market teaser

calendar teaser

member teaser



Dowagiac, MI


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

  • September 1st, 2019

    Rental Rehab Program Offers up to $60,000 for CBD Apartment Rehab

    Downtown property owners, who would like to enhance their investment, while developing a second revenue source, will again have the opportunity to apply for funding through the City of Dowagiac to develop upper-floor apartments.
    The city plans to apply for Community Development Block Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, to support the development and rehabilitation of quality and affordable rental housing within the downtown.
    Read more ...  
  • September 1st, 2019

    Chamber Spotlight Shines on Rosy Tomorrows

    Nestled within the Masonic Temple building, as Rosy Tomorrows heads into its fifth year, today's store has certainly come into its own as it offers a wonderful selection of new and vintage home decor.
    "When you walk into our shop, you experience an offering of our hearts, our creativity and our faith," said Jennifer Morford. Jennifer is one of three creative spirits that comprise the team at Rosy Tomorrows, which is owned by Claudia Zebell. Jennifer and Claudia are shown above with Dawn Schlipp, (far left) who is best known for her refurbished vintage furniture.
    Read more ...  
  • September 1st, 2019

    Learn the Ins & Outs of Small Business Accounting

    Mandy Wallace, staff accountant for Accounting Consultants, will be the guest speaker of Lunch & Learn on Thursday, September 12, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce office.
    Wallace, who is also a Chamber trustee, will discuss software options and the benefits of bookkeeping in the cloud.
    Read more ...