Barnhart

Join GRCC’s Professor Rick Barnhart and WMU’s Manager of Community College Recruitment and Outreach Paul Hildenbrand to learn more about how you can start your studies at GRCC and then seamlessly transfer to WMU as a junior to complete a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

Career Fair

April 4
12-3 p.m.

Ann Alexander

Several employers including UPS, Farmers Insurance, Celebration Cinema, Walmart, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Speedway, and Express Employment Professionals will be on campus to meet with and recruit students for job opportunities. 

“The best advice I have for making the most of our job fair is to be prepared and enthusiastic when speaking to employers,” said Luanne Wedge, associate director of GRCC’s Student Employment Services. “After you look through a list of employers that will be attending — and what types of jobs they have available — visit their websites to do some basic research beforehand. Prepare a short, 20- to 30-second, introduction to use with employers. Dress professionally and bring many copies of your resume with you!”

Supply Chain Operations Management

April 8
2:30-3:30 p.m.

Matheta Righa

Join's GRCC's Assistant Professor Matheta Righa to discuss the Supply Chain Operations Management certificate that GRCC now offers.  This program prepares individuals to provide administrative, technical, and managerial support in the operation of warehouses, inventory control, parts identification, and production management.  Emphasis is placed on how supply chain strategies and transportation enhance the competitive advantage in the global economy.  Come to this session to learn more!