EPWA Current News
  • 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
    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.

  • Sunday, April 27, 2014 3:30 AM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)
    Beyond the Green
    A Women-Centric, Career Development Experience for Executives and Young Professionals

    Tuesday, May 20 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid at Harbor Shores (Benton Harbor)

    Local Professional and Executive Women Invited to Exclusive Professional Development Experience “Beyond the Green” at the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid May 20 at Harbor Shores.
    Local executive and young professional women are invited to be part of an exclusive professional development experience onsite at the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. The event, held in conjunction with the 75th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, is scheduled for May 20 (Tuesday) from 9:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. at Harbor Shores.
    Speakers and panelists include:
    Donna Orender, CEO of Orender Unlimited and former WNBA President - keynote speaker.
    Jenn Harris, Founder of High Heel Golfer and business golf guru
    Kim Thompson, Senior Director, Coprorate Communications, Whirlpool Corporation
    Patti Butcher, PGA/LPGA Professional, Director of Golf and Club Operations at Blythefield Country Club (Belmont, Mich.)
    Sandy Cross, Director, Women's and New Market Initiatives, PGA of America
    Central to the day’s messaging will be leadership, mentorship, sponsorship and inclusion – women helping women elevate personally and professionally, and how golf can play a role in one’s career and business trajectory.
    Click here to download the PGA of America's official evite for the event.

    TICKETS: $50
    Tickets can be purchased for $50/person and include grounds admission, a parking pass and access to the Beyond the Green event. To purchase tickets, visit with the user code PGA2014.
    *Note: this event is limited to the first 60 registrants.
  • Thursday, April 10, 2014 10:15 PM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)
    Benton Harbor Event Information: Join Club members in service learning projects close to their hearts; see what it takes to excel in good character and to be a leader by being involved in our community.
    The arts: Acting, singing, dancing, visual arts. Our Club members have access to some of the best creative resources and mentors in our community and are able to produce vivid and inspiring artistic performances and pieces.  Tour the Club to see and hear first-hand some of the incredible talents of our gifted members. 

    aCadEmIC suCCEss: How much did you learn in school? How much did you retain? Match wits with our members through fun and challenging high-yield learning games and contests that will call on the basics: math, spelling, vocabulary and reasoning.

    hEaLthy LIfEstyLEs: Learn about the activities that develop our young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals, live successfully as self-sufficient young people and have fun with their peers while doing so. 
    So, test your knowledge of the human body, food pyramid and finally answer the question, “Are you smarter than a Club member?”

    thE CLub ExpErIEnCE: End a week of seeing positive Club outcomes in Character and Leadership, The Arts, Education, and Healthy Lifestyles and discover the full Club experience through the eyes of our members. 

    Our final celebration focuses on the commitment made by over 300 children and teens served at the Club daily.daily toursEach day makes a difference. Which day Will be yours?

    RSVP to or (269) 363-4808.
    600 Nate Wells Sr. Drive • Benton Harbor, MI 49022 • (269) 926-8766
  • Thursday, February 20, 2014 4:56 PM | Joan Walters
    Once again our EPWA members have donated a large amount of food to our February Food Drive.  This month our donations were given to the First Presbyterian Church in the Morton Hill neighborhood.  Rev. Laurie sends thanks.

  • Saturday, February 15, 2014 12:40 PM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)
    Saturday, February 22, 2014   - - 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    The Orchards Mall, Benton Harbor - - 
    Mall entrance 4, between Carson’s and Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts

    Lakeland’s third annual “Love Your Heart” event is filled with free information and screenings to show you how to take good care of your heart!

    FREE activities will include:
    ♥ Cholesterol and blood pressure screenings 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    Appointments are required; call (269) 556-2808 or (866) 260-7544 (12-hour fasting required for cholesterol screening; no food, only water). Walk-ins will be accepted if space is available.
    ♥ Fitness demonstration by Benton Harbor/Benton Township Senior Services, Inc. and R.E.A.D.Y. Taekwondo
    ♥ Free heart-healthy classes beginning at 9:00 a.m. with chances to win prizes for attending
    ♥ Health information booths
    ~ Community Organizations and Resources
    ~ Diabetes Education
    ~ Early Heart Attack Care
    ~ Lakeland Comprehensive Weight Loss Center
    ~ Lakeland Heart Center
    ~ Lakeland Nutrition
    ~ Smoke-Free Life
    ♥ Heart-healthy Snacks for Kids 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
    Hands on class for kids and parents with a Lakeland registered dietitian.
    Registration is required.
    ♥ Love Your Heart red-themed fashion show 12:00 p.m. featuring the Blossomtime Community Queens
    ♥ Talk to a cardiologist, featuring J. Douglas Huggett, DO, Cardiology Southwest

    For more information, call the Margaret Beckley Upton Center for Health Enhancement of Lakeland HealthCare at (269) 556-2808 or (866) 260-7544 or visit for event times and details.
  • Saturday, February 15, 2014 12:00 PM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)
    Saturday - MAY 31, 2014 - 6:00PM - 10:00PM * * * Fernwood Botanical Garden
    13988 Range Line Road, Niles, MI 49120            COCKTAILS, FOOD, MUSIC, ART

    Watch artists create original works of art as you stroll, eat, drink, listen to music and have a ton of fun.
    If you attended this unique event last year, you know it's not to be missed. If you missed out last year, don't make the same mistake twice!
    Proceeds will benefit disaster relief efforts and Service to the Armed Forces programs for the American Red Cross of Berrien and Van Buren Counties.
    For more information, call 269-556-9619.
  • Monday, February 10, 2014 5:30 PM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)
    What: The Southwest Michigan Procurement Technical Assistance Center Government Contracting Orientation ClassWhere: Cornerstone Alliance, 38 W. Wall St, Benton Harbor, MI
    When: Wednesday, February 19, 2014; 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Cost: FREE

    The government purchases billions of dollars in goods and services each year. Would you like to be on their vendor list? The Southwest Michigan Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) assists businesses who want to sell products or services to the federal, state or local governments. PTAC counselors are trained to help you navigate this market.

    If your company is considering government contracting, this FREE seminar is the first step in learning how to sell products and services to the federal, state, and local government. You will learn:
    How PTAC Works
    What it takes to become a successful government contractor
    Which services and resources are available to businesses pursuing the government market
    State of Michigan Government Contracting
    Federal Government Contracting
    Laws and Regulations
    Small Business Goals and Set-Asides
    Anyone is welcome to participate. Management and personnel who support and facilitate government contracting within your company will find it most beneficial.
    Preregistration is required; deadline to register is Monday, February 17, 2014. To register online, please visit the PTAC website; call PTAC at 269-553-9588; or email
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