rsz downtown storefronts 032One of the most exciting business opportunities in southwestern Michigan awaits you in Dowagiac. We're an historic community, in which so many wonderful things are  coming together for the entrepreneur.

The best way to find out why Dowagiac is the right place for your business or industry
is to visit us. We'll introduce you to some of the people who have built their success
in this growing community of life-long residents and loyal patrons.

A pro-active business recruitment campaign targets business and industry in search
of a community that enjoys a low cost, yet high quality of life. Low land prices, a
plentiful and skilled workforce, and moderate wage rates, makes our convenient
location in southwestern Michigan even more desirable to the industrialist.

For the retailer, our customer base flourishes by another 20 percent during peak
summer months, as neighboring Sister Lakes is frequented by tourists from the tri-
state area.

Business owners enjoy a positive and personalized working relationship with the City
of Dowagiac. Whether you need help in finding a business location, obtaining a
building permit or planning an expansion, assistance is only a phone call away. From
the City of Dowagiac’s Economic Development and Building departments to its
Downtown Development Authority (DDA), a team of knowledgeable professionals will
provide you with friendly, personalized service.

For information on the central business district, contact the DDA at (269) 782-8212. 

The Michigan Small Business Development Center provides counseling, training,
research and advocacy for new business owners, existing small businesses and
innovative tech companies. A Guide to Starting & Operating a Small Business
is available at www.SBDCMichigan.org

Other helpful links include:

Latest News from your Chamber

  • May 3rd, 2021

    Chamber Spotlights Erick's Carpet Cleaning

    Your carpet and furnishings, whether at your home or office, are one of your biggest investments, which require more than weekly vacuuming.
     
    Erick Dohm, owner of Erick's Carpet Cleaning LLC, is a former 14-year employee of Alpha Clean and is certified through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration. 
     
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  • May 3rd, 2021

    Sandy & Rachel's Passion is to Help People

    A week before Michigan issued its Stay at Home, Stay Safe mandate, Rachel Jurgenson and her mother and business partner, Sandy Jones, signed a lease with Jeff and Melissa Gunn on the rear storefront of Deck the Halls.


    They spent the next few weeks renovating the interior of the storefront at 103 Commercial, and relocated their business from their first location in Dowagiac, which they shared with Bronzed Buns, adjacent to Aaron's. While the start of the pandemic in March 2020 gave them additional time to work on their new setting, their opening the following month certainly helped soothe the anxiety many were feeling during this past year.

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  • May 3rd, 2021

    The Restaurant Revitalization Fund Application Opens Today, With Webinar Assistance May 6

     Today is the day! The Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) application is now open through the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) application portal. The SBA is administering this new $28.6-billion COVID-19 relief fund that will provide restaurants with financial support equal to their pandemic-related revenue losses.
     
    For program details like eligibility, funding amount, allowable use of funds, and more, check out the SBA’s dedicated webpages. To stay current on funding programs available through the SBA, sign up for their email updates. Locally, questions can be directed to the Michigan Small Business Development Center at Western Michigan University at 269.387.6004.
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