Southwest Michigan First

6:14 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Southwest Michigan First to Lead Economic Development in Marshall

Contract is more expensive than deal with Battle Creek Unlimited, but it includes additional services
Southwest Michigan First will be paid $950,000 over the next two years to head economic development in Marshall under an agreement it signed last week with the city's Area Economic Development Alliance. The contract, obtained Wednesday by the Enquirer through a Freedom of Information Act request, outlines services that include retaining current businesses, attracting new employers, staffing the city's visitor center and small business and downtown development.
12:59 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Ottawa County Economic Development Agency Picks Executive From Kalamazoo as Next President

Jennifer Owens has been a vice president at Southwest Michigan First
Jennifer Owens has been appointed as Lakeshore Advantage's next president.She replaces Randy Thelen at the helm of the local nonprofit organization that's responsible for helping propel economic development throughout Ottawa County, its board of directors announced this morning."I'm honored to become part of a collaborative community that supports and fosters business growth and look forward to working with area leaders to help maximize this positive momentum," Owens said.
6:29 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Snyder praises Innovation Center at 10th anniversary celebration

Snyder says entrepreneurship requires risk
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - "You can't be an entrepreneur and innovator and be fully rational," Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday in Kalamazoo. "If you follow the rational path, you cannot do something that people say can't be done," Snyder said, en route to praising the Southwest Michigan Innovation Cente r for providing an environment for entrepreneurs and innovation in the Kalamazoo region.
6:17 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Snyder to speak in Kalamazoo Wednesday, as protesters call for minimum wage increase

Governor will be in town for event to mark 10th anniversary of Southwest Michigan First Innovation Center
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- A group looking to raise the minimum wage rate in Michigan plans to rally in downtown Kalamazoo on Wednesday to let Gov. Rick Snyder know what it thinks.
Innovation Center
3:50 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

WestSouthwest: Innovation Center marks 10 years in Kalamazoo

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Credit WMUK


It's been ten years since the Southwest Michigan First Innovation Center was launched in Kalamazoo. 

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