Building a better community together

A healthy and vibrant region begins with a healthy and vibrant team leading the way — a group of passionate people working together to serve others and help them be successful, both now and in the future.

At Southwest Michigan First, we’re working to create a more prosperous future for all. Our team, together with our community partners, is creating an environment where businesses thrive and meaningful jobs are created. A place where people want to live, work, and play. Because helping others succeed is what we do best.

Community Partnerships/Special Projects/Consulting

Centered on strengthening relationships throughout the communities we serve to grow the region’s economy, expand the workforce, build tomorrow’s leaders, and promote the economic development profession.

Economic/Workforce Development

Focused on attracting, retaining, and expanding businesses, while enhancing and aligning our workforce.

Chamber/Small Business/Entrepreneurship

Committed to assisting small business and entrepreneurial growth by connecting people with services.

Investor Relations

Dedicated to fostering relationships with current and future supporters, while delivering exceptional customer service.


Charged with promoting the Southwest Michigan First brand, highlighting our seven-county region, and sharing success stories that inspire others.


Tasked with responsibly stewarding the organization’s funds and processes, building a dynamic team, and integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion into everything we do.