Entrepreneurial Support

Small businesses account for more than 47% of jobs in Michigan.

Small businesses and entrepreneurs drive innovation, create jobs, and foster economic growth. They are generally more in tune with their customers and able to adapt to change more quickly. They also account for more than 47% of jobs in Michigan, which exceeds the national average. Whether you are one person with a great business idea or an entrepreneur looking to build on your current success, there are resources to help you Thrive in Southwest Michigan.

First Path

is a 10-week program that combines real-world coaching and a community of support to help you refine your business idea or take your existing business to the next level.

APEX Accelerators

can help you level up and make the best impression when meeting with potential buyers and partners in the government and private business sectors.

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and other organizations help BIPOC and women-owned businesses build capacity, expand their network, and scale their business, which helps create a diverse and inclusive community for all.

Can-Do Kalamazoo

is an incubator for budding and scaling businesses committed to a more equitable and accessible path to business success for all of the area’s entrepreneurs. Emerging brands, local retailers, and established businesses come to Can-Do Kalamazoo to grow, scale, and reach new heights.

WMed Innovation Center

is one place to start and grow your life science, technology, or engineering venture. The purpose-built incubator and co-working space was created to support the earliest startups to maturing companies with subsidized, low-cost laboratory, office and conference space, high quality scientific equipment and expertise, and a wide range of support services.