EPWA Current News
  • Friday, January 06, 2017 6:00 AM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

    Severe winter blood shortage: Blood donations are urgently needed.

    American Red Cross

    Severe Winter Blood Shortage Alert

     There's no way to say this gently: this is an emergency.

    Hectic holiday schedules for many regular blood donors contributed to about 37,000 fewer donations in November and December. Snowstorms and severe weather have also impacted supplies. More than 90 blood drives were forced to cancel in December, resulting in thousands of uncollected donations. The American Red Cross is announcing this crisis on national news and media outlets, calling for donors across the U.S. to help.

     The most vulnerable and critical patients across the U.S. may face delays in critical medical care unless generous donors like you can help make up for the gap.

     Will you commit to make a donation?

  • Sunday, January 01, 2017 10:30 AM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

    SWMI SHRM is hosting their 3rd Annual Half-Day Summit on January 18. Our theme this year is Leadership.

  • Thursday, December 01, 2016 5:01 AM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

    Did you know that Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services and the Women’s Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance helps entrepreneurs launch and grow their small businesses in Harbor Country? Harbor Country is part of Berrien County and includes Grand Beach, Michiana, New Buffalo, Union Pier, Lakeside, Sawyer and Three Oaks.     
    We have an office at the Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce at 15311 Three Oaks Road, Three Oaks, MI. We are ready to meet you to hear your new business start idea or discuss opportunities for you to grow your existing business.  Typically, we are there every Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. And of course we will make appointments as needed to work with you on a business plan or anything else you may need to start or expand your small business.
    Let’s work together to:
     ·         Put your innovative ideas into action
    ·         Get you signed up for workshops/classes focused on your success
    ·         Strategize on improvement and expansion opportunities
    We want to hear your great ideas!  Contact Margaret Adams at 269-469-5409 or 269-925-6100 or via email at

  • Thursday, December 01, 2016 5:00 AM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

    The Women's Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance Advisory Council is comprised of business professionals who provide guidance, technical assistance and advocacy for the WBC.

    Judee Hopwood, Williamson Employment Services, Inc. President and Owner of Williamson Employment Services,

    Helen Adams, Helena's Boutique

    Gloria Ender,  Freedom Finishing Inc. President and CEO of Operations at Freedom Finishing.

    Brian McMahon, Kreis, Enderle, Hudgins & Borsos  attorney at Kreis Enderle law firm in St. Joseph, Michigan.

    Erica Molden, 1st Source Bank  Branch Manager at 1st Source Bank

    Katie Montoya, Berrien County Community Development

    Katie works at the Berrien County Community Development Department as Assistant Director/Housing Coordinator.

    Patricia Muellen, Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce  Director 

    Kim Richardson, 1st Source Bank  VP, Retail Sales Manager of Cass and Berrien County.

    Jim Roberts,  CEO of Jim Roberts Enterprises LLC, a management consulting company, and Centennial Securities Advisory Services LLC, a registered investment advisory company.

    Dr. Jacquelyn Warwick, Andrews University  Professor of Marketing, Enactus, Co-Advisor at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.

    Tyanna Weller, Four Flags Chamber of Commerce  President and CEO of the Four Flags Chamber of Commerce in Niles, Michigan.

    Becky Young - Edward Jones  financial advisor at Edward Jones, St. Joseph, Mi

  • Thursday, December 01, 2016 3:30 AM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

    ARS Gallery is proud to exhibit the works of the "I Am The Greatest" teens during Art Hop on December 9, 6-9 pm. We are excited to lend our gallery to such an exhibit!

    The three foot wood painted sculptures, are all designed by each of our students. The teens were able to express their thoughts and feelings as they work through adversity. Each teen focused on color, design, and symbolism, which are all incorporated in each piece of art!

    We will also be kicking off our IATG Legacy Sculpture Project. These special sculptures were created specifically to pay homage to a legend, Muhammad Ali. Ali has been a role model and muse for our IATG Project for the last 4 years. With this new "phase 2" sculpture exhibit, we will continue to honor the life of Muhammad Ali! As you know we lost the greatest champion of all time in June of this year.

