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Business Cafe Series and Advising

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 for the Business Café Series!

GRCC Business Faculty want to help you! We are offering periodic advising, informational and skills-based presentations and workshops for interested students this fall. Please join us 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. Call the Business Office at (616) 234-4220 for more information.

How to register

To participate in any of these 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

Supply Chain – Guest Speaker from Stryker Corporation

Virtual Session
Jan. 25
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Assistant Professor Dr. Matheta M. Righa & Manuel Martinez-Savinon, Stryker Corporation

In this virtual session, Professor Dr. Matheta M. Righa, the Coordinator of the Supply Chain Operations Management program at GRCC, will be joined by a guest speaker, Manuel Martinez-Savinon, CSCP, to discuss careers in supply chain management. Martinez-Savinon, a certified Supply Chain Professional and a Global Sourcing Manager for Stryker Corporation, will be sharing his experience and advice with those considering entering the field.

The Supply Chain Operations Management 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.

Please join us for this interactive virtual session!

Register for Supply Chain with Guest Speaker from Stryker Corp.

Turning Your Ideas Into Money: MWest Challenge

Virtual Session
Jan. 30
Noon-1 p.m.
Professor Felix Pereiro & Professor Jeff Spoelman

In this virtual session, Professors Felix Pereiro and Jeff Spoelman 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 this experience, 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

Entrepreneurship and Starting Your Own Business

Virtual Session
Feb. 6
Noon-1 p.m.

OR

Virtual Session
Mar. 13
Noon-1 p.m.

Professor 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 virtual session.

Register for Entrepreneurship and Starting Your Own Business

Careers in Marketing and Management

Virtual Session
Feb. 6
1-2 p.m.

OR

Virtual Session
Mar. 13
1-2 p.m.

Professor Felix Pereiro & Professor Glenn Gelderloos

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 virtual 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

Intro to Nonprofit Management

Virtual Session
Feb. 7
Noon-1 p.m.

OR

Virtual Session
Mar. 14
Noon-1 p.m.

Professor Ann Alexander

Join GRCC's Professor Ann Alexander for this virtual session to discuss how you can apply business skills learned at GRCC to effectively manage organizations providing health and human services. Learn about a new seminar in nonprofit management and discuss the possibility of developing a certificate program in nonprofit management here at GRCC.

Register for Intro to Nonprofit Management

Careers in Accounting (featuring Dolinka, VanNoord & Company)

Virtual Session
Feb. 13
Noon - 1 p.m.
Associate Professor Jennifer Knauf & Representative(s) from Dolinka, VanNoord & Company

In this virtual session, Assistant Professor Jennifer Knauf and representatives from the public accounting firm, Dolinka, VanNoord & Company, will be available to talk to students about accounting careers, CPA requirements, what skills to work on now to best prepare yourself for the job, and more!

Whether you are first considering a career in accounting or have already decided to pursue a major in accounting, come to this session!

Register for Careers in Accounting (featuring Dolinka, VanNoord & Company)

I’m Not Sure About Math - What Class Do I Need to Take to Transfer to a Business School?

On-Campus Session: Room 201 Cook Hall
Feb. 14
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Professor Brent Spitler

During this in-person session, Professor Brent Spitler will be discussing the current degree requirements at our partner business colleges and universities. Transfer, articulation agreements, and degree requirements can be confusing and hardly anyone wants to attack their math and statistics courses. However, understanding the quantitative requirements is an important part of any successful student transfer.

Register for I’m Not Sure About Math

Supply Chain – Guest Speaker from OMT-Veyhl

Virtual Session
Feb. 21
6-7:30 p.m.
Assistant Professor Dr. Matheta M. Righa & Bambi Hollingsworth, OMT-Veyhl

In this virtual session, Professor Dr. Matheta M. Righa, the Coordinator of the Supply Chain Operations Management program at GRCC, will be joined by a guest speaker, Bambi Hollingsworth, CPIM, to discuss careers in supply chain management.  Hollingsworth is the Chief Operations Officer at OMT-Veyhl and is also the president-elect of the Board of Directors for the Association for Supply Chain Management.  She will be sharing her experience in planning and inventory management with students entering this exciting and growing field. The Supply Chain Operations Management 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.

Register for Supply Chain on February 21

Careers in Law

Virtual Session
Feb. 27
1-2 p.m.
Professor Garry Brand & Representative(s) from WMU-Cooley Law School

In this virtual session, Professor Garry Brand will be exploring multiple paths from GRCC to an undergraduate degree and law school. In addition to the virtual presentation, a representative from WMU Cooley Law School will be available to answer your questions.

Register for Careers in Law

Supply Chain – Guest Speaker from BISSELL Homecare, Inc.

Virtual Session
Mar. 20
3:30-5 p.m.
Assistant Professor Dr. Matheta M. Righa & Alex Keefe, BISSELL Homecare, Inc.

 In this virtual session, Professor Dr. Matheta M. Righa, the Coordinator of the Supply Chain Operations Management program at GRCC, will be joined by a guest speaker, Alex Keefe, SCOR-P, to discuss careers in supply chain management.  Keefe is the Director of Supply Chain Analytics and Process Improvement at BISSELL Homecare, Inc. He will be sharing his experience and advice with students entering this exciting and growing field. The Supply Chain Operations Management 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. 

Register for Supply Chain on March 20

Acing the Video Interview

Virtual Session
Mar. 28
Noon - 1 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 the 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

Careers in Accounting (featuring Plante Moran)

Virtual Session
Mar. 29
Noon - 1 p.m.
Associate Professor Jennifer Knauf & Representative(s) from Plante Moran

In this virtual session, Assistant Professor Jennifer Knauf and representatives from the public accounting firm, Plante Moran, will be available to talk to students about accounting careers, CPA requirements, what skills to work on now to best prepare yourself for the job, and more!

Whether you are first considering a career in accounting or have already decided to pursue a major in accounting, come to this session!

Register for Careers in Accounting (featuring Plante Moran)

What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up? Business Career?

On-Campus Session: Room 224 Cook Hall
Apr. 4
Noon-1 p.m.
Associate Professor Mark Jasonowicz

This on-campus session will provide an overview of the diverse career options available in the field of business. From accounting to marketing, students will learn about the different roles and responsibilities within each discipline. Additionally, the presentation will discuss the education requirements needed to get that first job. The goal of the presentation is to help students make informed decisions about their future careers in business.

Register for What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up? Business Career?

Careers in Accounting (featuring BDO)

Virtual Session
April 19
Noon-1:30 p.m.

 Associate Professor Jennifer Knauf & Representative(s) from BDO

In this virtual session, Assistant Professor Jennifer Knauf and representatives from the public accounting firm, BDO, will be available to talk to students about accounting careers, CPA requirements, what skills to work on now to best prepare yourself for the job, and more! Whether you are first considering a career in accounting or have already decided to pursue a major in accounting, come to this session!

 Register for Careers in Accounting (featuring BDO USA, LLP)

Personal Finance: Keeping your Head above Water

On-Campus Session: Room 213 Cook Hall
April 6
1-2:30 p.m.

Assistant Professor Kevin Stuart

During this on-campus 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

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