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Southwest Michigan First

241 East Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

269-553-9588

Sarah Mansberger, partner
269-553-9588

Description

Southwest Michigan First is ALL about jobs! Our team is passionate about creating jobs and cultivating a strong economy in Southwest Michigan. We’re economic developers – also known as problem solvers, change agents, people connectors, business advocates and leadership developers. Let’s build our region’s future together!

Programs

First 50

Target Audience: Young Professional
Average Size: 20 - 30
Tuition: $500 - $750

First 50 is a leadership development program that combines a mentoring-style approach to leadership development with six interactive learning sessions. First 50 was intentionally designed for busy professionals and features accelerated learning sessions and flexible scheduling with mentors. This format allows emerging leaders to minimize the time spent out of the workplace while simultaneously maximizing their personal leadership development. First 50 provides a foundation for emerging leaders to extend his/her network and receive personalized coaching from our region’s talented leaders. The topics explored during First 50 sessions are relevant for all industries and include: leading with your strengths, developing next-level executive habits, leadership and management, and building your personal brand. Upon completion of the program, emerging leaders will have discovered their natural leadership skills, developed new skills, and have an arsenal of additional strategies to be more successful in their roles.

Leadership Kalamazoo

Target Audience: Young Professional
Average Size: 20 - 30
Tuition: $1000 - $1500

Southwest Michigan First and its small business division believe that at our community’s core, the ultimate catalyst for growth is the ability to identify, engage and empower the right people. We must take a bold approach to developing the human capital required for a sustainable future. According to John Maxwell, “Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” As a part of our robust leadership development strategy for our region, we continue the great work of Leadership Kalamazoo. For the past 25 years, Leadership Kalamazoo has been the community leadership development resource for the Kalamazoo Region, providing a unique opportunity for a diverse group of current and emerging community leaders to learn and work together.

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