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Nothing beats building a community by hanging out together. Our team always has an exciting line-up of educational, networking and advocacy events up our sleeve designed to accelerate leaders and organizations in Southwest Michigan. We can do it live—and we can do it virtually—so, get ready to shake things up on relevant, timely and creative topics. Sign up today for one of our upcoming events.

Upcoming Events

MIX-Up with Treystar

From English Gothic to Modernist, Kalamazoo is home to an array of architectural styles that date back to the 1830s. What will future blueprints draw up for our region? This is an opportunity to explore how multiple styles and changing technology are MIXed in the built environment. Join our area’s leading architectural firms for a MIX-Up and Discover Design Session on November 4, to gain insights into the predicted trends of spaces and architecture.

Sustainable Community Discussion | Styrofoam Recycling with Bronson

Whether you or your business have become a smooth-running mean-green machine, or you’re just getting to know the topic, Southwest Michigan First invites you to join a discussion with the local consortium of sustainability-focused businesses. Tune in on November 10, to hear about a potential community effort around Styrofoam recycling and Bronson Healthcare’s history with polystyrene densifiers and its efforts to impact the community. 

Cocktails with Clarence

Call us “old-fashioned” but why not meet in person? Sit down with Clarence Lloyd, director of the Southwest Michigan First Chamber, for a cocktail and conversation. During this open house-style event from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm, catch up with Clarence on how Southwest Michigan First can better serve you and your organization.

Access to Capital

Are you struggling to find capital to expand or start a business? Although capital is essential for all businesses to run successfully, accessing capital, and understanding which kind you need, is often confusing. On November 18, join Southwest Michigan First and our session speakers to learn the who, what, and where that you need to know to secure financial support.

What Does Southwest Michigan First Do?

Understand the ways Southwest Michigan First supports economic success throughout the seven-county region of Southwest Michigan. On December 9, join us as some division leaders from our organization highlight the business services we offer.

First Path

Do you have an idea for a business that you’ve been itching to make a reality? Or maybe a product that needs to be created? Do you feel that with a little support and some brainstorming, you’d finally be able to launch your business? If this sounds like you, then First Path is the perfect fit! Join Southwest Michigan First and program partner, Plywood People, for a nine-week journey to help you decide which direction you should take your idea. Not only will you be introduced to a community of support, but you’ll also get a chance to workshop your business idea.


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