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

  • August 2nd, 2020

    Same Day Rewards Program Kicks Off Labor Day Weekend

    Business owners who would like to expand the reach of their brand or product, while building stronger relationships with their peers, will have the opportunity to do so thanks to the Chamber’s new “Same Day Rewards Program.”
     
    “Everyone loves a deal,” said Chamber trustee Jim Frazier, owner of Vincent J. Jewelers. “Discounts are great for driving customers into our stores.”
     
    The Chamber’s new four-month cross promotion kicks off Labor Day weekend, as it rewards consumers for shopping local as the community heads back to school and prepares for the holidays.
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  • August 2nd, 2020

    Flash Back to 1989, as Renovation Work on China Garden Begins

    When Larry Seurynck began power washing the front facade of China Garden, flashbacks to 1989 came to mind for Front Street business owners, who witnessed the initial wave of renovation work 31 years ago.
     
    Larry was there too. And so was the Downtown Development Authority.
     
    When contractor after contractor said they were booked for the next six to 12 months, Vickie Phillipson, DDA and Chamber of Commerce program director, asked Larry to come out of retirement. Who better to work on the property, owned by Zhen & Jenny Yang, than the person that once owned and originally renovated these two storefronts and three others on Front Street.
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  • August 2nd, 2020

    Deadline is Friday for New Grant Funding for Workplace Safety

    As businesses are doing their best to protect customers, employees and communities, they’re not just winging it. Every decision has to be made with safety in mind and a new grant program will help them cover expenses to do so.
     
    Applications are now available for the Michigan COVID-19 Safety Grant Program, a new initiative launched by the State of Michigan Labor and Economic Opportunity Department that will provide small businesses matching funds of up to $10,000 to decrease the risk of COVID-19 spread through safety and health-related equipment purchased and training in response to COVID-19.
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