Sponsored by the City of South Haven, South Haven Chamber of Commerce, Greater Kalamazoo Business Resources Network, and Lake Michigan College.

LIVE Workshops and Tools
September 2022-January 2023

South Haven Area

Business Startup and

Making the South Haven Region a place where entrepreneurs want to start and grow.

Combining collective knowledge, connections and resources of the community, creating initiatives and partnerships for ALL our local entrepreneurs.

Mark your calendar for a series of business workshops and informational roundtables to help local small businesses in the South Haven area grow. The sessions are designed to help the budding entrepreneur, the early start-up or the existing business improve their business acumen, marketing, and operations, and find new sources of funding and investment to support growth.

The series of events is free but registration is required.

Tuesday, December 13 Marketing 101

Lake Michigan College, South Haven location, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Learn the basics of developing and implementing a successful marketing plan for your small business.

During this session you will:
  • Understand the importance of creating a marketing plan for your business
  • Understand what goes into an effective marketing plan
  • Understand that a little marketing research will save you a lot of time and money

Ben De Vries founded Oranje Boven Marketing to help small business owners overcome the plateau that comes with the first stage of marketing. After working in sales and marketing roles in small, family businesses and well-funded start-ups, Ben has learned how to use a lean budget to make a big impact for small businesses.

Tuesday, January 10 Meet the Funders!

Lake Michigan College, South Haven location, from 6 to 8 p.m.


This workshop is designed to introduce area small business owners to representatives from a variety of business banking institutions in the SH /Lakeshore area.



During this session you will:

  • Meet area funders in the SH/Lakeshore region.
  • Understand key documents needed for funding.
  • Identify nontraditional funding options.



  • Maria Graziani, Outreach and Innovation Specialist, Center for Regional Food Systems, Michigan State University
  • Scott Petersen, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Harvest Small Business Finance
  • Ana Jose, Director of Business Development, Michigan Women Forward
  • Stephanie Timmer, Senior Vice President at Sturgis Bank & Trust Company, South Haven
  • Venard Robison Commercial Lender, Northern Initiatives
  • Debi Howe, Moderator