Southwest Michigan First

12:59 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

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

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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

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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

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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

Interview with Ron Kitchens and David Zimmerman


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

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3:39 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

About 50 Southwest Michigan companies receive Catalyst Awards

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Southwest Michigan First presents the awards every year to businesses and organizations that help grow the area’s economy and create jobs.
KALAMAZOO, MI -- More than 50 regional companies, organizations and individuals -- from long-entrentched businesses to those still under development -- were named 2013 winners Wednesday of Catalyst Awards, care of Southwest Michigan First. Presented annually since 2005, the awards recognize significant contributions that have resulted in economic growth and job creation in Southwest Michigan.