Success Story

Business Name: GS Group, LLC.

Owners: Monica Stark & Denise Griffith

“We wanted to take control of our destiny”. This is the response of Monica Starks and Denise Griffith, Owners of GS Group LLC, on why they decided to start their own business. After stellar careers in the media and food and beverage industries, Denise and Monica made that decision definitively without much hesitation. “We both felt we had hit the glass ceiling in our respective careers”, says Monica.

GS Group LLC is the parent company of Green Solutions Environmental Services, and Star Construction and Development. The company utilizes the owners backgrounds as a business consultant and expertise in environmental services. GS Group LLC services range from Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments to trainings and safety courses. It was at an Entrepreneurial Roundtable, funded by JP Morgan Chase, where Monica and Denise learned vital information for their business. “With the information we received that one day, we were able to receive our MBE certification, SBA 8(a) and HUBZone certification”. They have taken advantage of numerous opportunities to grow their business including attending the Great Lakes Women’s Business Conference, receiving a CEED Detroit loan and becoming WBENC-certified.

As Denise and Monica look toward the future, they are focused on growth through federal, state and municipal contracts. Their largest project is with the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency NVFEL Tank Farm expansion. However, there’s more. They want to be part of Detroit’s next chapter by creating jobs. “Our goal is to be a major employer in the City of Detroit and demonstrate that Detroit is still a great place to base your business”. GS Group LLC also nurtures other small businesses through their small business incubator, which offers affordable office space, access to a conference room and other support.

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