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, 2021

    Dowagiac's New Guest Housing Sites Collaborate on Stay Dowagiac

    Chamber of Commerce members on July 20 toured the 1870 House, one of the new Airbnbs to open within the community.

    Owners Zena Burns and her husband, Richard, hosted the return of Business After Hours, the first business gathering the organization has held since the onset of the pandemic. They are shown above with Kris Soenen, Chamber president and Mayor Don Lyons.

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  • August 2nd, 2021

    Black Business Expo Expands Segments and Seeks Vendors from Throughout Michigan

    Black Wall Street Kalamazoo is readying its next Annual Kalamazoo Black Business Expo. With the last local expo bringing together more than 800 people from Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Grand Rapids, Detroit, and even some parts of Indiana to Buy Black, this is an excellent opportunity for Black businesses to be showcased, educated on resources, and to demonstrate collaboration.
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  • August 2nd, 2021

    Rod & Roll Classic Auto Show Welcomes Wood, Stock & Grill Aug. 21

    Plans for the 30th annual Dowagiac Rod & Roll Classic Auto Show of the Chamber of Commerce are underway. Chamber President and Event Chairperson Kris Soenen, owner of Who Knew? Consignment, is heading up the event, assisted by Co-chair Jim Kazlauskas, owner of Jim D’s Body Shop.

    More than 200 classic cars will drive in from all over southwestern Michigan and northern Indiana on Saturday, Aug. 21, vying for the Best of Show and Top 15. Five separate categories will also be awarded that include best custom, engine, interior, paint and rat rod. Visitors can talk shop with car owners, view beautifully restored vehicles and partake in breakfast on Front Street, hosted by Jordan Anderson, owner of The Baker’s Rhapsody. New this year, the event welcomes Wood, Stock & Grill that will serve BBQ out of its Volkswagen Beetle-based "smokewagon."
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