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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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Rise & Thrive Coffee Connect

Join us on Tuesday, July 23, for our next Rise & Thrive event. We know time can be tight with kids and sports and after-work responsibilities. If you’ve been wanting to connect but can’t make it to after-work events, Rise & Thrive is for you!

July
23
Tuesday
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Green Drinks | Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy

Join us on Tuesday, July 23 to hear from Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy’s (SWMLC) President and Executive Director Mike Larson and Land Protection Director Kaleigh Winkler. They will provide an overview of the organization, share ways landowners can protect their land, and the future with their Conservation and Climate Resiliency Plan, Nature’s Network.

July
23
Tuesday
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July Chamber Connect at LaFontaine Jeep Kalamazoo

Join us on Wednesday, July 24 for our next Chamber Connect with our friends at LaFontaine Jeep Kalamazoo. RSVP today for hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and the best in networking!

July
24
Wednesday
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Intern Mixer at Revel & Roll West

Are you an intern this summer at a company located in Southwest Michigan? With summer days drifting away, make the most of your internship experience by striking up new connections. Meet us at Revel & Roll West on Wednesday, July 24 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. to celebrate all the ways your internship is putting your career in the right lane. This event is made possible by the  Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s You Can in Michigan campaign, The Kalamazoo Promise, and Southwest Michigan First.

July
24
Wednesday
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Advia Business Advantage Series: Strategic Insights for Business Growth

Join us for a special networking event in partnership with Fishbeck and Advia on Wednesday, July 31. Jeff Hawkins, vice president and senior hydrogeologist at Fishbeck, will deep dive into commercial development, site remediation, and tax incentives to support business growth. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages provided.

July
31
Wednesday
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Small & Mighty Business Series

Join us on Wednesday, August 7 for a power-packed lunch and learn session tailored exclusively for small businesses with up to 30 employees.

August
7
Wednesday
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August Chamber Connect at Vineyard Assisted Living Community

Join us on Wednesday, August 7 for our next Chamber Connect with our friends at Vineyard Assisted Living Community. RSVP today for hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and the best in networking!

August
7
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, August 14 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.

August
14
Wednesday
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First Annual Chamber Bowling Classic | Pins not Putts

Join us on Thursday, August 15 for our exciting new summer bowling FUNdraiser, Pins not Putts! Engage in a little friendly competition where the winning team selects their chosen nonprofit partner to receive a portion of the proceeds. Let’s strike up some fun and make a real difference in the greater Kalamazoo region together!

August
15
Thursday
photo of four business professionals standing, smiling, talking and drinking coffee at the Rise & Thrive Coffee Connect event at Farmers Alley Theatre
Rise & Thrive Coffee Connect

Join us on Tuesday, August 27, for our next Rise & Thrive event. We know time can be tight with kids and sports and after-work responsibilities. If you’ve been wanting to connect but can’t make it to after-work events, Rise & Thrive is for you!

August
27
Tuesday

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