EPWA Current News
  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Tuesday, August 18, 2015 6:19 AM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

    The Berrien County Riders invite all bikers to the 15th Annual “Ride to Remember” for our Fallen Heroes.  The Ride circles through beautiful Berrien and Cass Counties.     

     All proceeds go to American Red Cross – Berrien County Chapter for local disaster relief.

     When:  Sunday, September 13, 2015

    Registration:  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon  (Ride leaves at Noon)       

    Location:  Berrien County Courthouse - Corner of Main & Port Street , St. Joseph, MI

    Fee:  $15.00 – make checks payable to American Red Cross   

    Contact:  Todd Kimball for more information at 269-757-1908


  • Tuesday, May 05, 2015 5:44 AM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

    "Listen To Your Mother" is a national program founded by writer Ann Imig in 2010 in Madison, Wis., that has grown to include performances all over the country.

    This is the first production in Southwest Michigan. The presentations will be recorded and later shared worldwide.

    Tickets for "Listen To Your Mother" are $16, and there are discounts for students, teachers and group sales. Purchasers can make additional donations to subsidize the discount tickets.

    Copies of the book "Listen to Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We're Saying Now," edited by Ann Imig, will be available at the auditorium and also is available at Forever Books in downtown St. Joseph.

    Additional Information is at www.

  • Sunday, April 26, 2015 8:18 AM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

    May 7, 14, 21, 28, & June 4,  12-2 pm $125
    First class bring your ideas, imagination, and if you have an object you'd like to mosaic on, bring that too. Example: Small table top, frame, wood panel or other flat surface that would work for mosaic. There is a possibility of even creating a small project that can then be installed in your home.

    Advanced signup is necessary, just call 
    and reserve your spot.  To sign up for classes visit or call 269-208-4409.. ARS Arts & Culture Center - 147 Fifth Street - Benton Harbor MI 49022

  • Wednesday, January 14, 2015 5:00 AM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

    Nearly 30 percent of U.S. businesses are now owned by women. Your breakthrough idea is already in your head. The process (simplified), dividing it into two highly doable steps: finding your idea and then polishing it. Go ahead, get inspired.

    (Reinvention & Money : Careers & Work)  go to for additional inspiration.... 

  • Wednesday, January 14, 2015 5:00 AM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

    Organizer: SW Michigan SHRM Chapter
    Location: Western Michigan University - Southwest
    Room 1304, 2785 E. Napier, Benton Harbor, MI 49022  -  269-934-1500
    Price: $25.00, Register on line at by January 16.

    The Speakers will be... 

    George Erickcek - Economist - W.E. Upjohn Institute - Employment Trends
    Brian Uridge - Security Director - Workplace Violence
    Scott Pollock - Attorney, Scott D. Pollock & Associates, P.C. - Immigration

  • Wednesday, January 14, 2015 5:00 AM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

    In a world where seemingly every piece of information can be Googled, there’s still some knowledge that can only be gained through experience.

    Tip #1: Regularly schedule meetings with your mentor and make it a part of your standard workflow. Having a mentor or board of advisors doesn’t do any good if you never speak. The mentor relationship needs to be an active one.

    Tip #2: Go into your conversation with some ideas you’d like to discuss, but don’t be afraid to stray off course.

    Tip #3: The best mentor relationships are reciprocal.

    1. –Develop and manage the mentoring relationship. 
    2. –Sponsor. Opening doors and advocating for your mentee.
    3. –Survey the environment. 
    4. –Guide and counsel. 
    5. –Teach. 
    6. –Model. 
    7. –Motivate and inspire.

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