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

  • January 6th, 2020

    Ice Time Festival Returns Downtown February 1

    Ice Time Festival returns to downtown Dowagiac February 1st for the 24th year. 
    Event chairman and treasurer of the Chamber of Commerce Kris Soenen said Ice Time is snow packed full of activities, encouraging families to enjoy Michigan’s great outdoors. New this year, FROSTY FOOSBALL! A human foosball court will be set up for open play, as well as a tournament. Get your six-person team together and check out the Chamber's facebook page for more details.
    Read more ...  
  • January 6th, 2020

    Be Sure to Reserve Your Brochure Ad Space

    Advertising is being sold in the Dowagiac & Sister Lakes Business & Events Brochure, which will be published this spring.   
    The annual publication that was redesigned in 2018, markets the community to day-visitors and also features a list of Chamber members and a quick reference of community events.
    Read more ...  
  • January 6th, 2020

    Join Us for Lunch & Learn January 22

    Laura Odenwald, owner of Odenwald Strategies, LLC, will be the guest speaker of the next Lunch & Learn on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce office.
    Odenwald will briefly discuss the latest trends in social media and provide ample time for a Q+A session on the topics of public relations and marketing for your business.
    Read more ...