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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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MIX at Spring RID+I Talent Celebration and Senior Showcase

Join us on Thursday, April 25 for an unforgettable evening of creativity and innovation as we celebrate the expanded WMU Richmond Institute for Design + Innovation (RID+I). This is a unique opportunity to meet the graduating interior architecture and product design students as you network with other creative professionals.

April
25
Thursday
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Small Business Scams and Identity Theft with Attorney General Dana Nessel

Join us on Monday, April 29 for an insightful presentation where we delve into the common pitfalls and threats that small businesses face and explore practical strategies to safeguard your business against these risks. Attorney General Dana Nessel will shed light on various types of scams targeting small businesses and how you can protect your business from identity theft and its potentially devastating consequences. A Q&A session will follow.

April
29
Monday
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Small & Mighty Business Series | Driving Profit Through Mission and Values

Join us on Wednesday, May 1 for a power-packed lunch and learn session tailored exclusively for small businesses with up to 30 employees. We’ll hear from Michele Coy, Certified SCORE Mentor, to understand how establishing and engaging your mission and values can drive culture and profitability.

May
1
Wednesday
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Chamber Member Orientation

The Southwest Michigan First Chamber invites all new or returning members to our Chamber Member Orientation to help you maximize your investment. Join us on Wednesday, May 8 for this in-person event as we share an overview of the Chamber and how you can leverage your benefits to get the most out of your membership.

May
8
Wednesday
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May Chamber Connect at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Michigan

Join us on Wednesday, May 8 for our next Chamber Connect with our friends at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Michigan. Build your business network, increase brand awareness—and even challenge Clarence and Kevin to a little doubles ping pong—all while learning about this amazing organization from inside their newly renovated space. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided.

May
8
Wednesday
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Business Breakfast Roundtable | Empowering Promoted Leaders

Join us on Thursday, May 9, as we explore ways to prime and prepare your future leaders and newly promoted executives, and more importantly, how to continue supporting them after the transition. Plus, you’ll get a first look at “First Up”, a program designed to empower young professionals.

May
9
Thursday

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