About GRBB

Networking, Breakfast & Registration

8:00am - 9:00am

401 Hall St SW #188
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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401 Hall St SW #188
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

8555 Kalamazoo Ave SE Caledonia, MI 49316-8270

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

Proud Partners with the:

Meet The Board

Michelle Steffes

President & Co-Founder

After over 2 decades of leadership and 10,000 hours of study in the science of human behavior, Michelle L Steffes has perfected a formula for developing high performers. Her clients consistently report both professional & personal victories, a healthier culture and higher productivity.

Michelle has partnered with individuals as well as companies of all sizes to develop customized, cutting-edge practices, designed to train leaders and teams from the inside out leading to profitable results.

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

Featured in national media and multiple publications, she is the Founder and CEO of IPV Consulting®, IPV Group Coaching®, and the creator of the 5 in 5 Performance Coaching Program©.

Her newest book and daily podcast, “Your Journey to Greatness Through Routine” have already been adopted into companies looking for real change.

Gwyn Harnish

Vice President

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.

Kim Sorrelle


Kim Sorrelle has been the owner/general manager of English Hills Country Club since its inception in 1983. In 1997, Kim purchased what was formerly Adrian’s Ramona Terrace and is now English Hills Terrace. With six event rooms and three outdoor spaces, English Hills can host as many as 1200 guests at any one time. As owner and partner in other businesses throughout the years, Kim has been able to take her knowledge and mentor others.

Kim is also the Executive Director of Rays of Hope International, a humanitarian organization that partners with people in their own countries that have a passion, a vision, a mission to help others.

Kim has served on multiple boards and committees in West Michigan and beyond. She is passionate about helping others and her community.

Rose A. Coonen

Board Member

Rose Coonen
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.

Michael J Mandeville

Board Member

Zhem Productions provides real communication, real experiences, real memories, and real connections through DJ services, event planning and organization, photography, graphic design, social media marketing, consulting and more. DJ Zhem strives to create memorable experiences for your event through DJing and emcee services. MjZ Photography captures memories, specializing in event and marketing photography as well as graphic design services. Z+ Technology is Social Media Marketing management and technical consultation at your level. Whether it’s experiences, memories, communication, or connection – Zhem Productions seeks to provide an authentic, positive, and palpable service.

Dr. Laurie Brush

Board Member

Dr. Brush is the founder of Heaven at Home Pet Hospice. She is a graduate of Kalamazoo College (BA) and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) at Michigan State University. As a practicing vet since 1998, she became involved in the movement toward in-home palliative care and euthanasia, beginning with her own 17-year-old rescue dog, Herkemer. Through her personal experience, she became a passionate advocate for peaceful at-home traditions. She is a member of the International Association for Animal Hospice & Palliative Care, the American Veterinarian Medical Association (AVMA), the MVMA, the WMVMA and the West Michigan Academy of Small Animal Practitioners (WMASAP).

Leslie Fiorenzo

Board Member

Send Out Cards was created to help people acting on their promptings and send any kind of greeting from any where at any time. I’ve been affiliated with the company since October 2018. Social media is great, but nothing beats a heartfelt card in your mail box.

Yelena Wells

Board Member

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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