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?

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.

Supply Chain Operations Management

  • Sept. 17: 8:45-9:45 a.m.
  • Sept. 19: 8:45-9:45 a.m.
  • Sept. 30: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 1: 8:45 - 9:45 a.m.

Assistant Professor Matheta RighaAdjunct Professor Randy Gilbert & Adjunct Professor Jim Boes

Join GRCC's Assistant Professor Matheta Righa, Adjunct Professor Randy Gilbert, and Adjunct Professor Jim Boes to discuss this exciting new 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.  Come to this session to learn more about this program and about a new Supply Chain Management student organization!

Building a Better Résumé

Sept. 25
3 - 4 p.m.

Professor Ann Alexander

Come to this workshop to learn the essentials of writing a professional and attention-getting résumé.  You will also have the opportunity to review examples of effective and ineffective résumés.  Bring in your own résumé for real-time feedback!

Careers in Marketing and Management

Oct. 7
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!

Entrepreneurship and Starting Your Own Business

Oct. 14
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 session.

Navigating a Job Fair

Oct. 15
2 - 3 p.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!

Business Transfer Fair

Oct. 23
noon - 3 p.m.

Associate Professor Brent Spitler & Professor Jeff Spoelman

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!

Personal Finance: Keeping Your Head Above Water

Oct. 30
10 - 11 a.m.
*224 Cook Hall

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.

Pursuing a Law-Related Career

Oct. 31
10 - 11 a.m.
*211 Cook Hall

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.

Turning Your Ideas into Money: MWest Challenge

Nov. 11
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. Come to this session to learn more.

Davenport 3 + 1

Nov. 19
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

Dec. 4
11:00 a.m. - noon

Assistant Professor 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.