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

  • January 5th, 2020

    Social Media Trends Point to Interaction and Authenticity

    While there will always be a place for print marketing, growing numbers of small business owners are looking to social media to build their own communities.

    Laura Odenwald, owner of Odenwald Strategies and guest speaker of the Chamber's Jan. 22 Lunch & Learn, profiled social media trends for business owners to watch. Odenwald is a marketing consultant for businesses and non-profits.

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  • January 5th, 2020

    Chamber Spotlight Shines on The Wright Place

    The Wright Place is a Michigan tradition, enjoyed within the heart of Sister Lakes, where lake vacationers arrive by car, bike or skateboard.

    Spectacular breakfasts are served up daily to patrons, who return time and time again. At The Wright Place, the staff knows great meals begin with quality fresh products, much of which are grown right here in Cass County.

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  • January 5th, 2020

    Community Turns Out in Full Force to Welcome Dr. Joe

    In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.

    Dr. Joe Odenwald, incoming president of Southwestern Michigan College, reflected on this quote by Eric Hoffer, as he addressed a packed audience Jan. 16 within the Student Activity Center. Hosted in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce, the community turned out in full force for the reception, welcoming the college's eighth president.

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