Five gifts for entrepreneurs

There are plenty of ways to give the gift of inspiration to the entrepreneur in your life this holiday season, whether their business is in full swing or  they are just getting started.

  1. Small Business Classes at GROW

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Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) offers a range of small business classes, from the foundations of getting started, to branding and selling. For someone who is looking to dip their toes into the entrepreneurial waters,  GROW’s introduction to the ins and outs of running a business, Start Smart, runs only $25. For those who are ready to dig their heals in and get serious, the Small Business Growth and Planing Series (GPS) offers a series of three clusters comprised of three classes each. Clusters are priced $60 a piece and include Business Basics, Marketing Strategies and Financial Awareness.

2. Membership to The Factory.

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Give the gift of a centrally located work space and professional network with a membership to The Factory. As Grand Rapids’ premier co-working space, The Factory is complete with conference rooms, Skype areas, office supplies, a full kitchen, windows that overlook downtown and flood the work space with natural light, and the best part? A community of over 90 like-minded professionals, including entrepreneurs, small businesses and freelancers. Monthly memberships range from $30-$275/month.

3. The Founder’s Dilemmas by Noam Wasserman

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There are more than just financial risks and rewards on the line when starting your own venture. The Founder’s Dilemmas uses quantifiable research as well as first person accounts from the founders of innovative startups such as Twitter and Pandora to offer guidance through all of the main decisions an entrepreneur may be faced with when embarking on a start up journey.

4. Headspace Subscription

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Chasing your dreams is stressful and nothing can ease the many burdens of start-up life like a little support. Billed as a “gym membership for your mind,” Headspace is an app that gives subscribers access to ten minutes of guided meditation a day. Meditation has been proven to decrease stress while increasing focus and creativity. Headspace makes integrating the practice into daily life simple, and is perfect for helping your entrepreneur get through the hard times. Subscriptions vary from $12.99/monthly, to $7.99/month yearly or $6.24/month for two years.

5. Gift Card to The Bitter End

When entrepreneurs are just starting out, they often have to take time to work on their ventures anywhere they can get it. The Bitter End is Grand Rapid’s only 24/7 coffee shop. As a popular hub for late night studying with a drink menu a mile long, it is a tried and true place to fuel up, hunker down and get to work, whether it be first thing in the morning or the middle of the night.



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