The entire small business support ecosystem is accessible to you through Can-Do Connect.
This platform links you with the right people in your industry and sets you up for success with the following tools:
- Can-Do Camp weekly resource & exercises
- Self-Guided business resources & exercises
- Connection to Mentors & Service providers
- A place to hold your business planning information, checklist, videos, templates, and resource lists with a community of entrepreneurs and supporters.
As an incubator for budding & scaling businesses, Can-Do Kalamazoo is committed to a more equitable and accessible path to business success for all of Kalamazoo’s entrepreneurs. Emerging brands, local retailers and established businesses come to Can-Do Kalamazoo to grow, scale and reach new heights. We connect you to the right people in your industry and set you up for success with one-on-one meetings, business planning and startup courses.
Join the hub for all successful entrepreneurs in the Greater Kalamazoo area. Get access to key partners for your business, financing opportunities and insider knowledge all in one place. Starting a business is less complicated with Can-Do Kalamazoo.
Can-Do Kitchen provided me with the necessary information to grow my business through business workshops, vendor opportunities and contacts with local food distributors. The staff is accessible and often inquires if there are any additional tools or information I need to help my business grow.
Thanks to Can-Do Camp, we’re opening our own brick and mortar coffee shop in Battle Creek (our hometown) only a year after completing the 12-week course. Without the education and support from Can Do, we would not be anywhere near where we are today.
“Can-Do taught me everything I needed to know to successfully open my business. They are truly amazing. Lucy helped me a lot and I’m so grateful for everything she’s done for Eli’s Doces.”
Our Commitment to Anti-Racism
Business ownership is an important pathway to building family wealth that can be passed to subsequent generations. However, not all entrepreneurs have the same opportunities to own businesses. Starting a business forces entrepreneurs to work within systems that have been used to hinder people who are at the margins of the power structures, are under-resourced because of living in a disinvested community, or are dismissed due to racial, ethnic, or gender identity. Our role is to help disrupt these systems and create equitable tools and models. We will continue working to ensure that BIPOC, Immigrant, LGBTQAI+, and other marginalized entrepreneurs have equitable opportunities to build and sustain businesses that can support families and generate wealth.
Our New Facility
Coming in mid-2023, our new entrepreneurship hub will welcome entrepreneurs and business owners from all walks of life, at any stage of business. In addition to larger kitchen facilities, our new space will have conference rooms, classroom, private offices, and open-format coworking desks.
Promoting the growth of all types of business is made possible by generous contributions from our donors and collaboration from volunteers and business supporters.
“Our new expanded scope enables us to provide resources, guidance, and connections to entrepreneurs and small business owners from all walks of life, at any business stage, and in any industry. Our doors are open. You can do this!”
Lucy Dilley, Executive Director