At Southwest Michigan First, we believe that there’s nothing small about small business in Southwest Michigan. The contributions of our small businesses to jobs, creativity and the gross domestic product are vital to our region’s economy. Small businesses are everywhere—in our neighborhoods, at our crossroads and on the bustling streets of our cities, townships and villages. Members of small business division enjoy:

CONCIERGE SERVICE: Our team of community builders and job creators can connect you with the resources you need to succeed, including consultations and Certificates of Origin.

COMMUNICATIONS, SOCIAL MEDIA AND THOUGHT LEADERSHIP: Delivered to your mailbox, inbox and networks will be good stories from around Southwest Michigan, shout-outs on social media, our monthly digital newsletter, your inclusion in our small business directory and Always Forward blogs and podcasts.

CONNECT: Our after-hours experiences bring together our small business community to network and learn about regional assets and services.

FIRST LEADERS: Our breakfast leadership series is designed to expose emerging leaders to insights and leadership lessons from established executives throughout the region, state and nation.

CATALYST UNIVERSITY: Discounted rates get you access to our annual leadership conference featuring world-class speakers, incredible peer-to-peer interaction and an energizing and amazing atmosphere.

ADVOCACY: Invitations to our signature events, The Listening Post and Advocacy and Ale, allow you to engage with state and local government representatives about the issues affecting regional growth.

For more information, go to http://www.southwestmichiganfirst.com/small-business/.