Going Pro Talent Fund

Hands-on training is everything for employees new to a job or looking to grow in their career. Plus, during these times of talent scarcity, investing in training can serve as […]

Going Pro Talent Fund Workshop

During these times of talent scarcity, investing in training can serve as an important tool to attract and retain critical staff. Register to join Southwest Michigan First and Michigan Works! […]

Free

WMU Alumni Association’s Car Parade

Western Michigan University 1903 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI

Deck out your car in all the brown and gold you can find for a cruise through campus. All are welcome to join the Western Michigan University (WMU) Alumni Association’s […]

Free
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 […]

Free

Coffee & Cocktails with Clarence

Stamped Robin 128 Portage Street, kalamazoo, MI

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 […]

Coffee and Contracting: Consumers Energy

Featured Speakers: Lynn Wilson, Supplier Diversity Manager & Lisa Pung, Customer Experience Manager Learn about the new Consumers Energy SizeUp tool, bringing free small business insights and market intelligence to […]

Free

Become a Certified Business

Do you run a woman-, minority-, or veteran-owned business enterprise? Join Southwest Michigan First and our session speakers to learn the steps required to take advantage of these opportunities: If […]

Free
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 […]

Free

The Boundless Women Confab

WMU Fetzer Center 2251 Business Ct., Kalamazoo, MI

Celebrating women who make things happen! This is a full day of conference sessions and an evening gala reception honoring 20 notable business women in SW Michigan. Two dynamic keynote […]

$25

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

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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

The Fetzer Center has anything you could ever want for any occasion. The facilities are beautiful, the food is great and the staff is excellent! I have hosted an event and been to an event at the Fetzer and both experiences have been excellent. Mary does a marvelous job!

—Diane Holmes

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