Southwest Michigan First’s small business division is all about empowering you to take your business to the next level.
We’re here to support, educate and grow small business in Southwest Michigan. Our team is committed to developing networking programs that allow you to create deep relationships with fellow small business participants, providing educational opportunities that facilitate true learning and supporting advocacy for public policy issues that will impact your business and our community for the better.
Communications, Social Media and Thought Leadership
Delivered to your mailbox, inbox and networks will be the good stories of 269 MAGAZINE™, shout-outs on social media, our monthly digital newsletter, your inclusion in our small business directory, and Always Forward blogs and podcasts.
Our after-hours experiences bring together our small business community to network and learn about regional assets and services.
Education & Leadership
First Leaders | Our breakfast leadership series is designed to expose emerging leaders to insights and leadership lessons from established executives throughout the region, state and nation. Learn more.
Catalyst University | Discounted rates get you access to our annual leadership conference featuring world-class speakers, incredible peer-to-peer interaction and an energizing and amazing atmosphere. Learn more.
Always Forward Leadership | Explore leadership and other topics with blogs and podcasts from Southwest Michigan First ceo Ron Kitchens. Subscribe for free!
- Advocacy and Ale | Interactive “after-hours” gatherings at local craft brewpub to gain an inside look at our region’s public policy.
- The Listening Post | Engage with state and local government representatives over a cup of joe to discuss the issues affecting our region.