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Expanded loans up to $15,000; grace periods between 1 and 6 months. Learn more.
Small businesses reap benefits from the support of organizations such as the GKBR.
We can connect you to resources for any season of your business.
Small businesses thrive in Kalamazoo, which boasts a vibrant downtown scene.

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February 8, 2021

Meijer will host its first virtual Localization Summit, giving local businesses across the retailer’s six-state footprint the opportunity to showcase their offerings to Meijer merchants.The April 1 virtual event will focus on the following categories:• Grocery, including fresh, deli and bakery• Baby• Beauty and personal care• Over-the-counter and wellnessBusinesses that manufacture or grow retail-ready products in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan or Wisconsin may apply by Friday, Feb. 19 for consideration.

Apply by Friday, Feb. 19 for consideration

Indoor Dining Resumes Feb. 1 with Limitations

The order will allow for indoor dining at restaurants with certain requirements; concessions at casinos, movie theaters and stadiums; personal services requiring mask removal; and non-residential gatherings of up to 10 people from two households. The new order will last three weeks, until Sunday, Feb. 21

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PPP Round Two and What it Means for You

Congress recently passed an end-of-year relief package that included a new and improved round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. If you are curious about what has been changed from the first round, and how those changes affect you, here’s a brief summary of what you need to know.

Read the summary

LISC Rural Relief Small Business Grants

Only small businesses located in rural communities are eligible at this time. Rural communities are defined as having a population of 50,000 or less. The next grant application period opens on Jan. 26, 2021 and runs through Feb. 19, 2021.

Find out if you’re eligible

MWF’s WomanUp & Pitch

Michigan Women Forward’s WomanUp & Pitch brings together 30 women entrepreneurs from across the state to pitch their business ideas and win cash prizes. Watch as each of 30 competition finalists pitches her business idea to a team of judges, and vote for your favorite! Mark these dates on your calendar so you don’t miss it:

  • Detroit Pitch Competition: February 16

All pitch competitions will be virtual and free and will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Register for the event

Southwest Michigan PTAC 2021 Class Schedule

The Southwest Michigan PTAC team is ready to assist you with your government contracting needs. During our temporary office closure please contact our team using the information below:

Check out our 2021 Class Listing

PMBC Access and Certification Grant

The PMBC Access and Certification Grant is designed to break down barriers preventing Michigan businesses from winning purchase orders.

The program has three objectives:

  • Increase supplier access to local and global procurement opportunities
  • Improve competitiveness in advanced manufacturing for Michigan small businesses
  • Enhance supplier capabilities and open doors to new industry verticals
Complete the form

Kalamazoo Small Business Health Protection Grants Available

With federal funding made available through the City of Kalamazoo, United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region is partnering to provide immediate grant support to businesses hardest hit by COVID-19 for costs related to health and human safety.

Beginning Dec. 7, 2020, eligible businesses may apply for a Kalamazoo Small Business Health Protection Grant, a reimbursement of up to $2,500 for expenses including PPE (personal protective equipment) or other costs incurred in pursuit of the general preservation of health and human safety.

Expenses must be dated from April 1, 2020 until present. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information contact:

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Success Stories

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Global Clinical Connections

Headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Global Clinical Connections is an international provider of clinical supply chain management services for compan
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Mamaleelu Cold Brew

Maliesha's passion and mission for Mamaleelu Cold Brew’s future is to highlight her brand as a black-woman-owned food brand in a highly competitive...
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Colors and Cocktails

When you consider all that Lauren Parker Lasater has done in the last 10 or so years, you would think she would be exhausted and just looking for ...

AureoGen Biosciences

A license agreement with Merck & Co gave exclusive rights to use the chemistry and derivatives of an antifungal compound to produce a compound…

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  • The WMed Innovation Center is a perfect environment for innovation to grow and become a successful commercial enterprise.
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  • WMU Business Connection logoWhether you are seeking a research partner or want to enlist the help of student groups in developing business plans, or just looking for ways to engage with WMU, the Business Connection office can find the resource to help move your business forward.
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  • Western Michigan University's Starting Gate helped me take an idea and transform it into a much more attainable reality. Whether providing talks with investors and business owners or accountability, the ultimate goal is helping your business succeed.  
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    The [Kalamazoo] Land Bank did robust community engagement around the vision and gave us something to work with that was solidly desired by people in the neighborhood. Having a vision meant we had to protect it. That’s something I thank the Land Bank for. It was difficult. It didn’t make anything faster or easier, but we got a better project in the end as a result of it.
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  • If you have any questions about starting, growing, or anything business related SCORE Kalamazoo/SW Michigan is a great resource.
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  • The Fetzer Center has anything you could ever want for any occasion. The facilities are beautiful, the food is great and the staff is excellent! I have hosted an event and been to an event at the Fetzer and both experiences have been excellent. Mary does a marvelous job!
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