EPWA Current News
  • 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.

  • Tuesday, January 13, 2015 5:00 AM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

    Beginning Monday, January 19th, introducing our #Write2TheEnd Lunch & Learn Series: Write What You Want in 2015.  Bring your friends, your lunch, and a pen. Water, coffee, tea, dessert, and an inspiring session will be provided, designed to help you get your Inner Writer on!   Copy and paste this link into your browser and for details and scroll down to the bottom of the post to register. W2TE looks forward to welcoming you and to kicking off 2015 with a bang!

    2014 was a remarkable first year for #Write2TheEnd.

    In case you missed it over on the blog, the 2014 fall session was just as incredible as the summer session. One participant joined remotely from his travels in South Korea & China for his son's wedding! Another participant missed the epic three hour session wrap-up dinner because she was giving birth to our first #Write2TheEnd baby! Can't wait to welcome our second #Write2TheEnd baby any day now.

    And a book baby was born when one of the participants delivered a completed chapbook of the poems she compiled and submitted for a competition. Many of her poems were crafted over our summer session when she met the personal goal she set for herself.

    Reflecting on all that was remarkable about 2014, W2TE wants MORE! More participants. More success stories. More opportunities to meet passionate writers in our area and beyond. And most of all, W2TE wants More for YOU!

  • Friday, August 22, 2014 2:07 PM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

    Indiana Michigan Power will conduct separate tests on each of the 70 early warning sirens in Berrien County during the weeks of August 25, September 1 and September 8. Unlike the annual spring test where all sirens run simultaneously, the fall 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 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. 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 6

  • Monday, May 12, 2014 6:36 PM | Kim Jorgensen Gane (Administrator)
    Good evening!

    I look forward to seeing many of you at our meeting tomorrow, and look forward to introducing you to our new Facebook group, which can be found at

    EPWA's motto is Women Supporting Women. Our goal is for our members to actively invite and engage their women business friends to participate and become members, because they can't imagine their own business activities without EPWA.

    Within this Facebook group, you'll be able to invite your local women business friends who are on Facebook to participate, to engage in support of one another--including congratulating Facebook group members on awards and every day successes--as well as enjoy lively and supportive discussions (this group is NOT a customer service arena, nor is it an ad dump; there is an associated document in which each member has the opportunity to list their contact information and provide their social media links). Group members will be advised of coming meetings, and will easily be able to share EPWA events with friends. They'll be able to access the website from there to sign up and pay as a guest. We ultimately hope this will build our membership and inspire more active face-to-face participation among current members. You do not have to be an active member of EPWA of (SW) Michigan to be a member of this Facebook group, but we hope it will inspire you to formalize your membership. At only $50/year, we think it's a bargain.

    We're working together to move EPWA beyond a meeting you attend each month, to an essential and worthwhile part of the business activities you already engage in every day.

    We hope those of you on Facebook will see this as such an opportunity, that you will actively participate, and that you'll invite your women business friends to join in lively, supportive discussion there.

    Thank you,
    --Kim Jorgensen Gane
    Communications Chair 
  • Friday, May 09, 2014 5:47 AM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

    The Inn at Harbor Shores - - May 28 from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm

    5:30 pm

    Welcome, sponsor and speaker introductions -

    Cornerstone Alliance Women's Business Center - Marydawn Taggart

    SCORE of Michigan's Great Southwest - Rich Daniels

    Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce - Carol Brandt

    6:00 pm 

    See facilities at The Inn at Harbor Shores:

    Talk with business and financial service providers, and find a new way to grow your business.

    These sponsors will have representatives attending

    Chemical Bank, Edgewater Bank, Fifth Third Bank, First Source Bank, Horizon Bank, J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, Kreis Enderle, Michigan Certified Development Corporation, RMB Capital Management, Shaffer& Layher CPAs, United Federal Credit Union.

    If there is something you need to grow your company in 2014, there's a 99% chance you can find it on May 28th.

    Attendance is limited  to 350 business owners and we also ask that each business register no more that two people.

    ONLY those who have registered will be admitted.

    So come enjoy hors d'oeuvres and have an adult beverage (cash bar) if you choose.  But make sure you get more that an after-work nibble and nip.... Find an edge to help boost your business income in 2014.

    There is no charge but you must register.

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