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Dowagiac, MI

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Welcome to Dowagiac

Dowagiac is a small town in southwest Michigan. It’s a friendly community where your neighbors know you and give you a hand when you need it. Where you won’t be a stranger when you come into our local restaurants or sit with us in our football stands. It’s a city where you’ll receive quality health care just minutes from your home. Discover our passion for the arts, theater and music. Safely raise your family and comfortably retire here. Meet teachers who go the extra-mile so our children succeed. It’s where you’ll be awed by a state-of-the-art community college that helps everyone afford an education that can lead to better job opportunities.

Our city is the right size for businesses, too, whether you work from a home office or have 200+ workers on your factory’s payroll. We have a plentiful and skilled workforce. People who take care of customers. Who are loyal. Innovative. Take pride in what they make, process, fix and sell. Our retail, service and company leaders look out for each other and share knowledge that strengthens business. It’s a dynamic climate that has helped some of our companies flourish 100+ years. We’ll help your business prosper, too.

This historic community dates to the Potawatomi families that first settled here and from whom we derived our town’s name, which means “fishing [near home] water.”We’ve proudly preserved our picturesque, Victorian-era homes and central business district. Created lush parks where you can picnic, listen to concerts, play sports and enjoy holiday parades and seasonal festivals. We’ve protected our natural areas, lakes and rivers for hiking, outdoor recreation, fishing and seeing wildlife. It’s how we’ve come to be known as The Grand Old City.

Yet, as much as we treasure our history, we’re energized by our future. We’re ready to infuse your fresh ideas, entrepreneurial ventures, new neighborhoods and cultural experiences into our area. That “newness”is how Dowagiac will continue to be a wonderful place to work and call home. Take a few minutes to look through this website and see the opportunities that are here for you, your family and business. Then, let us know how we can help you live out your American Dream, right here in Dowagiac.

Vickie Phillipson, Director
Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce

Latest News from your Chamber

  • June 24th, 2018

    From the Desk of President Kim MacGregor

    Hello All!   I am so glad to see all the happy faces attending our After Hours at The Business Center of SW Michigan. I didn't realize there were 22 businesses housed there! It was fun talking to everyone! It was also great to see everyone at the ribbon cutting at Smoke Signal BBQ (Yum!!), Summer in the City (did you try the zip line?) and the Open Header Cruise (What a great job raising money and honoring Eddie)! What a great community that comes together and supports one another!

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  • June 24th, 2018

    Search Launched for Talented, Community-minded Ambassadors

    To ensure the continuity and future growth of your Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors is recruiting talented and community-minded volunteers to its Ambassadors’ Program.

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  • June 24th, 2018

    Rod & Roll Celebrates 28th Year Aug. 18

    Plans for the 28th annual Dowagiac Rod & Roll Classic Auto Show of the Chamber of Commerce are underway. 

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