Resources

WMU Business Connection

WMU’s Business Connection is a University office dedicated to strategically match Western Michigan University’s resources to the needs of the local business community. By working together with the numerous resources available on campus, the office serves as a “one-stop shop” for companies that want to engage with the University.

We’re here for business. Whether you are seeking a research partner or want to enlist the help of student groups in developing business plans, the WMU Business Connection can find the resource to help move your business forward. Let us know how we can help you

  • Market your business
  • Develop your concept into a business plan
  • Establish research partnerships with our expert faculty in business, engineering, education, health and human services or other areas.

WMU Business Connection is located in Schneider Hall, home to WMU’s Haworth College of Business. Our location offers access to faculty experts, employment services, the Small Business Development Center, the Business Technology and Research Park, research partners, student project groups, interns, and more, including the Fetzer Center, a professional, full-service conference, meeting and event facility adjacent to the Haworth College of Business.

Contact Information

  • Lisa Garcia
  • Director, WMU Business Connection
  • (269) 387-0950
  • lisa.garcia@wmich.edu
  • WMU Business Connection
    1903 W Michigan Ave
    Kalamazoo, MI 49008

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