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Employer

Michigan Works! Southwest Certified Business Solutions Professionals are here to meet current and future job recruitment demands for a skilled workforce. Michigan Works! Southwest has access to talent in Southwest Michigan and can help you find qualified job applicants that match your unique employment needs. Our goal is to build mutually beneficial relationships to assist in job postings, accepting applications, organizing job fairs, and facilitating on-the-job training. These partnerships allow us to give second chances to in-need applicants, and to help fill positions for qualified job applicants.

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Job Seeker

Michigan Works! Southwest is here to provide the resources you need for your career exploration and job search and supply the motivation to find a job that’s right for you. Michigan Works! Southwest staff meet you where you’re at in your job search; whether you’re unemployed and looking for immediate employment, or underemployed and interested in programs to grow your job skills, Michigan Works! Southwest wants to help you succeed.

We Are:

Customer Centered – Integrity Driven – Dedicated to Excellence – Equity Focused – Collaborators – Innovative Problem Solvers

What We Do:

Prepare a qualified workforce to meet the current and emerging needs of business and industry, through data driven decision making.

How We Will Succeed:

Fostering collaborative partnerships and empowering a compassionate, respectful, and knowledgeable team dedicated to continuous improvement.

Why We Exist:

To create meaningful transformation in the people, businesses, and communities we serve.

Upcoming Events

News and Success Stories

Meet Lynn Page, Shining Star for January 2024!

Meet Lynn Page, Business Solutions Coordinator for Michigan Works! Southwest and Shining Star for January! Lynn has hit the ground running in 2024. Through doing incredible research into how employers and job seekers can utilize the MiREACH grant, she has identified ways to connect them to this resource. Lynn has taken on several speaking engagements representing Michigan Works! Southwest, to inform individuals of available services. She is described as a team player who is eager…

New Consulting Firm Focuses on Construction Companies

The phrase “it takes a village” usually applies to raising children, but Donovan McVey and Joshua Gray are taking the unique approach of applying that to new local businesses. McVey and Gray are co-founders of the business consulting firm Room 35 in Kalamazoo, which focuses on sustained accelerated growth for construction companies…

Meet Shawn DeYoung, Shining Star for the month of December!

Meet Shawn DeYoung, December’s Shining Star! Shawn is a strong advocate in the community for Michigan Works! Southwest and is dedicated to building deep relationships with local employers. Through heartfelt and meaningful actions, Shawn continually goes above and beyond to serve employer customers! Shawn is thoughtful in all the work he does as a member of the Business Solutions Team and always strives to make others feel welcome. This was recently reflected in his efforts…

Four Battle Creek employers recognized as models for Registered Apprenticeship Programs

LANSING, Mich. — Four Battle Creek employers earned honors Wednesday in a ceremony following a roundtable discussion at Kellogg Community College aimed at recruiting more area businesses to offer Registered Apprenticeships to build the local talent pipeline.

Meet Lynn Page, Shining Star for January 2024!

Meet Lynn Page, Business Solutions Coordinator for Michigan Works! Southwest and Shining Star for January! Lynn has hit the ground running in 2024. Through doing incredible research into how employers and job seekers can utilize the MiREACH grant, she has identified ways to connect them to this resource. Lynn has taken on several speaking engagements representing Michigan Works! Southwest, to inform individuals of available services. She is described as a team player who is eager…

New Consulting Firm Focuses on Construction Companies

The phrase “it takes a village” usually applies to raising children, but Donovan McVey and Joshua Gray are taking the unique approach of applying that to new local businesses. McVey and Gray are co-founders of the business consulting firm Room 35 in Kalamazoo, which focuses on sustained accelerated growth for construction companies…

Meet Shawn DeYoung, Shining Star for the month of December!

Meet Shawn DeYoung, December’s Shining Star! Shawn is a strong advocate in the community for Michigan Works! Southwest and is dedicated to building deep relationships with local employers. Through heartfelt and meaningful actions, Shawn continually goes above and beyond to serve employer customers! Shawn is thoughtful in all the work he does as a member of the Business Solutions Team and always strives to make others feel welcome. This was recently reflected in his efforts…

Four Battle Creek employers recognized as models for Registered Apprenticeship Programs

LANSING, Mich. — Four Battle Creek employers earned honors Wednesday in a ceremony following a roundtable discussion at Kellogg Community College aimed at recruiting more area businesses to offer Registered Apprenticeships to build the local talent pipeline.

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