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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

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Virtual Legislative Update

Join us for this virtual event on Monday, September 25 to hear from elected officials and municipal leaders as they share their priorities and what they’ve been working on. Attendees will be able to help guide the conversation via questions submitted during the registration process.

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Green Drinks | City of Kalamazoo Community Sustainability Plan

Join us on Tuesday, September 26, to hear from Justin Gish, sustainability planner with the City of Kalamazoo, as he shares an overview of how the City of Kalamazoo is putting their Community Sustainability Plan into action.

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New Chamber Member Orientation

The Southwest Michigan First Chamber invites all new or returning members to our New Chamber Member Orientation to help you maximize your investment. Join us on Thursday, September 28 as we share an overview of the Chamber and how you can leverage your benefits to get the most out of your membership.

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MIX Design Day 2023 | Navigating Design with AI and Embracing Authenticity

Join us on Thursday, October 5 for MIX Design Day — a unique gathering that brings together designers from various fields to explore how AI impacts creativity, human expression, and the concept of authenticity in design. A celebration and networking session with music, food, and drink will follow.

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Black & Brown Connect Mixer

The Black & Brown Connect Mixer is the perfect opportunity to meet, share, and connect with business and community leaders and entrepreneurs. Join us on Thursday, October 5 in Western Michigan University’s new student center to discover the connections and resources available to help you start or run a successful business. Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and music from JQHL.

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Southwest Michigan First | Coffee and Civics

Join us on Friday, October 6 for a morning of coffee and conversation with some of our elected officials in a small group setting. Our new format provides a higher level of engagement and discussion for everyone. And, of course, coffee is provided!

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October Chamber Connect | The Kalamazoo Promise

Join us on Wednesday, October 11 for our next Chamber Connect with our friends at The Kalamazoo Promise, an unprecedented program that guarantees full college scholarships to potentially every Kalamazoo Public School graduate since its founding in 2006. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided.

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The State of Economic Development

Join us on Thursday, January 25, 2024 for our first annual State of Economic Development event for Southwest Michigan. This event brings together key private and public stakeholders to explore the economic investments being made now that will foster a prosperous community for years to come. You’ll gain valuable insights from discussions on current and future economic development trends with business leaders and other engaging guest speakers. Stay for the networking mixer immediately following.


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