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

Other helpful links include:

Latest News from your Chamber

  • November 4th, 2021

    The Unveiling of the Altus Airbnb Apartment Rental Draws a Standing Room Only Crowd

    She was a diamond in the rough.

    The old Harvey building that sat quiet and vacant on Front Street for much of four, if not five decades, was just that – a diamond in the rough, waiting for someone with the right vision and the right passion to bring her back to life. 

    Today, she is known as The Altus Airbnb apartment rental.

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  • November 4th, 2021

    Experience the Holidays by Moonlight

    Join us downtown on Thursday evenings this December for four exclusive nights of shopping, while experiencing the magic of holiday lights!
    Front Street specialty shops and restaurants welcome you to this relaxed dining and shopping experience.

    Each of the participating specialty shops will be open until 7 p.m., as they roll out special discounts, drawings and sweets just for you!
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  • November 4th, 2021

    Dowagiac Universal Gift Certificates Make Great Year-end Gifts for Employees & Clients

    If you're looking for a year-end gift for your employees or clients, Dowagiac Universal Gift Certificates are a wonderful choice with added benefits for the business community.

    Available at the Chamber of Commerce, the gift cards may be redeemed at any Chamber member location. When you gift a Universal Dowagiac Gift Card, you are funneling money back into the hands of Chamber-member businesses, organizations and community. It's a win, win situation for everyone.