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 30th, 2019

    Donations Accepted to Miss Dowagiac Scholarship Fund

    The Miss Dowagiac Scholarship Pageant, which is entering its 81st year, is now taking donations to its Scholarship Fund.
     
    Pageant director Tracy Urbanski of the Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center, and members of the Pageant Executive Committee welcomed 14 young women, who attended the recent orientation social held at Dowagiac Area History Museum. Contestants of the upcoming Feb. 6 pageant are shown above.
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  • October 30th, 2019

    Rental Rehab Program Attracts Much Attention

    When $60,000 is on the table and available to downtown property owners, who renovate their upper levels into residential apartments, it definitely attracts attention.
     
    Eighteen building owners and contractors attended the Rental Rehab orientation, held at City Hall earlier this month. Marilyn Smith, of Smith Housing, provided the briefing on the program that uses Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support the development and rehabilitation of quality and affordable rental housing within the central business district.
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  • October 30th, 2019

    A Celebration of Our Members

    People, businesses and organizations that care for our community resonated throughout the evening at the Chamber's Annual Dinner & Celebration of its Members.
    More than 125 people gathered for the annual event Wednesday at the Elks Lodge, where Chamber officials paid tribute to Lifestyle Nutrition; Kyle Belew, owner of The Wounded Minnow; Dowagiac Union Schools; Joe Odenwald, Southwestern Michigan College incoming president; and Domestic And Sexual Assault Services (DASAS). Presdient Kim MacGregor is shown above with the award recipients.
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