Kalamazoo Local Partners:
Southwest Michigan First is focused on creating jobs and cultivating a strong economy in Southwest Michigan. They are economic developers – also known as problem solvers, change agents, people connectors, business advocates and leadership developers.
The Michigan SBDC provides counseling, training and research to assist small business to launch, grow, transition and innovate.
Buy Local Kalamazoo helps build awareness of the benefits of supporting local independent businesses. They educate local residents on the benefits of purchasing local products and services and direct capital toward local financial institutions and businesses that are committed to building a more inclusive and healthy economy.
Located in Battle Creek, the Generation E Institue Center for Entrepreneurship connects entrepreneurs and businesses to the resources necessary for them to establish and expand businesses in our region. The CfE acts as the “first stop” for beginning entrepreneurs, guiding them through the idea stage to business plan completion, which includes access to a network of coaches and mentors, pro-bono or low cost service providers, investment capital, entrepreneurship training and more.
BH/SJ Local Partners:
Whether you are just starting out and need help with developing a business plan, or are established and need help with staffing, Kinexus can help. A fantastic resource for growing your business.
The Cornerstone Alliance Women's Business Center's goal is to give you the tools and resources you need to be Open for Business! Receive assistance with everything on how to start a business from loans, finance, marketing and writing your business plan.
Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce is all about promoting business and enhancing the community. If you have an established business and want to grow, Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce is an indispensable resource.