The Grind + Growth of our Organization
On September 9, 2019, Grind + Growth became incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit organization, and our journey began! Almost three years later, We’ve celebrated graduating the 3rd cohort of our small business development program and launched new and innovative programs to serve better the need of our families from low-income backgrounds living in underserved communities. With a regional expansion into Illinois and our first of many replication initiatives of the Grind + Growth whole family model, we’ve remained dedicated to our vision and purpose. We are more focused and passionate than ever and will continue to innovate in the service of our mission.
June 2019-August 2019
We piloted our Business Development Program at the St. Louis Public Library.
September 9, 2019
G + G became incorportated as a 501c3 nonprofit organization.S
September 30, 2019
Grind + Growth launches Growth Accelerator business development program to meet the increasing demand and graduates its first 12 entrepreneurs.
December 1, 2019
Received our first grant from Aldi, making it possible to help launch our new youth entrepreneurial and financial literacy education initiative, Operation CEO.
Grind + Growth formed a community partnership with Fathers and Families Support Center to expand our services within the underserved communities.
March 2020-June 2020
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Grind + Growth made the proactive strategic decision to offer free online business coaching and consulting services to aspiring entrepreneurs and free online financial literacy classes to individuals.
Grind + Growth formed a national partnership with Self-Made Foundation, Inc.
Hosted our 3rd business development cohort in partnership with Self-Made Foundation, Inc and graduated 12 entrepreneurs.
March 3, 2021
Hosted our first pitch competition and the Self-Made Foundation, Inc granted a total $15,000 to the three winners.
Grind + Growth formed a community partnership with Area Resources for Community and Human Services (ARCHS).
Launched our youth entrepreneurial and financial literacy education program, Operation CEO.
Expanded Operation CEO into seven youth summer programs and served over 100 children and youth ages 8-18.
August 25, 2021
4th Growth Accelerator business development program began.
September 20, 2021
Grind + Growth launches a new workforce development initiative, the Contractor Training Program to better serve low-income and unemployed individuals.
October 1, 2021
Grind + Growth relocates to Ballpark Village in downtown St. Louis.
October 8, 2021
Grind + Growth formed a national partnership with the Associated General Contractors of America (ACG).
November 12, 2021
Lauched our Model of Change Theory and Financial Literacy Campaign.