EPWA Current News
  • Saturday, November 03, 2018 9:30 AM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

    Date: January 10, 2019 - Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST

    The wine industry has a huge impact on the growth of our local economy and tourism in Berrien County. Lazy Ballerina Winery is the only women-owned winery on the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail and is owned and operated by Lauren Kniebes, a young professional and Cornerstone Chamber YP Executive Board Member, and her cousin Melanie Owen. 

    They opened for business in June of 2015 in downtown St. Joseph and opened their second tasting room in downtown Bridgman in the summer of 2017. The have a variety of wines inspired by homemade family wine recipes and pride themselves on creating a tasting experience that is full of fun and free of intimidation. 

    Come taste and see what they are all about at the Young Professionals Monthly Mixer on January 10th at their St. Joseph winery and tasting room at 315 State Street. Wine will be available by the glass and you may try any two wines for free!

  • Saturday, November 03, 2018 6:30 AM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

    Young Professionals December Mixer/Ugly Sweater Contest!   
    Date: December 7, 2018 - Time: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST

    The uglier the better! Ugly Sweater is back people! Better start with the preparations now. We will be in the Harborview Ballroom at The Inn at Harbor Shores in order to fit all those that attend. Expect awesome sweaters, food, cash bar, laughter and prizes for the best one! We can't wait to see what you all come up with!

    Rather than toys this year, donations will be requested for New Heights CCDA, a non-profit organization that works to meet human and social needs of the under-resourced in Benton Heights and surrounding communities. Executive Director, Chris Britton, will speak on the purpose and programs of New Heights CCDA and how the community can help.

  • Saturday, November 03, 2018 6:30 AM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

    Join us for the official Ribbon Cutting celebration at Small Town Grounds 
    Date: November 20, 2018   -   Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

    Small Town Grounds is a coffee roasting company and offers brewed coffee and baked goods as well as fresh roasted coffee beans or ground coffee.
    Small Town Grounds - 4158 Lake Street - Bridgman, MI 49106

  • Friday, October 05, 2018 7:30 AM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

    Friday, October 5, 2018 - Time: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM EDT        Location:  1st Source Bank, 1600 Hilltop Road, St. Joseph, MI 49085         Contact Information:   (269)932-4040     Free to local businesses looking to make valuable business connections. 

  • Tuesday, September 25, 2018 12:00 PM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

    Whether you're new to the Chamber, or you've been a member for years, Chamber 101is designed to help businesses maximize their memberships! Learn about all the membership benefits, our various events, how to set-up a mini-page on, how to utilize Save Local Now and more!  Date: September 25, 2018  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

  • Thursday, May 10, 2018 5:30 PM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

    You are invited to be a prominent part of Red Fusion!      Thursday - MAY 10, 2018 - 5:30PM - 9:00PM - Shadowland on Silver Beach - 333 Broad Street - St. Joseph, Michigan 49085

    What is Red Fusion all about?

    The Southwest Michigan chapter of the American Red Cross is proudly hosting the sixth annual fundraising event: Red Fusion. Funds raised at this unique, high profile event will directly impact disaster relief efforts within our community.

    You are invited to join the American Red Cross for a night of cocktails, music entertainment and delicious food! Shadowland NEW and unique venue will be part of the exciting CARNIVAL theme! Join in this night of masquerade, while supporting the life-saving mission of the American Red Cross. A silent auction will offer guests the opportunity to bid on experience packages awarding unique pairings of the best our region has to offer.

    Tickets to attend Red Fusion are $60 per guest in advance ($100 for two, before May 1, 2018) and $70 after at the door. Over 250 art and culture seekers, civic and business leaders are expected to attend. This will be an event you won’t want to miss!

    We know that you will want to become a part of this high impact event, which helps bring help, healing and HOPE to so many in our community every single day. Please consider adding a Red Fusion sponsorship to your charitable budget plan for 2018.  For sponsorship or ticket information, please email Eva Alexander

  • Wednesday, December 20, 2017 5:05 AM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

    Beginning January 2018 Melanie Owen will be the first ever Vice President of the organization. In that new elected leadership position with a term of two years, she will chair the advertising and marketing committee. 

    The Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail, established in 2002, is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the development of the outstanding wine producing and tourism industry in southwest Michigan. Its mission is to stimulate interest in wine in general and specifically the wines of the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail, and to assist local wineries in becoming industry leaders.

    The Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail is wrapping up a yearlong celebration commemorating 15 years as a wine trail, that culminates with the addition of the 22nd winery,  serving loyal and new guests along the ever growing wine trail.  Join all 22 wineries at the annual Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival on June 16th, 2018, at Warren Dunes State Park.

  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 2:11 PM | Kim Jorgensen Gane

    As of right now, the snowiest area seems to be downtown St. Joe. And just a few moments ago, the sun was shining. Safety is our priority for our members and guests. With the nature of lake effect snow, of course, it’s difficult to predict how much actual snow we’ll be dealing with later and where. 

    We have the benefit of being at Papa Vino’s tonight, where they can accommodate pretty much whatever we throw at them. So, unless it gets much worse, we’ll still be there. And if you feel that it’s safest for you to stay home, please let me or Jo Ann know and we will apply your paid December fee to your next meeting registration.

    BONUS:  A glass of wine and dessert is included tonight! So, come on into the back room, and the servers will take care of us. We’ll enjoy a family-style variety of delicious Italian entrees with a glass of wine and dessert included. If you have any special dietary needs, please let our server(s) know and they will accommodate.

    Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. (, 269.487.6024.)

    I look forward to seeing everyone who can make it tonight!

  • Saturday, November 18, 2017 8:25 AM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

    Burnison Galleries, Lakeside MI

    This year’s event will feature:
    •    A Holiday Market with unique ornaments, food gifts, 24 decorated wreaths, many centerpieces, lanterns and other holiday gifts to purchase
    •    Silent Auction of 5 decorated trees
    •    The live auction will feature several fun experiences: 2 sailing packages, a yachting experience, sports team event experience, wine baskets and several other surprises.

    No better way to spread some Holiday Cheer and help support children in foster care. Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of Berrien County recruits, trains and supports citizen-volunteers to advocate in courtrooms and school communities for the best interest of abused and neglected children in foster care.
    Generous contributions and purchases at the event will help support the CASA of Berrien County program. 

    $75.00 per ticket
    Learn more and purchase tickets now at

  • Thursday, November 02, 2017 2:36 PM | Judee Hopwood

    Be part of Williamson Employment Services year-long 25th Anniversary celebration and help us Stuff-A-Truck through November 17!

    Donations can be brought to the November EPWA meeting or dropped off at our offices at 213 Hilltop Road, St. Joseph.

    Click here for more information and a flyer you can print

    Some of the items needed include:

    "Non-Perishable" food products
    Canned Goods:
    Veggies, Tuna, Fruit, etc
    Boxed Food:
    Pasta, Mashed Potatoes, Macaroni & Cheese, coffee, Juice
    Baking Products:
    Flour, Sugar, salt, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder, cake mixes, Brownies, corn meal, cooking oil (Please no "out of date" items)
    Personal Hygiene Products
    :  Shampoo, Conditioner, Deodorant, Bar Soap, Lotion, Laundry Detergent, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Mouthwash
    Baby Products
    :  Diapers, Wipes, Baby Food, Formula
    Paper Products:
    Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Facial Tissue, Tin Foil

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Judee Hopwood

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