Start a Business in the City of Plainwell


Start a BusinessConveniently located minutes from Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, Plainwell offers unique local shops and events, restaurants and hotels, and two nationally-recognized historic districts that can be enjoyed by walking our river walk along the Kalamazoo River and Mill Race. Many find Plainwell to not only be an ideal place to live and raise a family, but to relocate, expand, or start their businesses.

The City of Plainwell’s Economic Development Department and Downtown Development Authority work with a variety of partners and economic development practitioners at the local, State, and Federal level. Use the resources provided to grow, relocate, or start your business here in the City of Plainwell.


Growing Your Business

Employees Sustaining and growing a business takes strategy and resources. The information below offers tools to help your business survive and prosper.

  • Learn how to attract and retain qualified employees by contacting Michigan Works!.
  • Prepare for business growth by using these resources for the profitable and healthy growth of your business:  MTEC, Michigan Works!, and the Small Business Technology Development Center.
  • Investigate business growth incentives by contacting Southwest Michigan First
  • Research properties available for your business’s growth by visiting the Michigan Certified Business Parks site.
  • Tax Abatement Services Tax Abatement Services – call Brian Kelley (Plainwell City Clerk) at (269) 685-6821



StreetsAre you interested in relocating a business to Plainwell but aren’t sure how? Few cities offer businesses the opportunities, incentives and support that you will find in the City of Plainwell. The resources below will help guide you along the relocation process.

  • Why relocate in Plainwell? View our Community Profile.
  • Research properties available for your business’s growth by researching available properties.
  • Learn about utilities in Plainwell by visiting the Consumers Energy website.
  • View business incentives available through the City of Plainwell: (Incentive Page)
  • View employment and training resources available through Michigan Works!



Start a Business The decision to start a business is a significant one that is quickly followed by equally significant questions: What type of business? What business structure is advantageous to my venture? What makes an effective business plan? Where will the financing come from?  What licenses, permits and registrations are required by the City of Plainwell government?

The resources below can help you take the next step toward business ownership. It walks you through the process – from deciding your company’s legal structure, to developing a business and marketing plan, to registering your business in Kalamazoo.


Useful Resources

MichiganWorks! – Nora Balgoyen-Williams, Director – (269) 686-5079
Provide work force training and employer counseling related to state training programs and funding opportunities

Allegan County Clerk’s Office – Joyce Watts, County Clerk – (269) 673-0450
Provide business license services throughout the County of Allegan

Small Business Development Center, Region 11 – Dante Villarreal, Regional Director – West Michigan – (616) 331-7486
Provide business development services throughout the County of Allegan

Michigan Economic Development Corporation – Karen Hinkle, Business Manager – (517) 241-2157
Provide State of Michigan contacts, tax credit and grant information to manufactures and other larger businesses

Allegan Area Chamber of Commerce – Tim Perrigo, Executive Director – (269) 673-2479
Provide community information, benefit support and marketing opportunities for the Allegan Area

MSU Cooperative Extension Allegan County – Betty Blase, Director – (269) 673-0370
Provide business educational services, especially related to agriculture in Allegan County

SW Technical Assistance Center – Jan Campbell, PTAC Program Manager – (269) 381-0430
Provide access to federal, state and local government procurement services in the region

Allegan County Senior/Veterans Services – Sherry Torres, Coordinator – (269) 673-0501
Provide veteran service information for business start-up and employment in Allegan County

Michigan Economic Development Corporation – Sarah Rainero – Downtown Specialist – (517) 242-5480
Provide State of Michigan contacts, tax credits and grant information for businesses, specifically for downtowns and smaller businesses.

Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center – Bill Small, cBSP- Business Development Specialist – (616) 771-0557
Provide business services to small to mid-size manufactures, including performance benchmarking, lean enterprise, market diversification and other assessment services

M-TEC – Russ Philip – Community & Business Services – (269) 926-4086
Customized Training through Community and Business Services. We can develop a training program tailored to the needs of your business and deliver the latest in workforce training taught by industry-recognized professionals


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