Business Cafe Series and Advising

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Are you planning on transferring to a university? Considering starting a business? Trying to pick a major? Are you looking for an internship? Deciding on which classes to take next? 

Join us virtually for the Business Café Series!

GRCC Business Faculty want to help you!  We are offering periodic, virtual advising, informational and skills-based presentations and workshops for interested students this fall.  Please join us virtually to participate in our Business Café Series!

Throughout the semester, at different days and times, a GRCC Business faculty member will be available to discuss various topics related to academic advising, transferring, careers in business, skill building, and more.  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.

How to register

To participate in any of these virtual events, click on the appropriate registration link(s) and provide the requested information.  We ask that you register for the event(s) at least 24 hours in advance.  You will need to be logged into your GRCC email account to be able to register.

Business Cafe Series

Building a Better Resume

Sept 30
2-3 p.m.

Professor Ann Alexander 

In this workshop, you will learn the essentials of writing a professional and attention-getting résumé and have the opportunity to review examples of effective and ineffective résumés and cover letters. Please bring along your own résumé for the opportunity of some personalized feedback.

Register for Building a Better Resume

Careers in Marketing and Management

Oct. 5
Noon-1 p.m.

Professor Glenn Gelderloos & Professor and Department Head 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!

Register for Careers in Marketing and Management

Personal Finance: Keeping Your Head Above Water

Oct. 5
2-3 p.m.

Assistant Professor Mark Jasonowicz

In this session, we will discuss some of the biggest financial mistakes people make and how to avoid making them.  We will also cover many other practical topics including credit scores, credit monitoring, budgeting, and how to avoid financial traps.

Register for Personal Finance: Keeping Your Head Above Water

Acing the Video Interview

Oct. 7
2-3 p.m.

Professor Ann Alexander

Are you planning to apply for a new job soon? Are you interested in improving your interviewing skills to help you land that job of your dreams? Have you ever participated in a video interview? Come to this virtual session and discuss how to communicate professionally with prospective employers before, during, and after the interview. You will leave this virtual session with practical strategies you can employ to help you land that dream job!

Register for Acing the Video Interview

Entrepreneurship and Starting Your Own Business

Oct. 12
Noon-1 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.

Register for Entrepreneurship and Starting Your Own Business

Davenport 3 + 1

Oct. 15
1 - 2 p.m.

Professor Richard Barnhart

In this virtual session, Professor Rick Barnhart and a representative from Davenport University (DU), Jamarcus Wiggins, will be delivering a presentation about the many business programs at DU as well as the 3 + 1 agreement between GRCC and DU which allow students to finish their associate degree, take a third year of courses at GRCC and then finish their bachelor degree at DU.

Register for Davenport 3 + 1

Pursuing a Law-Related Career

Oct. 28
9-10 a.m.

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, a representative from WMU Cooley Law School will be available to answer your questions.

Register for Pursuing a Law-Related Career

Turning Your Ideas into Money: MWest Challenge

Nov. 9
Noon-1 p.m.

Professor and Department Head Felix Pereiro

In this virtual session, GRCC’s Professor of Business and Business Department Head, Felix Pereiro will discuss 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.

Register for Turning Your Ideas into Money: MWest Challenge