About Us

Our Mission

To facilitate the establishment of significant and long-term business, civic, and cultural relationships between the West Michigan region and the Kingdom of the Netherlands; building on the longstanding historic cultural ties between the two communities.

Our Vision

The West Michigan Global Initiative invites local, national and global leaders to share ideas and foster business, political and cultural relationships between the West Michigan business community and their counterparts in the Netherlands.

With Michigan enjoying resurgence as a global leader in business and product innovation, the timing couldn’t be better to form new partnerships. West Michigan is at the forefront of that resurgence, and the area’s culture of community and corporate best practices is resonating and attracting interest on a global scale.

This initiative celebrates and fosters that culture, highlighted by some of the brightest business minds on two continents. The West Michigan Global Initiative provides a platform for ideas, cross-cultural collaboration, and a forum to transform fellowship into partnership.

Our Philosophy

We believe that positive change begins with an idea and ideas grow into sustainable operations when people work together to create value. This is a universal truth. It is through connecting with others and forming supportive relationships that businesses, foundations and countries are formed and leave lasting legacies. We believe that by creating opportunities for conversations and relationship building that the future businesses and organizations which will restore Michigan’s reputation as a global leader. By creating dynamic events with entrepreneurial and community focused individuals, the foundations for future economic activity will result. Our belief is that by bringing together  business, civic and government leaders that our partners in the economic development, arts and policy spheres will be able to help build sustainable value.