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

  • September 30th, 2019

    Cloud-based Accounting Software is the Future for Businesses

    Savvy business owners agree gone are the days of shoe-box bookkeeping, ledger paper and even desk-top software, which is being replaced by cloud-based accounting programs such as Quick Books Online.
     
    Mandy Wallace, staff accountant for Accounting Consultants, was guest speaker of the Chamber's Lunch & Learn September 10. Wallace is also a Chamber trustee.
     
    "Our world is changing rapidly," Wallace said. "Technology is a driving force behind those changes."
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  • September 30th, 2019

    Chamber Spotlight Shines on Jim D's Body Shop

    “The more things change, the more they stay the same”.
    This translated quote by nineteenth century editor and writer, Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, could be considered the standard work ethic of Jim D’s Body Shop.
    The third-generation auto body repair shop has undergone numerous adjustments and improvements in its 47-year existence to maintain its slogan, “Collision Repairs a Specialty”.
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  • September 30th, 2019

    Hospital Marks 14th Year as Major Holiday Underwriter

    As planning begins for the holiday retail season, the Chamber is pleased to announce Ascension Borgess-Lee Hospital for the 14th consecutive year has stepped forward as the major $2,000 underwriter of this community’s Christmas celebration.
     
    The four-fold event features family activities during Open House Weekend, Nov. 15 & 16, Small Business Saturday and continues Friday, Dec. 6, as the magnificent lighted procession of 100 holiday floats, costumed characters and marching bands usher in one of this community’s best-loved traditions. 
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