About

OUR MISSION + OUR VALUES

WHO WE ARE


Grind + Growth is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that uses economics to educate, empower, and inspire communities with long-term economic sustainability. We’re an economic growth agency that believes all people should reap the benefits of entrepreneurial learning and business ownership, that they can prosper from for a lifetime.

Yet because minority entrepreneurs disproportionately benefit from economic equity and don’t get the same funding or support, compared to their non-minority counterparts. We’ve designed our programs around best practices for growing a visionary, independent, innovative, and resourceful change-makers.

Our vision and hope, is that by helping minority communities and families apply sound financial practices, they can achieve financial success and economic equity in business and in life.

WHAT WE DO


Grind + Growth is an entrepreneurial-based nonprofit organization committed to helping create independent, innovative, change-makers through entrepreneurial learning. Our focus is wealth creation in urban communities. We use advocacy, partnerships, mentorship, and trainings to provide families with the resources needed to achieve long-term economic sustainability. Through entrepreneurship training, talent development, and financial education, we educate, inspire, and empower individuals to start building legacies and secure financial futures.

Our organization is committed to economic growth, equity, and the development of the minority communities and their potential for prosperity. We believe that entrepreneurship and economic growth are the tools that will accelerate a prosperous future amongst economically-challenged demographics. We provide business acceleration programs, financial education courses, as well as classes that develop skills and strengths for the workforce.

WHY WE DO IT


Grind + Growth uses hands on economic gardening in the minority communities to support growth and long term economic sustainability. We believe that entire communities are impacted and are better off when entrepreneurs are able to take action.


OUR JOURNEY: AS AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION


Founded in 2019 by Serial Entrepreneur and Educator Valerie V. Liddell, Grind + Growth was created in direct response to provide an opportunity and to meet a need. Currently, minority entrepreneurs are starting businesses that don’t get the same funding, support, and are at a distinct disadvantage when compared to their non-minority counterparts. The financial system has historically discriminated against and oppressed minority business owners. That’s why it’s important to support minority businesses as a way to create a positive change in this country.


OUR PLEDGE TO THE COMMUNITY


Our 5 year pledge is to serve over 1,000 minority entrepreneurs with the support of the community. We will help entrepreneurs build and grow sustainable businesses driven to accelerate economic sustainability, equity and transform the nation. 

Press Mentions

Article TitlePublicationDate
New Co-working Space Offering Aid to Black Business OwnersKMOV News 4September 3, 2020
St. Louis nonprofit Grind + Growth opens co-working space to boost minority entrepreneurshipSt. Louis Business JournalSeptember 3, 2020
St. Louis nonprofit Grind + Growth opens co-working space to boost minority entrepreneurshipKSDK NewsSeptember 4, 2020
STLMade Conversations: 
Grind + Growth
The STLDecember 2, 2020
St. Louis nonprofit Grind + Growth to launch new business development program, pitch contest targeting minority entrepreneursSt. Louis Business JournalDecember 28, 2020
St. Louis nonprofit Grind + Growth to launch new business development program, pitch contest targeting minority entrepreneursKSDK NewsDecember 29, 2020
Grind + Growth Equals Much Needed Resources For St. Louis-Area EntrepreneursSt. Louis Public RadioJanuary 6, 2021
Valerie Liddell, Founder and CEO of Grind + GrowthEntrepreneurially ThinkingFebruary 3, 2021
Grind + Growth Presents $10,000 Grant to Business Competition WinnerSt. Louis Post DispatchMarch 9, 2021
Gwen Logan-Craig wins grand prize for her M.V.T. Virtual Learning companyPatch: Frontenac-LadueMarch 9, 2021
GRIND & GROWTH PRESENTS $10,000 GRANT TO BUSINESS COMPETITION WINNEROnline PR MediaMarch 9, 2021
Grind + Growth Presents $10,000 Grant to Business Competition WinnerPRLOGMarch 9, 2021
Grind + Growth Presents $10,000 Grant to Business WinnerPatch: Affton-ShrewsberryMarch 9, 2021
Grind + Growth Presents $10,000 Grant to Business Competition WinnerAPN NewsMarch 9, 2021
Grind + Growth Presents $10,000 Grant to Business Competition WinnerBusiness News This WeekMarch 9, 2021
Grind + Growth Presents $10,000 Grant to Business Competition Winner

Media BulletinsMarch 10, 2021
Grind + Growth Presents $10,000 Grant to Business Competition Winner

Digital Media 9March 10, 2021
Grind + Growth Presents $10,000 Grant to Business Competition WinnerPR.ComMarch 10, 2021
Grind & Growth Presents $10,000 Grant to Business Competition Winner

MENAFNMarch 10, 2021
Grind + Growth Presents $10,000 Grant to Business Winner


Flip BoardMarch 10, 2021
Valerie Liddell, Grind + Growth Podcast InterviewMichMash PodcastMarch 14, 2021
Grind + Growth Presents 10,000 Grant to Business Competition WinnerSaint Louis County Weekly Community News March 17, 2021
How Grind + Growth Helps Provide Access To Resources For Minority Business OwnersSt. Louis Public RadioMarch 24, 2021
Grind + Growth Radio Interview


KMOXMarch 25, 2021