Helping small businesses in Kalamazoo.

August Chamber Connect

Gull Meadow Farms 8544 Gull Road Richland, MI 49083 8544 Gull Road, Richland, MI

Let your connections bloom by joining the business community for a Chamber Connect. The Southwest Michigan First Chamber is excited to invite members to the August networking event on Wednesday, August 4 at Gull Meadow Farms.

Free

Community Efforts to Support Entrepreneurship

On August 5, Southwest Michigan First invites you, our region's business stakeholders, to tune into the latest Business First event. Our conversation will focus on the existing programs, resources and partnerships that make Kalamazoo an attractive place for entrepreneurs to flourish.

Free

Recurring

SWMI First Path

First Path leads entrepreneurs down an investigatory path to discover in which direction they should take their idea. This nine-week course is designed to help problem solvers decide which direction to take with their idea.

Free

January Chamber Connect

Brick and Brine 100 West Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI

Expand your network with the Southwest Michigan First Chamber and Greenleaf Hospitality About this event A few decades ago, networking meant filling a rolodex with as many names as you could. Today, the process has evolved to making as many connections, friends, or followers as you can on social media platforms. No matter how you […]

Uncovering Resources for Your Business

Learn about resources in Michigan that can help elevate your business. About this event The new year is sure to be filled with many surprises and being prepared with great information will put you and your business on a path to success. Make your resolution to kick off 2022 with a bang and make the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Congratulations to Gregory Shelton of Grand Unique Laundry for receiving his first loan through Northern Initiatives. With help from his SCORE mentor, Cheri Bales, Gregory did a fantastic job on developing his business plan and showing real entrepreneurial spirit. We wish you much success, and look forward to your upward movement. You are a wonderful role model.

—Gregory Shelton of Grand Unique Laundry

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

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