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 "Business Matters—The Breakfast Series presented a relevant topic and reaffirmed that we have to change in order to grow business."  

— Steven Null, Director of Field Operations at UDECON


"I enjoyed the program mix of a community update and business growth presentation and discussion."

— Kris Ridings, Varnum Consulting

Business Matters Series

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Business Matters Series is a spin-off from our weekly radio show on WJRW 1340 AM. Like the Business Matters radio show, the Breakfast Series aims to facilitate discussions about business topics, leadership lessons, and updates on the latest developments in the Grand Rapids business community. This is your chance to hear directly from local business leaders and keep in touch with community happenings and changes.

This is a perfect opportunity to build your network, learn what’s going on, and tap expert know-how.   

BUSINESS MATTERS April Event Information

Find Your Company's “Voice”

Cynthia Kay, Owner and Video Media Extraordinaire, Cynthia Kay & Co. Media Services


Share your story and build your brand using expert strategies for using video, social media and more. Cynthia Kay is a passionate spokesperson for small business—speaking, teaching and coaching on strategies to grow your brand. Her award-winning company produces high-quality communications used on the national and international scene. She has recently been named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Michigan.

Event Details

Date | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Time | 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Location | Prince Conference Center, Calvin College
Cost | $18 members, $25/member after 5:00 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014
           $25/future members (includes hot breakfast) 
Registration | Register online below or call the RSVP hotline, 616.771.0303.

Contact Noelle Frost, Program Coordinator, at or 616.771.0344 for more information. 


Next Up: Save the Dates!

May 20 Business Matters Series breakfast at the Prince Conference Center, featuring Jeff Lambert of Lambert Edwards & Associates speaking on his move to downtown Detroit and what's working in Michigan's largest city. Registration information coming soon!

'Be Bright, Be Brief, Be Gone!' presented by Sarah Flick of Varnum Consulting

Included in this workshop;

■■ Craft messages that are clear, concise and focused to get your points across

■■ Craft messages that influence others

■■ Use a proven planning method

Benefits to you and your organization:

■■ Information: key success factors in communicating to others through effective messages

■■ Overall, more confidence and comfort when communicating

■■ Enhanced leadership ability to get results through people

■■ A short, cost effective skill development program

Date | Friday, May 30, 2014
Time | 7:15 AM Arrival   PROMPT WORKSHOP START AT 7:30 AM   Ends at 9:30 AM
Location | Bridgewater Place, 17th Floor
Cost | $10 all participants
Registration | Register online below or call the RSVP hotline, 616.771.0303, by 11:59PM on May 28, 2014

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 Contact Noelle Frost, Program Coordinator, at or 616.771.0344 for more information.


Thank You to our Series Sponsors

Without the generous support of our sponsors, it would not be possible to present these events.

Exclusive Premier Sponsor


Speaker Series Sponsor

Program Sponsor

Clark Hill


Upcoming Dates

Click the date below to register for that event.

January 14

February 18

March 25

April 15

May 20

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