aimWest is a nonprofit professional association that connects local professionals to facilitate education and conversation focused on technology and its impact on business in West Michigan.
group of Web professionals in Grand Rapids, Michigan -- Jim Barry,
David Ellyatt, Jennifer Jurgens, Tonya Wilholt, and Mike Fowler --
started the organization in late 2000. They recognized the lack of
support for local interactive technology professionals, and wanted to
provide a resource and participation experience that had not previously
offered in the West Michigan area. In 2007, the organization renamed
itself to aimWest.
aimWest also provides educational, networking, and community outreach opportunities to our individual, corporate and student members. Members usually get together on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. We hold 8-9 learning events per year, which include a short networking session and a presentation or panel discussion. Our 5:01 Networking events provide an excellent informal networking opportunity for members and guests to get to know each other.
Our events consistently draw attendance of 80 or more people, sometimes up to 300. aimWest events feature a diverse group of attendees and members who work in marketing, management, business development, information technology, recruiting, and design.