Partners and Resources

The City of Kalamazoo works with a variety of local organizations on its economic development initiatives, including:

Small Business Development Center (SBTDC)

3110 Schneider Hall, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008 • (269) 387-6004 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Free one-on-one counseling and research services for start-up and existing small businesses • Training seminars, classes and workshops • Lenders Assistance Program (walks clients through practice loan-application sessions)

Downtown Kalamazoo Inc. (DKI)

141 E. Michigan Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 • (269) 344-0795 •

Oversight of the revitalization of the central business district • Assistance with real-estate and business development

Haworth College of Business Department of Management, Western Michigan University

2100 Schneider Hall, Mail Stop 5457, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 • (269) 387-5242 •

Assistance and expertise for local small businesses and nonprofit organizations • Consulting and feasibility studies

One Place, Kalamazoo Public Library Reference Department

315 S. Rose St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007 • (269) 553-7801 •

Small-business collection, including information on starting and running a small business • Directories of business sources, manufacturers and distributors • Community information • Grant Research assistance and classes • Nonprofit training and consulting

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

202 N. Rose St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007 • (269) 373-7800 •

Weekend courses designed to meet needs of full-time workers

Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC) at Kalamazoo Valley Community College

7107 Elm Valley Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49009 • (269) 353-1253 •

Training • Career-development seminars and training • Business incubator • Facility rental

Michigan Works! Employment Resource Center

1601 S. Burdick St., Kalamazoo, MI 49001 • (269) 383-2536 •

Placement services for employers and employees • Employer and employee access to Michigan’s Talent Bank online • Free job search workshops

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)

Comerica Building, 151 S. Rose St. #102 Kalamazoo, MI 49007 • (269) 381-5382 •

Free one-on-one counseling for small-business owners and managers of both existing and start-up businesses (provided by active and retired volunteer business executives) • Workshops (at a small cost)

Small Business Association of Michigan/Lansing

120 N. Washington Square, Lansing, MI 48933 • (800) 362-5461 •

Leadership in the promotion of free enterprise and other common interests of small businesses

Southwest Michigan First

241 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49007 • (269) 553-9588 •

Business development, retention and attraction • Site-selection services • Assistance in acquiring capital funding • Liaison to workforce and training resources • Investment forums

Southwest Michigan Technical Assistance Center — Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce

Jan Campbell, program manager • 222 South Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49007 • (269) 385-0470, •

Assistance in selling to federal, state and local governments • Assistance with registrations for federal and state contracting • Help in providing government and military specifications for manufacturing • Assistance with bid match for government solicitations

W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

300 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49007 • (269) 343-5541 •

Employment statistics and information on opportunities in Kalamazoo and the region

Starting Gate, Western Michigan University

4779 Campus Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49008 • (269) 387-5860 •

Student companies completing the accelerator program this school year are eligible to apply for a $10,000 prize

Southwest Michigan Innovation Center

4717 Campus Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49008 • (269) 353-1823 •

A state-designated SmartZone incubator/accelerator designed to provide wet-lab space, access to venture funding, proximity to Western Michigan University resources and business services to emerging companies in life science industries.

City of Kalamazoo

Home to the Kalamazoo Promise, three institutions of higher education, two nationally recognized healthcare systems, cutting-edge medical research, world-class brewing and dining, outstanding parks, and an extensive variety of music, art, theatre, and cultural attractions.


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 (269) 337-8047
 (269) 337-8182
 241 West South Street
     Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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