About GRBB

Networking, Breakfast & Registration

8:00am - 9:00am

401 Hall St SW #188
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

The GR Business Breakfast promises to be a strong presence in the Greater Grand Rapids area for business networking and leadership development.

Birthed out of a desire to bring back a professional early morning format for Business Owners and Leaders, Gary Ball and Michelle Steffes began the early stages of forming GR Business Breakfast in July 2013. 

The Purpose and Vision of this group is to offer a structured platform where business leaders can thrive in an environment of their own peers. As a team, we are striving to operate a highly organized and effective business group and offer business professionals an opportunity to develop their skills and create stronger connections through:

  • Monthly Business Breakfast
  • Top Local and National Speaker Presentations
  • A Time of Networking
  • Facilitated Group Involvement
  • Screened Sponsorships/Door Prizes
  • Premium Member Benefits
  • Exclusive Events for Members

Join us at Dominion Systems!

401 Hall St SW #188
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Directions & Parking

Traveling from US-131, take Exit 83A Hall St. At Exit 83A, head on the ramp toward Hall St. Turn right onto Century Ave SW. 401 Hall St will be on your right. Enter the parking driveway right before the building.
We recommend parking in the Northern Lot or North Western parking spots behind the building. It is easiest to enter from the side entrance and walk up to the second floor. Dominion Systems – Payroll & HR is located inside Suite #188.


Elevators are available through the main entrance in the middle of the building.

401 Hall St SW, Suite #188, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Meet The Board

Michelle Steffes

GRBB President & Co-Founder
Founder and CEO of IPV Consulting®

Michelle is the author of “Reframe and Rewire: Greatness Through Daily Routine” written from over 10,000 hours of study in the science of human behavior. Her expertise in developing high-performing individuals, leaders and teams stems from 25+ years of leadership.

She utilizes cognitive methods that accelerate intrinsic growth, increase performance levels and transform self-defeating mindsets. 

Her high-impact “Accelerated Growth Programs” and her expertise in emotional intelligence have equipped thousands of leaders to achieve awards, scale the ladder to CEO and improve culture.

Featured in multiple publications, radio shows and national media. Her daily podcast reaches a global audience with over 60K downloads.


  • 2019 Face of Corporate Training
  • 2018 Business Person of the Year
  • FOUNDER/CEO: IPV Consulting (est. 2012)
  • President/Co-founder GR Business Breakfast (est 2013)
    • 5 in 5 Performance Coaching – Accelerated Growth Program
    • IPV Group Coaching – Corporate training based in emotional intelligence
  • AUTHOR: Reframe & Rewire: Greatness Through Daily Routine
  • Authorized Partner | Everything DISC© A Wiley Brand
    • Reframe and Rewire
  • Add-Heart Facilitator, Heart Math
  • Certified Professional Speaker
  • Certified Performance Coach



  • Emotional Intelligence: The Internal Force of Self Mastery and Productivity
  • Velvet Covered Steel: How to Think, Communicate and Act with Resilience
  • Identifying and Conquering Energy Vampires that Restrict Potential.
  • Reshaping Culture: Developing Heart-Centered Leaders Who Empower
  • The Under-Utilized Profitability of Vision Alignment
  • Resilience Through Times of Change
  • Avoiding Burnout



“Hands down, her track was the best attended and had the most responses with amazing feedback! ” – Derek Wood, CFO, West Michigan Transport

“Michelle has so much valuable information to share and knowledge around moving your team to a positive and more energized group to work amongst.” – Marcia Tuitel, AA, Spectrum Health

“Our evaluations proved she was the most popular speaker at our 2 day Summit so we have invited her back next year, too!” – Stephanie Wohlfert, Lansing Convention & Visitor Bureau


Cell: 616-291-0377

Email: michelle@ipvconsulting.com

Website: http://ipvconsulting.com 

Address: 8650 Byron Center Ave, SW, Ste. #7, Byron Center, MI 49315

Gwyn Harnish

GRBB Vice President
Vice President of Marketing, United Bank of Michigan

Gwyn Harnish is a Certified Financial Marketing Professional and the Vice President of Marketing for United Bank of Michigan. A graduate of Davenport University, she has over thirty years of experience in banking and is proud to work for a local community bank. Gwyn is passionate about financial literacy and volunteers with Junior Achievement and Habitat for Humanity. Gwyn believes that a positive and supportive environment for networking and information sharing is vital to both personal and professional success.

United Bank of Michigan, which has served West Michigan since 1887, is committed to excellence in the delivery of a wide array of financial services, including mortgage lending, commercial lending, insurance and investments. The locally owned and operated bank has 11 full-service locations. Because United Bank is based here in West Michigan, we know our customers and what they need in a bank. From checking and savings accounts, to online and mobile services and home loans, our friendly financial experts are here to help you succeed! Sure, we’ve grown since 1887, but we’re still small enough to know your name when you come in the door, and we still believe that our success depends on your success.

