About Us

About Us

Ginny Seyferth

Ginny Seyferth from SeyferthPR speaks at the Feburary 2016 GRAPE event


GRAPE seeks to create a ‘Community of Excellence’ for Grand Rapids Area Professionals. By doing so, we hold up our community’s best as shining examples for others to aspire to.

Our Value:
“Learning that Inspires Excellence!”

Our Vision:
“To be the center of influence in the professional community for fostering integrity, camaraderie, service, and education for growth & positive influence in the Greater Grand Rapids area.”

Our Mission:
“To build a community of professionals who inspire others to reach their fullest potential; personally, professionally, and neighborly!”

Our Goal:
“To be the number one business networking group in West Michigan!”

Our Slogan:
“Educate, Connect, & Inspire”

GRAPE was founded in February 2009 by Dan Banta and John Potter in an effort to combine daytime networking with presentations by local thought leaders. John M Potter assumed leadership of the group in September 2013. GRAPE became a state-sanctioned nonprofit in May, 2014 and a formal 501c(3) nonprofit in May, 2015.

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