Unique and effective employment resources.

These help sustain careers & find talent!

"aRt & nEtWoRk on ArtPrize Eve", Tuesday, Sep 20: NetWork 2 NewWork




"Art: the qualit y, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance."


We may not often realize it, but art and its cousin design are all around us–-buildings, smartphones, streetlights, cars, bicycles, landscapes, gathering places, furniture and other objects as well as paintings, sculpture, drawing, music, acting, dance, film, writing—all of which enrich our lives immensely here in West Michigan.  Networking done right—to build relationships—is something of an art.


Join us Tuesday evening, “ArtPrize Eve” (September 20th), from 5:00-8:00 pm for our “Art & Network on ArtPrize Eve” small-group venue touring starting and ending at the “Gathering Place”, 47 Jefferson SE, of Westminster Presbyterian Church in our artful city, Grand Rapids.


Get registered today. Full information and RSVP to reserve your spot NOW at this link (; look for the RED button.

Weekly Work Search Roundtables: team-focused help to you find work and stay employable!



These sessions make them the longest, continuously meeting job clubs and support groups in West Michigan–-900+ 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, at Spring Arbor University's Grand Rapids learning site on Tuesdays, merged with the Monday one (see below) in April 2014 to relocate it to downtown Grand Rapids at Westminster Presbyterian Church, giving more people easier access to the event throughout the West Michigan region.  The Wednesday event at St. Robert of Newminster in Ada have been meeting every other week since the fall of 2010.


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

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=> MONDAY every week, 9:00-11:00 am, at EaRN Affiliate Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Grand Rapids, 47 Jefferson SE (except major holidays on Mondays such as Memorial Day, Labor Day, Christmas week, and when New Year’s is celebrated on a Monday).  For more information, contact Westminster, (616) 456-1456, or email beckyw (a) Their website is


=> 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-nine111 for more information, or contact their EaRN Ministry Coordinator, Bill Weitzel, LMSW, (616) 446-one873 (c), weitzelwj (at)  Dates we meet in 2016: Jan 6, 20; Feb 3, 17; Mar 2, 16, 30; Apr 13, 27; May 11, 25; Jun 8, 22; Jul 6, 20; Aug 3, 17, 31; Sep 14, 28; Oct 12, 26; Nov 9, 22 (Tuesday); Dec 7, 21.

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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, (616) 866-three556, jeff (at)

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The EaRN ministry continues to focus on “helping people find work and stay employable”, and looks 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 or periodically hosting a NetWork 2 NewWork event.  More information about EaRN can be found at, or contact Ken (6 1 6) 5 2 8 - 0 4 4 3, ksoper (at)

NetWork 2 NewWork Mid-Summer Cookout - "Finding Talent, Finding Work: What HR Professionals Tell Us Always Works"



“Finding Talent, Finding Work:

What HR Professionals Tell Us Always Works”


Annual Mid-Summer Cookout, Tuesday, July 19th, 2016, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Whether you’re trying to find work or looking for the talent your organization’s needs, figuring out how to be both efficient and effective is crucial.  Technology can help, but is it the answer?


Costs, competition, and profitability pressures on organizations require that as important as talent is, one can’t “bust the budget” with endless resources or take inordinate time to train.  So, what are recruiting professionals to do, and what are those seeking work to do to connect with those seeking their talent?


Join us to enjoy a summer cookout and interact with our panel of HR professionals to learn their perspective, get insight, and find real solutions to talent acquisition that consistently find talent, and for those in or considering a transtion find work in our challenging times of alleged skills gaps, reduced training, and a changing post-secondary education and training industry.


Complete information, including how to RSVP, at