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The Southwest Michigan First Chamber supports the mission of Southwest Michigan First, not only in its support of economic prosperity for all, but also through strengthening our existing small business community. A strong small business presence is a proven key attractor for new businesses and a reason why families, existing companies and their employees want to stay here.

Whether you employ three or thousands, the Southwest Michigan First Chamber is here to support and connect your business to the resources in our community. We serve members of every size. We invite you to join us in this mission today!

Why Join the Chamber?

When you join the Southwest Michigan First Chamber, you are helping us foster a pro-business environment, build strong businesses and communities and enhance the quality of life in southwest Michigan. Plus, did you know that when consumers know that a small business is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 44% more likely to think favorably of it and 63% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future? (Source)

The Chamber is perfect for businesses and leaders who want one or more of the following:
  1. Increased Visibility – By adding the “Proud Member of the Southwest Michigan First Chamber” decal to your website or to your front door, you will instantly have more visibility to other business owners, residents and community organizations. Plus, you’ll be listed in a searchable directory along with hundreds of other businesses. When more people know about your work, more partnership opportunities are possible.
  2. Increased Access – Your involvement with our programs and community mean you may never have to reach out to another business cold again! Whether it’s a potential vendor or business partner, we can help warm up those connections.
  3. Advocacy – Did you know we have teammates here that specifically focus on public policy related to businesses just like yours? We work with elected officials, from the State to your neighborhood, to make sure your voice gets heard and considered.
  4. Networking – If connecting to community and being in the know about what’s going on is important to you, attending our Chamber Connects and our Coffee and Cocktail events is a fantastic way to meet new folks, generate ideas or to hear what’s working and what’s not so you can adjust.
  5. Low-cost Advertising – From creative and traditional sponsorship opportunities to our weekly newsletter that goes to nearly 14,000 inboxes of our active partners, we have a number of ways to help you get the word out and get folks involved in what you’re doing.
  6. Business service provider discounts – Your membership can pay for itself when you take advantage of discounts on event space rental, printing, office supplies and most types of insurance, including healthcare, worker’s compensation and auto.
  7. Training and education – Training and education can be expensive and time-consuming. The Southwest Michigan First Chamber partners to provide monthly programs that are business-focused to help you do business better, often at little to no cost for members. Plus, with our team of experts and consultants, we provide complimentary one-on-one consultations at times that fit your schedule.

Need help selecting the perfect benefits package for your business? Contact us today at 269.553.9588 or email.

Recommended for 3-19 employees – For businesses that want greater access to resources, information and community connection opportunities.

  • Access to one-on-one business consultations with the Chamber team
  • Complimentary registration to select events
  • Business listing in the Chamber digital directory
  • Discounted cost for Certificates of Origin
  • Discounts on many business and personal insurance rates, office supplies, print projects and merchant processing
  • Eligible for Chamber ambassador and advisory role
  • Preferred booking priority at the Catalyst

Recommended for 20-99 employees – For more established businesses looking to connect to additional leadership and business development opportunities.

  • All the benefits of the Chamber Level
  • Discounted and Preferred booking priority at the Catalyst Center in the Warner Building (180 E. Water St.)
  • The largest discounts on select events
  • (1) complimentary feature in Southwest Michigan First communication channel (social media, First & 42 newsletter)
  • Up to 3 affiliate memberships (additional company locations, subsidiaries, or brands)

Recommended for 100+ employees – Take the Next step in your investment in the small business and entrepreneur community. Chamber Next Level members are industry leaders that want to have the highest level of Chamber member benefits and even more impact in the business community.

  • All the benefits of the Chamber Plus level
  • Up to 10 affiliate memberships included (additional company locations, subsidiaries, or brands)
  • (1) included Southwest Michigan First Chamber event in your business, subject to schedule availability (Chamber Connect, Business Roundtable, etc.)
  • (4) tickets to the annual Chamber Awards Celebration (beginning 2022)