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Welcome to Dowagiac

Dowagiac is a small town in southwest Michigan. It’s a friendly community where your neighbors know you and give you a hand when you need it. Where you won’t be a stranger when you come into our local restaurants or sit with us in our football stands. It’s a city where you’ll receive quality health care just minutes from your home. Discover our passion for the arts, theater and music. Safely raise your family and comfortably retire here. Meet teachers who go the extra-mile so our children succeed. It’s where you’ll be awed by a state-of-the-art community college that helps everyone afford an education that can lead to better job opportunities.

Our city is the right size for businesses, too, whether you work from a home office or have 200+ workers on your factory’s payroll. We have a plentiful and skilled workforce. People who take care of customers. Who are loyal. Innovative. Take pride in what they make, process, fix and sell. Our retail, service and company leaders look out for each other and share knowledge that strengthens business. It’s a dynamic climate that has helped some of our companies flourish 100+ years. We’ll help your business prosper, too.

This historic community dates to the Potawatomi families that first settled here and from whom we derived our town’s name, which means “fishing [near home] water.”We’ve proudly preserved our picturesque, Victorian-era homes and central business district. Created lush parks where you can picnic, listen to concerts, play sports and enjoy holiday parades and seasonal festivals. We’ve protected our natural areas, lakes and rivers for hiking, outdoor recreation, fishing and seeing wildlife. It’s how we’ve come to be known as The Grand Old City.

Yet, as much as we treasure our history, we’re energized by our future. We’re ready to infuse your fresh ideas, entrepreneurial ventures, new neighborhoods and cultural experiences into our area. That “newness”is how Dowagiac will continue to be a wonderful place to work and call home. Take a few minutes to look through this website and see the opportunities that are here for you, your family and business. Then, let us know how we can help you live out your American Dream, right here in Dowagiac.

Vickie Phillipson, Director
Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce

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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