EPWA Current News
  • Friday, June 10, 2016 5:30 AM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

    Meet & Greet mini workshop "Jumpstart Your Summer Writing"Monday, June 20, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Eastern, at our #Write2TheEnd offices at 420 Main Street, St. Joseph, Michigan. For only $25, this content-rich evening of learning is offered both to help you jump start your summer writing and to determine whether or not #Write2TheEnd Writers Workshop is for you. The Meet & Greet will have unique content that we feel will be of use to all writers, whether or not you think that W2TE is for you. ($25 fee is payable at the door; checks or credit cards accepted. Or, just click the button below to go to our website and pay via the PayPal buttons in the top right corner.) If you register for the #Write2TheEnd Summer Session, this $25 can be applied to your registration fee.

    visit for registration and additional details.

  • Sunday, May 01, 2016 5:57 AM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

    The Southwest Michigan chapter of the American Red Cross is proudly hosting their 4th Annual Fundraising Event: Red Fusion. Funds raised at this unique, high profile event will directly impact disaster relief efforts within the community. 

    Join the American Red Cross for a Cinco de Mayo celebration including great food, custom cocktails, music, dancing and lots of fun! A silent auction will offer guests the opportunity to bid on experience packages offering unique pairings of the best the region has to offer.

    Red Fusion will take place the evening of Thursday, May 5, 2016. The event will be located at The Inn at Harbor Shores located on 800 Whitwam Drive, St. Joseph.

    Over 250 art and culture seekers, civic and business leaders are expected to attend. The American Red Cross of Southwest Michigan hopes that you will want to become a part of this high impact event, which helps to bring help, healing and HOPE to many people in the community every single day. 

    For Sponsorship Information, call 269-312-2264.

  • Saturday, March 05, 2016 8:48 AM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

    Location:  Lazy Ballerina Winery

    315 State Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085

    Date/Time:  Wednesday,March 23 11:30-1pm

    Contact Information:  (269)932-4040  (Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce)

    Fees/Admission:  Free to any local business, bring business cards! 

  • Saturday, March 05, 2016 8:44 AM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

    Location:  Parable Christian Book Store, 2913 Niles Ave, 

    St Joseph, MI 49085  (269) 983-7883

      Friday, April 1st 7:30-9a

      (269)932-4040 (Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce)

      Fees/Admission:  Free to any local business, bring business cards!

    1. Saturday, February 20, 2016 5:54 PM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)


      Williamson Employment

      United Federal Credit Union

      Mosquito Squad of Southwest Michigan

      2015 AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR Jo Farrell- MailMax

    2. Wednesday, January 27, 2016 7:19 PM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

      Sunday February 22nd:  11:00 AM to 12:00N –   Gluten Free is All The Rage”:  Kim Jorgensen Gane – Presenting Understanding the difference between Celiac Disease, Gluten Free by Choice, and why you might not need to “go all the way” to see dramatic improvements in your wellness. Hint: It’s all about VARIETY! 

    3. Friday, January 22, 2016 6:30 AM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

      Saturday - January 23 - 11 - 12:30 pm at ARS Gallery  147 Fifth St. Benton Harbor 

      Join ARS and artist Bob Gottlieb for mimosas and to chat about his artwork. This is a great  opportunity to see his work, ask questions and learn more about the style of art that Bob is so inspired by. 

      Along with mimosas, will be coffee and pastries.

    4. Wednesday, December 02, 2015 6:21 PM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

      Free networking to all businesses that wish to build relationships amongst other businesses in Southwest Michigan.

      A local Business Networking Group where members meet twice a month to exchange leads and valuable relevant information regarding other business and community events amongst one another. The goal and focus is to help one another grow our businesses!

      Name: Networking Group 

      Date: December 4, 2015 - Time: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM EST  Planks Tavern on the Water..

      Date: December 15, 2015 - Time: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM EST  Lake Michigan Hills Golf Club, 2520 Kerlikowske Road, Benton Harbor, MI 49022

      Contact Patricia Muellen (269)932-4040 - Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce

    5. Tuesday, September 29, 2015 3:05 AM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

      Williamson Employment Services, Inc. Honors Contributions of Staffing Firm Employees to Economy

      Sept. 25, 2015 – Williamson Employment Services, Inc., headquartered in St. Joseph, MI, with locations in Grand Rapids, MI and South Bend, IN is joining staffing firms from across the nation in celebrating National Staffing Employee Week, Sept. 28–Oct. 4. Established by the American Staffing Association, this commemorative week honors the millions of employees working for U.S. staffing firms each week.

      Nationally, 3.2 million employees work in the staffing industry every week. These positions are across all industry sectors and professions, and the majority are full-time.  They can provide a bridge to long-term employment for staffing firm employees, who are given the opportunity to showcase their skills to prospective employers.  Staffing assignments can also offer a flexible schedule for employees; one in five cites flexibility in work schedules as a key reason for choosing staffing, according to the ASA Staffing Employee Survey.

      “National Staffing Employee Week is a salute to hardworking and talented staffing firm employees, who make a significant contribution to the growth of our local and national economy,” said Judee Hopwood, President with Williamson Employment Services, Inc. “Our Company is proud to be part of an industry that assigns millions of people to millions of jobs every business day.”

      Williamson Employment Services is celebrating National Staffing Employee Week by showing appreciation for their assigned employees with gifts of custom lunch coolers filled with snacks ..

      To learn more about Williamson Employment Services, Inc. visit  To learn more about the staffing industry, visit

    6. Saturday, August 29, 2015 8:00 AM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

      Indiana Michigan Power will conduct separate tests on each of the 70 early warning sirens near the Cook Nuclear Plant during the weeks of August 31, September 7 and Sep­tember 14. The sirens are within a 10-mile radius of the plant and would be activated by the Berrien County Emergency Management Depart­ment to alert the public to emergency situations. This could include severe weather, industrial or transportation chemical spills or activation of the Cook Nuclear Plant emergency plan.

      Unlike the annual spring test where all sirens run simulta­neously, this testing involves sounding each siren indi­vidually three to four times for about 30 seconds to obtain readings and make adjustments to ensure proper coverage and reliability. Annual preventive maintenance and battery checks will also be performed.

      Testing will be suspended during severe weather condi­tions to avoid confusion with an actual emergency. In the event of an actual emergency, early warning sirens are all sounded continuously for three minutes. 

      Testing is expected to take place in various locations Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. during the three-week testing period. Testing will not take place on Labor Day, Monday, September 7. 

      The regular first Saturday of the month test at 1:00 p.m. where all sirens are simultaneously sounded for approxi­mately one minute will take place on September 5.

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