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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

August Chamber Connect

Let your connections bloom by joining the business community for a Chamber Connect. The Southwest Michigan First Chamber is excited to invite members to the August networking event on Wednesday, August 4 at Gull Meadow Farms. Dig out your sunscreen and prepare to load your shovels with new contacts for your business.

August
4
Wednesday
Community Efforts to Support Entrepreneurship

This Business First event will focus on existing programs, resources and partnerships that make Kalamazoo an attractive place for entrepreneurs to flourish. Don’t miss your chance to engage with our region’s “village of entrepreneurs,” expand your business network, and learn about resources to help you navigate the ever-evolving economic landscape.

August
5
Thursday
Coffee with Clarence

Don’t be latté! Head to coffee this day with Southwest Michigan First Chamber Director Clarence Lloyd to further catch up and communicate your thoughts on how Southwest Michigan First can better serve you and your organization. The event will run like an open house from 7:30 am to 10:00 am.

August
6
Friday
Work-Life Balance

Over the last year, we have seen “Work-Life Balance” take a backseat due to the challenges of juggling daily responsibilities and continuously shifting work environments. This next event in Southwest Michigan First’s Business First series will help you shift the hard work and energy put into handling continuous change and recalibrate to enjoy the journey of establishing your work-life balance for years to come.

August
19
Thursday
Cocktails with Clarence

Cheers to our local small businesses! Join Clarence Lloyd, the 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.

August
19
Thursday
Late August Chamber Connect

On August 25, the Southwest Michigan First Chamber invites you to its August Chamber Connect! Invest in your business relationships by spending a Wednesday evening with CSM Group and the Chamber Community at the Foundry. Joining us as the featured non-profit, Gryphon Place will share information about the critical programming the organization provides for those experiencing a crisis.

August
25
Wednesday
MIX Design Day

For Design Day 2021, MIX Southwest Michigan First invites the creative community to join us to explore Connectedness in Design. This fully in-person, interactive event will introduce designers and creatives representing a wide range of disciplines to a day of great content, inspiration and fun. This year’s Design Day program will feature local and national designers and experts who will share why the most impactful designs are built on a strong foundation of solid connection and communication.

September
16
Thursday
Coffee with Clarence

Where have you “bean?” Southwest Michigan First Chamber Director Clarence Lloyd would like to catch up. Clarence would love to hear your thoughts on how Southwest Michigan First can serve you and your organziation. The event will run like an open house from 7:30 am to 10:00 am.

September
17
Friday
First Path

Designed to help problem solvers and entrepreneurs, First Path will introduce you to a community of support, and a place where you will get a chance to workshop your business idea. This program offers a proven problem-solving method that has been implemented by hundreds of people before you. It is delivered in partnership with Atlanta-based Plywood People.

September
21
Tuesday
Cocktails with Clarence

Join Clarence Lloyd, the 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, stop by the Stamped Robin in downtown Kalamazoo to share your thought directly with Clarence on how Southwest Michigan First can better serve you and your organization.

October
7
Thursday
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.

November
11
Thursday

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