Kalamazoo, Michigan

Kalamazoo Business Signs

Kalamazoo is a city located in the southern region of the present-day U.S. state of Michigan.  Prior to meddling by those of European descent, this area was inhabited by members of the Hopewell Culture.  The Hopewell Culture migrated into the area before the first millennium and declined following the 8th century.  Before Europeans arrived, the Potawatomi Culture had taken over the area.  The first European explorer to visit this area of Michigan was Frenchman Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, in 1680.  As for the settlement of Kalamazoo, Michigan itself, it was settled after the United States entered the picture by Titus Bronson in 1829.  Bronson initially named the settlement after himself.  However, due to Bronson’s agitated constitution, he was eventually run out of town (he had been fined for stealing a cherry tree.)  By 1838, the town’s name had been changed to Kalamazoo.  Kalamazoo is thought to have meant ‘boiling water’ in the Potawatomi language.  The city of Kalamazoo, Michigan was officially incorporated in 1884.

Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Kalamazoo, Michigan has a total population of 75,984 people.  As for the Kalamazoo-Portage Metropolitan area, a 2015 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau claimed its total population to be 335,340 people.  This makes it the 151st most populous metropolitan area in the United States of America.

Due to Kalamazoo, Michigan’s relatively recent Community Capitalism campaign, the city was named by Fast Company Magazine as one of the 50 Most Innovative Cities of 2007.  Additionally, Kalamazoo, Michigan is known for its various breweries and distilleries.  Among these are Bell’s Brewery, Tibb’s Brewing Company, Gonzo’s BigDogg Brewery, Rupert’s Brewhouse, Latitude 42 Brewing Company, Green Door Distilling, and Kalamazoo Distilling Company.

Kalamazoo, Michigan is also home to the Kalamazoo Mall, which was the first outdoor pedestrian shopping mall in the United States.  Beyond drinking and shopping, however, Kalamazoo, Michigan is also home to Western Michigan University, which is a public research university.  Established in 1903 as Western State Normal School, Western Michigan University, as of 2017, had a $386.6 million endowment.  23,252 total students are enrolled into its various undergraduate and graduate programs.  The Western Michigan Broncos play in NCAA Division I – MAC and NCHC leagues.  The Western Michigan Broncos have two NCAA Division I National Championships, both in Men’s Cross Country.  As for MAC Championships, the Broncos are winners of 15 in baseball, 16 in basketball, and five in football.

Kalamazoo, Michigan is also home to three professional sporting franchises of note as well.  These professional sporting franchises include the Kalamazoo Growlers.  The Kalamazoo Growlers are a Summer Collegiate Baseball Team of the Northwoods League who play their home games in Homer Stryker Field.  Hockey’s ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings, or K-Wings, play their home matches in the Wings Event Center.  The K-Wings have one regular season title, three conference championships, and one Colonial Cup to their name.  Last but not least, established in 2016, National Premier Soccer League’s Kalamazoo FC play their home matches at Soisson-Rapacz-Clason Field.

Is there any chance you might be the lucky owner of a small business in and/or around the Kalamazoo, Michigan area?  Have you ever thought about becoming one?  If that is your goal, we are here to help!  We have provided you several disparate resources for those who wish to establish, or have already established, local small businesses:

Apply for a Business License in Kalamazoo, Michigan:


Kalamazoo, Michigan Small Business Resources:


Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce:


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