    These sculptures will be on sale during the reception. To sponsor or own a sculpture, contact Anna at 269.208.4409.

  • Thursday, December 01, 2016 3:00 AM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

    As a local business owner in the Benton Harbor area, I wanted to thank you for trusting us with your business gifting needs!

    With the holidays just around the corner I wanted to share some of our amazing new products that are sure to WOW your employees, clients, and vendors.

    We make holiday gifting sweet and simple with incredible fruit creations for every holiday occasion and business budget. As you already know, we carefully craft all of our products hours before they are hand-delivered by an Edible Arrangements Delivery Ambassador. Although we are locally owned and operated, we are part of a nationwide network and offer same day delivery across the US and Canada through our network of 1,200+ independently-owned and operated stores. No rush fees ever! Do not worry about bulk orders, our team will take care of order entry and ensure each and every gift is delivered with care with your personal message. So, whether you need one gift or a thousand, we have got you chocolate covered!

    I invite you to explore our 2016 holiday collection. As you will see, we have a product for every holiday occasion from sweet additions to your company party to thoughtful gifts for everyone who makes your business successful!

    My team is ready to help you check business gifts off your list! To simplify the process, feel free to call us at (269) 926-9300 and have a team member place the order for you. Please do not hesitate to call us with any questions you might have or to learn more about our offerings.

    Fruitfully Yours,Gale Rue

    Owner, Benton Harbor Store #1559

  • Saturday, November 12, 2016 8:00 AM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

    ST. JOSEPH) – Hospice at Home, a Lakeland Health Affiliate, is holding its annual holiday wreath sale. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the programs and services of the organization. 

    These 24-inch Douglas fir wreaths are decorated with red velvet bows and pine cones, wreaths are available for $25 each or five for $100. Free delivery is available for orders of five or more. Gravesite easels for remembering a loved one are available for $3 each. Wreaths will be available for pick up on weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. beginning Monday, November 23, at Hospice at Home offices in St. Joseph, South Haven, and Buchanan, the Hanson Hospice Center, and Lory’s Place

    Orders may be placed by calling (269) 429-7100 or online

  • Saturday, October 08, 2016 9:20 PM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)
    Spaghetti Dinner, October 19, 5-7 PM.

    The American Cultural Hellenic Center, 17760 Behner Road, New Buffalo, Michigan.

    Benefiting your American Red Cross, servicing Berrien County.

    $10 for adults, $5 Kids 5 and older.  Kids under 5 eat FREE.  Cash/Check Only.

  • Friday, October 07, 2016 9:00 PM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

    On October 22, 2016, the Michiana Metro Lighthouse Chorus, an all-male a Capella chorus based in Niles, MI, will present Building HOPE through Harmony, a fundraiser event to benefit HOPE Resources. The evening of musical entertainment will begin at 6:59 PM at the Coloma High School Auditorium, 300 W. St. Joseph, Coloma, MI. The program will include a variety of music, including jazz, rock, patriotic, spiritual and ballads. General Admission tickets are $15, and Senior/Student tickets are $12. Admission will be free for children under age 12. All proceeds will go to HOPE Resources. Tickets can be purchased by calling 269/363-9585. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the evening’s food drive.

    The center will be temporarily housed in the Northern Berrien County Food Bank at Coloma United Methodist Church. Once it moves to its permanent location, HOPE Resources will not only distribute food, but also offer services to increase self-sufficiency and improve quality of life, including job training, money management and a clothing closet. HOPE Resources Chair Salena Jonjevic noted that the Center operates solely on private donations and grants, so fundraising events such as this are critical to the long term success of the organization.

    This new initiative is designed to create a resource center that will serve individuals in our area who may need help with obtaining the tools to become self-sufficient. 

  • Saturday, July 23, 2016 6:58 AM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

    WHEN: Limited time—Contact Red Cross to schedule your companies/organizations classes today!  Offered through the middle of September, 2016 only! 

    WHERE: Open to Berrien County Businesses and Organizations—Minimum of 4 people to a class and max of 14

    COST: FREE through a generous grant with the Berrien Community Foundation!

    Contact Tiana Gee at 269-312-2264 for more information or email at

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