Helping small businesses in Kalamazoo.

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MIX Innovation Celebration and Creative Crash

Catalyst Center 180 East Water Street Suite 1100, Kalamazoo, MI

At this event, we will celebrate the winners of Western Michigan University (WMU)’s Innovation Expo Competition. The top three winning teams will kick off the event with their presentations on […]

Developing a Strong and Sustainable D.E.I. Strategy

Having a clearly defined Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategy can benefit the growth and sustainability of a business. A robust D.E.I strategy can help prioritize efforts, align stakeholders, properly allocate […]

The New Must Have Marketing Strategy For 2022

Presenter: Maureen Edwards, Founder of 8 Simple Steps 2022 will bring in some fundamental changes to the way we market our products and services, requiring us to adjust strategies, campaigns, […]

Supplier Match Making Event

Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) is partnering with the Detroit Regional Chamber to host a virtual buyer-supplier matchmaking event on Wednesday, December 15th as a part of the DRC Racial Justice […]

Brews and Shoes

Wings Stadium 3600 Vanrick Drive, Kalamazoo, MI

Please join the First Day Shoe Fund for an evening out with the Kalamazoo Wings. The team will be wearing a Specialty Fan Design Jersey that will be auctioned off […]


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 […]


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.


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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.


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.


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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.


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

—Taylor Kallio