Alix Criswell

GRBB Secretary
CTA, Associate Broker

Alix Criswell Ask
Patriot Realty
Hello–and thank you for your interest!

In 1991, I chose Grand Rapids to be my home. I love it here and have never looked back.

But I learned some things when I bought my house in 2001. First of all, I learned that treating my home buyers and sellers as I would like to be treated is the underpinning of my work as your real estate agent. I added to this my 20+ years of sales experience and developed a philosophy for working with clients that lets me help you move smoothly through the negotiations of the buying and selling process.

My goal is premium customer service for my clients. This includes providing you with well researched Buyer’s and Seller’s Packages so that you are able to make the informed decisions that are right for you.

To assure your agent is always up to the minute on current trends and practices in real estate, I continually seek out sources of information and credentials. Consequently, I am an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR), a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) and have earned the Graduate Realtor ® Institute’s GRI designation. The latter required 90+ credit hours of education. In January 2014, I earned my Associate Broker license.

On the personal side, I have experience as a volunteer police officer, and enjoy beading jewelry for myself and as gifts for friends and relatives. My idea of relaxing is to take a walk or curl up with a cat and a good book.

When you are ready to buy or sell a property, “Ask for Alix” and get ready for a great real estate experience!

Jen Smits

GRBB Board Member
Owner & Photographer, Fresh Start Studios

Jen Smits

Fresh start studios⁣Fresh Start Studios is bringing your brand into focus by helping build visual content for entrepreneurs, and small businesses across west Michigan while also welcoming portraiture clientele!

Build your following and potential reach with beautifully curated photography, videography, and social media content with Fresh Start Studios. Receive discounted rates for monthly sessions to keep your content fresh.

Click, capture and share with Fresh Start Studios wide range of services which include: Photography Services Videography Services Drone Services Digital Branding Services: – Content Creation – Content Calendar – Content Planning – Instagram Engagement – Branding – Print Design – Canva Graphics – Scheduling Posts – Hashtag Research – Network with Influencers

Jenn Maksimowski

GRBB Board Member
Advertising Director, Gemini Media

jenn maksimowski

Jenn Maksimowski is the Advertising Director at Gemini Media. She helps her clients Attract new prospects, Engage leads and GROW their business with integrated marketing plans. Jenn is a dedicated and innovative leader with a proven track record in leadership, management, communication, training, mentoring, sales, and business development. Gemini Media is the publisher of the Grand Rapids Business Journal, Grand Rapids Magazine, Michigan BLUE and Gemini Digital Studio.

Michael J Mandeville

GRBB Board Member
Zhem Productions | MandeBuilds

Michael J seeks to provide opportunities for connection where the potential for disconnect exists. Zhem Productions provides real communication, real experiences, real memories, and real connections through DJ services, event planning and organization, photography, graphic design, consulting and more.
DJ Zhem crafts memorable experiences for your event through DJ and emcee services. MjZ Photography specializes in event and marketing photography and unique design. CommuniZate consulting offers business, leadership, professional, and technical consultation at your level. With more than a decade experience in IT customer service management, leadership, and process management, Michael J is able to provide advice and direction to business leaders of small and large teams.
MandeBuilds creates pieces we love – functional, creative reclaimed and farmhouse decor and craft gifts.
Whether it’s experiences, memories, communication, or connection – Michael J looks to be a source for authentic, positive, and palpable service.

Rose A. Coonen

GRBB Board Member
Personal Family Lawyer, Coonen Law PLLC

Coonen Law
Rose concentrates her practice in the areas of corporate and business law, estate planning, probate and bankruptcy. In recent years, Rose has focused her estate planning practice on serving the special needs community and helping people with disabilities and their families to achieve the maximum level of independence while preserving public benefits and planning to enhance their quality of life. Coonen Law, PLLC is committed to personal service and advocacy while providing legal services in a cost-effective manner.

Rose has practiced law in the West Michigan area since 2004 and is actively involved in the community. She has served on various non-profit boards in the past and currently serves on the board of The King’s Table Ministries. Rose is also an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University teaching business law.

Yelena Wells

GRBB Board Member
Vice President of Business Development, Elite One Media

Yelena Wells
Yelena Wells is a Digital Marketing Strategist at Elite One Media. She has a passion for helping businesses develop and grow their marketing strategies. Through Elite One Media, she offers a wide range of internet marketing services including graphic design, web design, social media marketing, Google Street View virtual tours, 360° marketing and Search Engine Optimization. The marketing strategies she implements keep businesses competitive, credible, and connected in the digital world.

Elite One Media creates compelling branding, beautiful graphics and responsive websites for your business. Elite One Media develops customized social media platforms for your audience through creative and engaging content management and distribution. Elite One Media creates and maintains Google business listings and improves local SEO with virtual reality content through Google Street View technology. Please contact Yelena Wells for your online marketing consultation.

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