The Ties That Bind


Unite. Bond. Link. Simply put, the Southwest Michigan First Chamber exists to connect businesses in our region. We believe that, by creating opportunities for businesses to come together, our local communities and economy will grow stronger through the heightened creation of jobs and innovation.

We invite all—small, medium-sized and large—businesses to join with us to create a unique network in Southwest Michigan and make our region a great place to work and live!

As a Chamber member, you will have access to:

  • One-On-One Business Consultations: Let us sit down together for a consultation offering you simplified pathways to resources to help you strategize, retool and grow. More than simply pointing you in the right direction, we’ll make the right introductions to get you in front of the people you need to know.
  • Informational Workshops: You and your team can take advantage of free or discounted access to our events, educational experiences and programs.
  • Certificates of Origin: We are your local source for this important international trade document certifying goods in your export shipment originated in the U.S. Learn more about the process here. To begin the certification process, email us or call 269.553.9588.
  • Ribbon Cuttings: Let us celebrate you and your growth. You supply the location and we’ll bring the ribbon, scissors and our team to cheer your success.
  • Advocacy: Enjoy access to public policy discussions that impact your business and your industry.
  • Leadership Roundtables: Get the knowledge you need to grow your business from those with experience at our business roundtables.
  • Networking Events: Our after-hours experiences, called Connects, bring together our Chamber business community, community partners and regional leaders to help you make new friends and learn about regional assets and services.
  • News and Media: Delivered to your inbox will be the good news stories of “First & 42: The Kalamazoo Region’s Digital Daily.” Please connect with us on social media also to enjoy shout-outs and up-to-the-minute event information.
  • Visibility: Your Chamber membership shows your support for economic growth and continued vibrancy in Southwest Michigan. Your listing on our Chamber Directory will acknowledge your commitment.
  • Discounted Pricing: Chamber members are invited to take advantage of select opportunities offered to members of the Southwest Michigan First Chamber, like discounted pricing for Catalyst University and other leadership events and for key business insurances, services and supplies.

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.

As a Chamber investor, businesses can take advantage of less restrictive access to 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.

Businesses participating in the National Chamber Program under the Southwest Michigan First Chamber can save between 15 to 40% on day-to-day, high-use office products through Office Depot, including major savings on custom printing. You can also enjoy significant savings on Office Depot catalog items and shop the discounted prices online here.

Our area account representative, Set Kibbe is available to assist at 855.337.6811 x16089.

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.

Interested in Chamber membership? To join the Chamber or renew your Chamber membership, start the process below or contact Clarence Lloyd at 269.553.9588.