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

  • June 1st, 2019

    Long 18-Month Wait for the Right Storefront is Over!

    One of the longest waits for an open storefront in Dowagiac came to an end in May with the opening of Don and Erica Pye's new business, 269 Apparel, within Donker Shopping Plaza.
     
    At the May 1 ribbon-cutting ceremony, Mayor Don Lyons shared advice given to him by his father. "Son, the harder you work, the luckier you will be."
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  • June 1st, 2019

    Chamber Spotlight Shines on C. Wimberley Auto Mall

    "North or south, there's no better deal!"
     
    This successful advertising slogan has not only embedded itself into the landscape of our minds, it also touts the two locations of C. Wimberely Auto Group, which employs more than 60 people.
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  • June 1st, 2019

    Art Found Gallery Enhances Dowagiac's Apppreciation of the Arts

    The infusion of art in a community speaks to both the economic vitality of a city and how the community sees itself.
     
    As City and Chamber leaders May 15 cut the ribbon on Dowagiac's newest gallery, Art Found, owner Steve Roll and his wife, Mary Rose, were greeted with open arms.
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