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Strategic Alliance Partners

SCORE Grand Rapids would like to invite you to become a Strategic Alliance Partner. Your investment helps us to continue to help emerging entrepreneurs and existing small businesses to live their dreams and grow our economy.


First National Bank of America

First National Bank of America
We're unusual in the way that we do business, but the results are always the same... exceptional. First National Bank of America (FNBA), is a high performing workplace with more than $1 billion in assets. We are a family-owned, Michigan based community bank with our headquarters in East Lansing and branch offices in our hometown as well as Grand Rapids and Traverse City. From personal banking to commercial and mortgage loans, FNBA has your financial needs covered.

Huntington Bank

Huntington Bank*
When small businesses thrive, the whole community benefits. That’s why at Huntington, we believe in growing the local economy by supporting small business.  If you are ready to invest in your small business, Huntington is here to help.

Independent Bank

Independent Bank*
Independent Bank provides a full range of financial services, including commercial banking, mortgage lending, investments and insurance services. Independent Bank Corporation is committed to providing exceptional personal service and value to its customers, stockholders and the communities it serves.

Mercantile Bank of Michigan

Mercantile Bank of Michigan*
Mercantile Bank of Michigan provides a wide variety of commercial and personal banking services primarily to businesses, individuals, and governmental units through its six full-service offices in greater Grand Rapids and Holland.

United Bank

United Bank*
We genuinely believe in community banking, and think a local, independent bank should last. So we build relationships, customize banking, and get creative to offer flexibility, responsiveness and true service to customers and community. We’ve been United for generations, always working to be your innovative partner in business and life, and doing whatever it takes to provide you with real solutions.


Certified Public Accountants

Andrews Hooper Pavlik PLC

Andrews Hooper Pavlik PLC*
Andrews Hooper Pavlik PLC (AHP) is a certified public accounting and consulting firm with eight offices throughout Michigan. We provide accounting, audit, tax, employee benefit plan administration, retirement planning, and business and IT consulting for individual and businesses clients. AHP offers the expertise and resources of a large CPA firm while focusing on excellence and providing outstanding value to our clients at the local level.


We work closely with small business owners to help them solve their problems. From tax planning, business structure, payroll administration, cash flow issues, to help with accounting systems. We offer thoughtful advice to our clients.

Dolinka VanNoord & Company, PLLP

Dolinka VanNoord & Company, PLLP
Dolinka, VanNoord & Company Certified Public Accounting firm provides comprehensive financial services to privately and family-owned businesses and individuals throughout the West Michigan Area.


Commercial Business Insurance

Lake Michigan Insurance Agency

Lake Michigan Insurance Agency*
Accidents happen, which is why having comprehensive insurance coverage is just a part of doing business. However, every business has different insurance needs. It’s a fine line. Your business needs to be adequately insured to protect against loss, but at the same time you can’t afford to be over-insured. We understand this challenge. At Lake Michigan Insurance Agency (LMIA), we’re committed to getting to know your business inside and out, so we can create a policy that’s the best possible fit for your business needs and budget.

United Bank - Commercial Insurance

United Bank - Commercial Insurance*
You’ve built your business and created a solution for your customers. We’re in the business of solutions too, and ours protect what you’ve built. In the event of a business loss, we are here to lessen the impact and make things right. Consider us a business partner that is onsite the moment you need us most. Our agents will carefully work with you to ensure you have the appropriate coverage for your business insurance needs.


Financial Management Planning

R.W. Baird

BraunWalsh Group*
Baird Financial Advisors serve as true partners to families and individuals across the United States. Creating the right financial plans and investment strategies for you begins with understanding who you are and what’s important to you. Far more than a simple Q&A, our process begins with truly getting to know you – your values, hopes and concerns. We’ll engage in a conversation about your current financial situation, your priorities and your vision for the future. And this line of communication will stay open once we’ve built and implemented your comprehensive, personalized solutions so we can ensure they remain on track for the long term.


Human Resources

Express Employment Professionals

Express Employment Professionals*
Express Employment Professionals is a leading staffing provider in the U.S., Canada and South Africa. Every day, we help job seekers find work and help businesses find qualified employees. The Grand Rapids, Michigan Express office was founded in 1996 and is proud to serve our community by helping people find jobs and helping businesses find the people and human resource services they need. Our Grand Rapids office is locally owned and operated and dedicated to the mission of helping people succeed.


Law Firms

Verspoor Waalkes, P.C.
Since 1983, Verspoor Waalkes, P.C. has provided experienced legal counsel to business, families and individuals in Grand Rapids and all of West Michigan. The core of our firm’s business is representing small to medium size, closely held companies and servicing hundreds of individual and family needs. Our knowledge of the law, exercise of judgment and expertise in representation has enabled us to build lasting relationships with our clients by providing practical solutions to their legal needs.


Specialty Partners


FranNet is the nation's oldest (since 1987) and most respected franchise consulting firm.  With offices in over fifty North American and international cities, FranNet offers consulting services on a no fee basis to individuals committed to starting their own businesses.


Building a great online presence doesn't have to be a chore. Grandesigns is dedicated to helping you to identify and implement the best solutions for your business' needs, with consulting, web design, development, hosting, and training services. Whether adding a feature or building a whole new website from scratch, we pride ourselves on delivering projects on brand, on budget, and on time.


*Multi-Year Sponsor of SCORE Grand Rapids

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Funded, in part, through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.

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