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

  • October 3rd, 2021

    Chamber Members & City Officials Tour The Hatch Street Manor, a Luxury Boutique Guesthouse

    Stay Dowagiac continues to strengthen its allure in southwest Michigan as a second and, most recently, a third Airbnb join its ranks.

    Desmond Lathan, owner of The Hatch Street Manor, hosted the Chamber’s Business After Hours in September, as more than 35 Chamber members and City officials enjoyed personal tours of this luxury boutique guesthouse.

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  • October 3rd, 2021

    Dowagiac Christmas Celebration Returns!

    Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus and he's heading back to downtown Dowagiac, along with Mrs. Claus and a holiday showcase of local youth!

    After a year's absence due to the pandemic, planning is under way for Christmas Open House Weekend, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 12 and 13, the Candle-light Christmas Parade that returns to Front Street on Friday, Dec. 3; and Breakfast with Santa that is co-hosted in December by Dowagiac Elks.

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  • October 3rd, 2021

    This is a Milestone Worth Celebrating!

    Look who just turned 135!

    On September 28 Mennel Milling marked its 135th anniversary.

    It all began more than a century ago, when The Isaac Harter Milling Company was established in 1886 in Fostoria, Ohio. At the time, the Fostoria Flour Mill was the largest flour mill in the country not located on water.

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