Unique and effective employment resources.

Helping sustain careers and find talent!

“What Will Your Future Hold?” A Conversation with Keith Brophy, State Director, Michigan's Small Business Development Centers



Mark your calendar, Wednesday, JULY 15th, for this mid-summer evening event, celebrating the beginning of the 4th year of NetWork 2 NewWork events in Grand Rapids!  We start a little earlier (4:30 pm) due to the cook-out and the anticipated number of participants who are looking to network while hearing our presenter.


Our presenter is Tech Trends & Predictions guru Keith Brophy who's also the new State Director of the Michigan Small Business Development Centers who will share his vision of what the future of business and work life will look like here in West Michigan. His remarks are entitled, What Will the Future Hold for West Michigan’s Business and Professional Life?


As always, the evening begins and ends with orchestrated networking to help you sustain your career and strengthen your networking skills and thus your network. 


Complete information, including how to RSVP, is available at the events page of the NetWork 2 NewWork website,  We request that you RSVP in advance so that we can plan food, seating and parking.  Thanks.


Do join us, and invite others to come along with you!

EaRN Work Search Roundtable: helping you sustain your career!



These sessions make them the longest, continuously meeting job clubs and support groups in West Michigan–-8000+ people have attended sessions–-at two locations on different days of the week.  The sessions are open to the public and provide ongoing networking, support, group problem solving, and coaching for individuals during periods of work search and career transition. 


Several TV and radio stations as well as The Grand Rapids Press reported on these weekly events during the past decade, including WOOD-TV 8.  Since the fall of 2001 these events have met weekly for two hours at local sites in metro Grand Rapids. 


A third weekly event on Tuesdays merged with the Thursday one (see below) in April 2014 to relocate it to downtown Grand Rapids, giving more and easier access the the event throughout the West Michigan region.  The Wednesday events in Ada have been meeting every other week since the fall of 2010.


You can join our Meetup group here:


Those who participate in Roundtables and the NetWork 2 NetWork events can also join the LinkedIn group, NetWork 2 NewWork (NW2NW).


+ + + + +


=> WEDNESDAY every other week, 9:30-11:30 am EaRN Affiliate St Robert of Newminster Parish, 6477 Ada Dr. SE, Ada, Michigan.  The meeting is in the Parish Adult Lounge. See their site or call them,, (616) 676-9111 for more information, or contact their EaRN Ministry Coordinator, Bill Weitzel, LMSW, (6one6) 446-1873 (c), weitzelwj (at)


+ + + + +


=> THURSDAY every week, 9:00-11:00 am, at EaRN Affiliate Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Grand Rapids, 47 Jefferson SE (except major holidays on Thursdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks, and when New Year’s is a Thursday).  For more information, contact Westminster, (6one6) 456-one456, or email beckyw(a) Their website is


- – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – -


Other resources include:

Blythefield Hills Baptist Church, 6727 Kuttshill Dr NE, Rockford, MI 49341 (east off Northland Drive) provides one-on-one coaching and counsel (by appointment)  for those in work search transition. More information is available at their website,, or contact their EaRN Ministry Coordinator, Jeff Geshel, (6one6) 866-3556, jeff (at)


- – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – -


The EaRN ministry continues to focus on “helping people find work and stay employable”, and look for churches, interested individuals, and non-profits interested in learning how to develop, launch and facilitate EaRN ministry which could include a Work Search Roundtable.  More information about EaRN can be found at, or contact Ken (6one6) 528-zero443, ksoper (at)

“Tricking Out and Driving Your LinkedIn Profile for Career Security” Wednesday, May 20, 2015 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Presentation 1: “Trick Out Your LinkedIn Ride: Get Comfortable with LinkedIn’s Controls”, by Dennis Raven, TEE (Technology Explainer Extraordinaire)

– Still frustrated understanding all the “instrumentation and options” available on your LinkedIn dashboard? Dennis will help you see how to get your profile complete and use the editing functions to develop your “All-Star” profile.  He’s promised to make available his 10-page “quick start operator’s manual” with us to take home.

Presentation 2: “Driving My ‘Tricked Out’ Profile:  Hitting the Highway to Your Preferred Career Future”, with LinkedIn Panel / Forum and interactive table discussions

– Have a story to share about how LinkedIn has helped you network, sustain your career and give back to your community in the spirit of “do for others as you would have them do for you”?  A panel and interactive working groups will collaborate in sharing our stories and strategies, then gather all the ideas together to share.  The session includes helping us hear others’ stories for more effective mutually beneficial networking.


In addition, there will be the opportunity to get a professionally done LinkedIn "headshot" at the event for a modest donation.  It'll be a nice photo--the photographer has exhibited at ArtPrize the last few years.  This photo opportunity is going to become a regular feature at future NetWork 2 NewWork events.