Helping small businesses in Kalamazoo.

Kalamazoo Venture Tuesday

Join us on January 25th, from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. for an exciting online pitch event via the Microsoft Teams virtual platform. You’ll have a rare opportunity to see inside the minds of three investors as they reveal what three company presenters did right and wrong. The Kalamazoo Venture Tuesday meeting is designed as a […]

Free

Catalyst University Realize Your Remarkable Impact How will you leave your mark?

If you can’t come to Catalyst University 2022 in-person, we have a virtual option for you! This last year has been almost as crazy as 2020, but remarkable, nonetheless. Energize your New Year by joining us for an amazing day filled with world-class speakers, career-advancing connections and unforgettable experiences all combined in one action-packed day. […]

$99.00
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1 Million Cups Kalamazoo

1 MILLION CUPS is a free, nationwide program designed to educate, engage and accelerate early-stage startups. We believe in the notion that entrepreneurs can discover solutions and thrive when they collaborate over a million cups of coffee. Drop in on our community of innovators and entrepreneurship enthusiasts to connect and support our local startups. Meetings […]

Free

Coffee & Cocktails with Clarence

Stamped Robin 128 Portage Street, Kalamazoo, MI

Connect with the Southwest Michigan First's Chamber Director, Clarence Lloyd and share your input! About this event The Southwest Michigan First Chamber is excited to invite you, our members, to get into the networking spirit and share what's brewing in your organization. Join Clarence Lloyd, the director of the Southwest Michigan First Chamber, for a […]

Ask the CPA 2022 – Tax Advice for Your Small Business

Tax season will be here sooner than you think! If you have tax questions, we have tax answers. Submit your questions in advance. Join us for this LIVE Q&A session with certified CPA and small business tax expert Micah Fraim. A whole hour dedicated to answering your tax-related questions and concerns, offering tax advice you […]

February Chamber Connect

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Climax Solar Showroom 7017 South Westnedge Avenue Portage, MI 49002 The Chamber’s Connect events are a great opportunity to build relationships with your small business peers. Join the Chamber and Climax Solar on February 16 to connect with the chamber community.

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Spring 2022 Can-Do Camp

Can-Do Camp is expanding! It is still a 16-week group incubation process in which you’ll learn all the necessary requirements and best practices for starting a food business…AND any other kind of business! You’ll have the opportunity to build a support network with your peers and learn from local professionals. You’ll receive essential resource guides, […]

$400
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1 Million Cups Kalamazoo

1 MILLION CUPS is a free, nationwide program designed to educate, engage and accelerate early-stage startups. We believe in the notion that entrepreneurs can discover solutions and thrive when they collaborate over a million cups of coffee. Drop in on our community of innovators and entrepreneurship enthusiasts to connect and support our local startups. Meetings […]

Free

Preventing OSHA’s Most Cited, Most Costly Violations – Keeping Your Employees Safe and Protecting Your Business

In-person, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Lansing $249 Members / $349 Non-members The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compiles a list of the most common violations that also generate the most citations with fines that can tally more than $13,000 per violation. These incorrect practices can cause serious harm to your employees and cost your […]

$349

Coffee & Cocktails with Clarence

Stamped Robin 128 Portage Street, Kalamazoo, MI

Connect with the Southwest Michigan First's Chamber Director, Clarence Lloyd and share your input! About this event The Southwest Michigan First Chamber is excited to invite you, our members, to get into the networking spirit and share what's brewing in your organization. Join Clarence Lloyd, the director of the Southwest Michigan First Chamber, for a […]

Recurring

1 Million Cups Kalamazoo

1 MILLION CUPS is a free, nationwide program designed to educate, engage and accelerate early-stage startups. We believe in the notion that entrepreneurs can discover solutions and thrive when they collaborate over a million cups of coffee. Drop in on our community of innovators and entrepreneurship enthusiasts to connect and support our local startups. Meetings […]

Free

I appreciate your ears for listening, your eyes that see my vision and your heart that makes you who you are.  I thank you for your time. You are making a difference.

—Shawntel Lindsey, Director, The Artbor Community Connections Center

The WMed Innovation Center is a perfect environment for innovation to grow and become a successful commercial enterprise.

—Client

WMU Business Connection logo

Whether you are seeking a research partner or want to enlist the help of student groups in developing business plans, or just looking for ways to engage with WMU, the Business Connection office can find the resource to help move your business forward.

—Mentor

A loan (from Local Initiatives Support Corporation) helped expand our cafe to triple our seating, add a kids space, increase much needed staff work areas, and make other improvements to the space.

—Krystal

MEL logo

The Michigan eLibrary (MeL) is the State of Michigan’s digital library. It has excellent resources available to Michigan residents at no cost.

—Owner

Western Michigan University’s Starting Gate helped me take an idea and transform it into a much more attainable reality. Whether providing talks with investors and business owners or accountability, the ultimate goal is helping your business succeed.

—Peter Shutt

Kalamazoo County Land Bank logo

The Kalamazoo Land Bank did robust community engagement around the vision and gave us something to work with that was solidly desired by people in the neighborhood. Having a vision meant we had to protect it. That’s something I thank the Land Bank for. It was difficult. It didn’t make anything faster or easier, but we got a better project in the end as a result of it.

—Matt Hollander

Buy Local logo

Buy Local Greater Kalamazoo is a hard working grassroots group focused on the greater Kalamazoo community and its small businesses. Their events and networking opportunities are the best!

—Cheri Bales

SBDC logo

Michigan SBDC is a great company providing top notch service to local businesses all over Michigan. The consultants are professional and the student workers contribute with excellent work!

—Martin Herman Sorensen

Score Kalamazoo logos

If you have any questions about starting, growing, or anything business related SCORE Kalamazoo/SW Michigan is a great resource.

—Taylor Kallio

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