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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

Business Breakfast Roundtable
Business Breakfast Roundtable | Finding and Keeping Talent

Join the Southwest Michigan First Chamber on Tuesday, May 17 as we tackle talent attraction and retention challenges head on at our next Business Breakfast Roundtable. We will hear from local, regional and national experts as we explore some of the top tips to stand out in the market, discuss new ways to recruit with intention, and hear effective ways to keep and grow your talent from within.

May
17
Tuesday
Downtown Business Quarterly Townhall
Downtown Business Quarterly Townhall

The Southwest Michigan First Chamber hears the downtown business community’s concerns. We want to work even harder to connect with every business here to provide the support you need, especially in times like this. Wednesday, May 18, we are hosting a townhall-style gathering at The Catalyst Center to hear from you, learn from you, and help keep things moving forward for 2022 and beyond.

May
18
Wednesday
Sustainable Community Discussion | Partnerships that Move the Needle
Sustainable Community Discussion | Partnerships that Move the Needle

We are excited to invite you to our first in-person sustainable community program post-COVID! Join us on Tuesday, May 24 for an interactive discussion regarding how to build momentum and scale to make an impact in the community through partnerships. We will hear from representatives at Bell’s Brewing regarding what it took to form a partnership to address Super Sack recycling and build momentum with other organizations that have similar interests.

May
24
Tuesday
Business First | Certified Business
Business First | Become a Certified Business

On Thursday, May 26, Southwest Michigan First’s Business First Series discussion will feature experienced leaders who have supported organizations in the certification process. Our guests will walk us through the process of becoming certified as a woman-, minority-, or veteran-owned business enterprise and provide an overview of opportunities available to certified businesses.

May
26
Thursday
Chamber Connect | Pretty Lake
Chamber Connect | Pretty Lake Camp

Pack your business cards but leave the tent! The only things you’ll need to pitch during this June Chamber Connect at Pretty Lake Camp are great stories from your business. Join the Southwest Michigan First Chamber on Wednesday, June 1 to build relationships with your business peers while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

June
1
Wednesday
PTAC Lloyd & McKague
Southwest Michigan PTAC Presents Coffee & Contracting

Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 9:00-9:30 AM, the Southwest Michigan Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) hosts Coffee & Contracting – an opportunity to virtually network with government buyers, prime contractors, and learn contracting tips. Wednesday, June 22, join Southwest Michigan First’s Clarence Lloyd and Kelsey McKague as the program’s featured guest speakers.

June
22
Wednesday
Business First | Turning Process into Profit
Business First | Turning Process into Profit

On Thursday, June 23, Southwest Michigan First’s Business First Series discussion will feature business owners and consultants skilled in the art of lean implementation. We’ll talk through real-life examples of process improvements from a variety of sectors all designed to inspire you to increase profitability, improve sustainability, and eliminate waste.

June
23
Thursday

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