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?

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.

Business Raider to GVSU Laker

Wednesday, Jan. 31
8:30-10a.m.

Professor Jeff Spoelman

Join GRCC Professor Jeff Spoelman and representatives from Grand Valley State University to discuss the many business programs at GVSU as well as the classes you can take here at GRCC to ensure a seamless transfer. 

Resume Writing

Wednesday, Jan. 31
10-11 a.m.

Professor Ann Alexander

Join Professor Ann Alexander to learn the essentials of writing a professional and attention-getting résumé. Review examples of effective and ineffective résumés, and bring in your own résumé for real-time feedback

Transfer Resources

Wednesday, Feb. 7
11 a.m.-2 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!

Business Careers: So Many Choices, So Little Time

Tuesday, Feb. 13
2:00-3:00 p.m.

Assistant Professor Mark Jasonowicz

A brief discussion of the various business career choices and the education requirements/options necessary for each.

Check on Your Own Progress with My Degree Path

Monday, Feb. 19
12-1 p.m.

Assistant Professor and Academic Advisor Erin Busscher

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.

Davenport 3+1

Tuesday, Feb. 20
3-4 p.m.

Professor Richard Barnhart

Join GRCC Professor Richard Barnhart and representatives from Davenport University (DU) to discuss 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

Monday, Feb. 26
2-3 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.

One Scholarship Application: Hundreds of Opportunities

Tuesday, Feb. 27
1-2 p.m.

Coordinator of Scholarships and State Financial Aid Sarah Laycock

Don't let doubt hold you back from applying for scholarship funds! This session will cover common doubts surrounding applying for scholarships as well as tips to make your application stand out. You will also have a hands-on opportunity to begin the process of applying for scholarships at GRCC.

With over one million dollars in funding for students at GRCC, if you aren't applying, you're missing out!

Study Away

Wednesday, Feb. 28
11 a.m.-12 p.m. & 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m.

Assistant Professor Matheta Righa

Join Assistant Professor Matheta Righa to discuss the Study Away program at GRCC. 

Study Away includes a short-term travel experience designed as part of a credit-bearing course. The travel experience is intended to deepen the learning while preparing students to effectively travel. Study Away experiences may be local, regional, national, or international.  

Come to this session to learn more about this exciting program at GRCC including the process for getting involved as well as some of the currently available Study Away experiences.

Safety on Campus

Thursday, Mar. 15
1-2 p.m.

Campus Police Chief Rebecca Whitman

This session will be offered in room 221 Cook Academic Hall.  Topic description is coming soon.

Pursuing a Law-Related Career

Thursday, Mar. 22
1-2 p.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, representatives from WMU Cooley Law School will be available to answer your questions.  This session will be offered in room 213 Cook Academic Hall. 

Careers in Marketing and Management

Monday, Apr. 9
11 a.m.-12 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!

Entrepreneurship & Starting Your Own Business

Monday, Apr. 16
11 a.m.-12 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.