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Small Business_Resources_Icons_Workers Comp_v3   Discounted Workers’ Compensation Insurance

Participate in one of the most comprehensive and rewarding workers compensation plans in Michigan – the Group Program from Accident Fund Insurance Company of America.

Chamber investors receive a 5% up-front discount on their workers compensation policy through the Accident Fund Insurance Company of America. Participants also have the opportunity for a dividend payment that could result in offsetting a substantial amount of the insurance’s premium. Dividend payments are based on the group’s loss performance and could be as much as 15% or even more. There is no minimum premium requirement to participate.

For more information about Accident Fund Group programs, contact one of these Accident Fund certified insurance agents:

Already an Accident Fund policyholder? Talk to your agent to receive these Chamber savings at your next policy renewal.

Small Business_Resources_Icons_Disability   Short-term & Long-term Disability Insurance

As a Chamber investor, businesses can take advantage of less restrictive access for group Long-term Care Insurance for Chamber small business employees through UNUM. Chamber investors can also participate in a Short|Long-term Disability Insurance through Fort Dearborn with a 5% discount. Contact Rob Williams or Jerry McCoy 269.349.9603.

Small Business_Resources_Icons_Payroll   Discounted Payroll Processing

BASIC Payroll processing provides the flexibility and dependability in a payroll provider that you want with the security and personal payroll guidance that you really need. Chamber investors are eligible to receive a discount of 20% off the BASIC Payroll Plus as well as the first month free. Contact Matt Steffic at 269.615.2569.

Small Business_Resources_Icons_Office Supplies   Discounted Office Products

Businesses participating with The Chamber can save up to 55% on day-to-day, high-use office products through Office Depot. You can also enjoy significant savings on Office Depot catalog items. Download your membership card now to start saving.

Small Business_Resources_Icons_Email Marketing   Discounted Email Marketing and Online Survey Tools

Constant Contact helps businesses grow by providing an easy and affordable way to build successful and lasting customer relationships. Members save up to 25% off complete marketing solutions consisting of professional-looking email newsletters, insightful online surveys and efficient event planning. Contact Cathy Emery at 866.270.6553.

Small Business_Resources_Icons_Telecom   Discounted Telecommunication Services

Chamber investors can receive a 7% discount up to $200 on all services provided by CTS Telecom, Inc. Offer is for new or renewal of contracts for services. Customers will need to provide proof of Chamber investment. Contact Joe Vernon at 269.746.3222.

SCORE

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get
off the ground, grow and achieve theirSCORE_Logo goals through education and mentorship. Funded by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE
 provides free and confidential business advice and counseling tailored to meet the needs of small business.  The organization’s volunteers are experienced professionals with first-hand business knowledge who donate thousands of hours to help small businesses succeed. Counselors have expertise in many areas including accounting, finance, marketing, operations, sales, training, human resources, and intellectual property. Counselors have experience with many types of businesses and industry including: retail and wholesale, construction, start ups, technology firms, manufacturing, visual and written arts. 

Contact Information

Tom McKenna
SCORE Kalamazoo/Southwest Michigan
269.381.5382 | click to email

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) enhances Michigan’s economic
well-being by providingSBDC_Michigan counseling, training, secondary market research for new ventures, existing small businesses and advanced technology companies. With offices statewide, the SBDC positively impacts the economy by strengthening existing companies, creating new jobs, retaining existing jobs, and assisting companies in defining their path to success. The SBDC offers no-cost assistance in everything from writing a business plan to finding ways to finance your startup to expanding your business into international markets.

Contact Information

Tamara Davis, Director
SBDC Southwest Michigan | hosted by Western Michigan University
serving Berrien, Branch, Cass, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren Counties

269.387.6004 | click to email

Starting Gate | Western Michigan University Student Business Accelerator

Starting Gate is a student business accelerator that gives students rich and
valuable resources to develop their WMU_StartingGatestartup companies. Located in the Park Trades Center building in the heart of downtown Kalamazoo and operated by the Western Michigan University (WMU) Haworth College of Business Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in partnership with the WMU Office of Community Outreach, the accelerator is open to all WMU students through a competitive application process in which students must demonstrate a promising idea for a product or service, which can be launched within a short period of time. Starting Gate provides a fast-track to business launch.

Contact Information

Lara Hobson, Director of Operations
269.387.5860 | click to email

Southwest Michigan First

map-icon241 East Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
269.553.9588

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