Helping small businesses in Kalamazoo.

Basics of Exporting

GVSU Bicycle Building 201 Front Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI

For those responsible for export and/or compliance, this seminar will provide a foundational understanding of the most important things you need to know to be a successful exporter. You will also learn about valuable resources available to help your company grow its exports.

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Portage Business Town Hall Series

Air Zoo 6151 Portage Rd, Portage, MI

The morning session will be held at the Air Zoo from 8:30 – 10:00 am. The afternoon session will be held at Presidential Brewing from 2 pm – 3:30 pm. Event attendance is limited so reserve your spot right away. We hear the Portage business community’s concerns and we want to connect with every business […]

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Portage Business Town Hall Series

Air Zoo 6151 Portage Rd, Portage, MI

The morning session will be held at the Air Zoo from 8:30 – 10:00 am. The afternoon session will be held at Presidential Brewing from 2 pm – 3:30 pm. Event attendance is limited so reserve your spot right away. We hear the Portage business community’s concerns and we want to connect with every business […]

February Chamber Connect

7017 South Westnedge Avenue 7017 South Westnedge Avenue

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.

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 […]

Simple Steps to Start YOUR Business

Lake Michigan College South Haven 125 Veterans Blvd, Room 141/142, South Haven, MI

The City of South Haven, in partnership with the South Haven Area Chamber of Commerce, Lake MIchigan College and Greater Kalamazoo Business Resources, is offering a series of business workshops and informational roundtables to help local small businesses grow. The sessions are designed to help the budding entrepreneur, the early start-up or the existing business […]

Business Model Canvas – Is Your Business a “Go” or a “No-Go”?

Lake Michigan College South Haven 125 Veterans Blvd, Room 141/142, South Haven, MI

This workshop will provide you with a tool to draft a roadmap for your business. During this session you will: Learn the different elements of developing your own business plan Learn how to grow your business by recognizing the key areas for improvement Learn how to create a one page business overview to help guide […]

Board Basics

Kalamazoo Central Library 315 S. Rose St., Kalamazoo, MI

Join Hether Frayer of Columinate to learn about the roles and responsibilities of board members, how to foster a positive board culture, and simple tips and tricks to help your organization run effective and efficient board meetings.

Marketing Basics – Your “Marketing 101” Guide

Lake Michigan College South Haven 125 Veterans Blvd, Room 141/142, South Haven, MI

Learn the basics of developing and implementing a successful marketing plan for your small business. arn what it takes to start a business and how to take the next steps in the journey. During this session you will: Understand the importance of creating a marketing plan for your business Understand what goes into an effective […]

Build a Board Governance Framework

Kalamazoo Central Library 315 S. Rose St., Kalamazoo, MI

Effective boards empower excellent Executive Directors and have strong systems for ensuring accountability and transparency. Join Heather Frayer for this informative, engaging exploration of ways your board can be an excellent employer to your Executive Director by building a governance framework.

SBA and Southwest MI SBDC Meet the Lender

WMed Innovation Center, 1000 Oakland Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-1282

By Southwest Michigan SBDC Meet with area banks and credit unions to discuss your business lending needs and find a lender that is a match for your business! Please be prepared to speak with lenders. This includes bringing copies of your current business plan, cash flow projections and your credit score. If you need assistance […]

Accounting Basics for your Business

Lake Michigan College South Haven 125 Veterans Blvd, Room 141/142, South Haven, MI

To provide business owners basic accounting knowledge to start up or run a business. During this session you will learn: How to set up a chart of accounts How to develop a simple income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statement How to review the basics of a financial statement