Southwest Michigan First shares the good news of the region it serves on FIRST & 42—our own media platform where we communicate about the people and companies you should get to know, community events, economic updates and more.
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Southwest Michigan First distributes positive news about the region it serves through FIRST & 42, a digital platform offering updates on what the organization and local businesses are doing, as well as other regional happenings, in our geographical latitude—parallel 42. You can enjoy FIRST & 42 news from us in two ways: when you want it on the standalone site or delivered straight to your inbox through our digital newsletter called “First & 42: The Kalamazoo Region’s Digital Daily” on Mondays. Subscriptions are free, so there is no excuse not to get all that you need to know fast and at your fingertips—meaning on your phone, computer or watch.
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Western Michigan University Hosts Corporate Engagement Southwest Michigan Corporate Leadership Breakfast
On April 26, 2023, Western Michigan University’s (WMU) corporate engagement team hosted the first Southwest Michigan Corporate Leadership Breakfast, inviting local industry partners to campus to hear about WMU’s new approach to building strategic partnerships.
Be a Part of Revolutionary Leadership Development at Catalyst University 2023
With a long history of successful, revolutionary leadership development, Catalyst University, presented by Southwest Michigan First, is a great opportunity for anyone to learn from influential entrepreneurs, hear from community leaders, and build relationships with networking.
Michigan Growth Advisors: New Leaders in Economic Development
Through helping clients understand public incentives that allow them to move forward with economic development that otherwise seemed unviable because of costs, Michigan Growth Advisors assists with growing businesses, construction project management, and more.