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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 virtually 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 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

Personal Finance: Keeping Your Head Above Water

  • On-Campus Session: Room 218 Cook Hall
  • Sept. 22
  • 11 a.m.-noon

Assistant Professor Mark Jasonowicz

In 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

Careers in Marketing and Management

  • Virtual Session
  • Oct. 4
  • 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 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

The Aquinas College Difference!

  • Virtual Session
  • Oct. 11
  • 1–2 p.m.

Professor and Department Head Felix Pereiro & Representative(s) from Aquinas College

In this virtual session, Professor and Business Department Head Felix Pereiro and representative(s) from Aquinas College will be discussing The Aquinas College Difference and what makes it unique from other colleges and universities. They will discuss the many business programs at Aquinas College as well as the agreement between GRCC and Aquinas College.

Learn how you can go from being a Raider to a Saint in this interactive session.

Register for the Aquinas College Difference!

Entrepreneurship and Starting Your Own Business

  • Virtual Session
  • Oct. 11
  • 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 virtual session.

Register for Entrepreneurship and Starting Your Own Business

Running Your Business: Keys to Small Business Success

  • Virtual Session
  • Oct. 18
  • Noon-1 p.m.

Professor and Department Head Felix Pereiro

There has never been a better time to own your own business and be your own boss!

Running your own business should be the best decision you have ever made in your life! 

Learn what it takes to keep your dream alive and not let it turn into a nightmare.

This session will focus on what it takes to run your business successfully and avoid the common mistakes made by small business owners. Receive personalized coaching on your small business.

Live the life you truly deserve. Be rewarded for owning your own small business. If you truly want to become wealthy and successful then come to this powerful virtual session.

Register for Running Your Business: Keys to Small Business Success

Career Opportunities at Gun Lake Casino

This session is cancelled.  Please email us at businesstutor@grcc.edu for more information.

Supply Chain Operations Management

  • On-Campus Session: Room 218 Cook Hall
  • Oct. 26
  • 5-6 p.m.

Assistant Professor Matheta Righa

Join GRCC's Assistant Professor Matheta Righa for this on-campus session to discuss this exciting certificate program. 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. 

Register for Supply Chain Operations Management

GRCC & Davenport 3 + 1

  • Virtual Session
  • Nov. 1
  • Noon-1 p.m.

Professor and Department Head Felix Pereiro & Representative(s) from Davenport University

In this virtual session, Professor and Business Department Head Felix Pereiro and representative(s) from Davenport University (DU) will be discussing the many business programs at DU as well as the 3 + 1 agreements 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 GRCC & Davenport 3 + 1

Careers in Law

  • Virtual Session
  • Nov. 3
  • 11 a.m.-noon

Professor Garry Brand & Representative(s) from WMU Cooley Law School

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 Careers in Law

Turning Your Ideas into Money: MWest Challenge

  • Virtual Session
  • Nov. 8
  • Noon-1 p.m.

Professor and Department Head Felix Pereiro & Professor Jeff Spoelman

In this virtual session, Professor Felix Pereiro and Professor 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 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

Pre-Music and Entertainment Business, A.A. (3+1, Ferris State University)

  • Virtual Session
  • Nov. 8
  • 1-2 p.m.

Business Professor Felix Pereiro & Music Professor Kevin Dobreff

Business professor Felix Pereiro and Music professor Kevin Dobreff will discuss GRCC's new 3+1 program with Ferris State University. Students can attend GRCC for three years, earning an Associate of Arts in Pre-Music and Entertainment Business and fulfilling most of the requirements for a Digital Audio Specialist certificate. They will then enter Ferris as seniors to complete work for the bachelor’s degree.  Come to this session to learn more about this exciting new program!

Register for Pre-Music and Entertainment Business

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

  • On-Campus Session: Room 223 Cook Hall
  • Nov. 18
  • Noon-1 p.m.

Professor Brent Spitler

During this in-person and virtual 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

Careers in Accounting

  • Virtual Session
  • Dec. 1
  • Noon-1 p.m.

Associate Professor Jennifer Knauf

In this virtual 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.

Register for Careers in Accounting

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