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.

Navigating a Career Fair

Jan. 29
10-11 a.m.

Professor Ann Alexander & Student Employment Assistant Julie Earhart

The career fair is a very effective and personal way to interact with a number of different companies in a very short period of time. Join us to discover ways you can plan for a successful career fair. You will have the opportunity to prepare and deliver your own elevator pitch. If you'd like feedback on your résumé, please bring it along!

Turning Your Ideas into Money: MWest Challenge

Feb. 3
Noon-1 p.m.

Professor and Department Head Felix Pereiro

Join GRCC’s Professor of Business and Business Department Head, Felix Pereiro to 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. 

In addition to cash prizes, students will have access to resources, mentors, educational workshops, and opportunities to network with angel and venture capital investors

Business Transfer Fair

Feb. 4
Noon - 3 p.m.

Jeff Spoelman and 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 (we will add update this list as we speak with more transfer representatives):

  • Lake Superior State University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Davenport University
  • Ferris State University
  • Western Michigan University
  • WMU Cooley Law School
  • University of Michigan
  • Hope College
  • Cornerstone University
  • Aquinas College
  • Kuyper College
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Grace Christian University 

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

Davenport 3 + 1

Feb. 11
1 - 2 p.m.

Professor Richard Barnhart

Professor Richard Barnhart and representatives from Davenport University (DU) will be discussing 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.

Careers in Accounting

Feb. 19
11 a.m. - noon

Jennifer Knauf

In this session, Assistant Professor Jennifer Knauf will be available to talk to students about careers in accounting.   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.

Personal Finance: Keeping Your Head Above Water

March 11
10 - 11 a.m.
213 Cook

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.

One Scholarship Application: Hundreds of Opportunities

March 12
4 - 5 p.m.
201 Cook

Coordinator of Scholarships and State Financial Aid, Sarah Laycock

Did you know that the GRCC Foundation provides more than 300 scholarship opportunities, and you can apply for more than 200 of these scholarships with one easy application? Did you know the priority deadline to submit this application is March 15, 2020?

This session will cover the process of applying for scholarships at GRCC as well as tips to make your application stand out.  Students will have a hands-on opportunity to begin the process of applying for scholarships here.  With over one million dollars in funding for students at GRCC, if you aren't applying, you're missing out!

Entrepreneurship and Starting Your Own Business

March 16
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 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.

Careers in Marketing and Management

March 18
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!

Acing the Interview

March 18
10-11 a.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?  Come to this session and discuss how to communicate professionally with prospective employers before, during, and after the interview.  You will walk away from this session with practical strategies you can employ to help you land that dream job!

Career Fair for Business Students

March 24
Noon-3 p.m.

Professor Ann Alexander

Several employers will be on campus on Tuesday, March 24 from 12pm to 3pm to meet with and recruit students for job opportunities.  They will be located in the hallway outside of the Business Tutorial Lab in room 201 Cook Hall.  The names of the employers present will be provided on this web page soon.

“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!”

Pursuing a Law-Related Career

March 26
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
224 Cook

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.

In this session, Assistant Professor Jennifer Knauf will be available to talk to students about careers in accounting.   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.