Event Calendar

If you are bringing VISITORS to the meeting there are two options for registration. You may register and pay for visitors when you make your own reservation OR they may sign up on the website as a visitor and make and pay for their own reservation.

Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, April 09, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Cressy Everett Realtors
    Registration is closed
    Meeting Chairwoman
    Joan Walters, JR Walters Resources 

    Employment Law Updates

    Presenter:  Wendy Block, IOM
    Vice President of Business Advocacy, Michigan Chamber of Commerce

    Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

    5:30p.m. Networking
    6:00p.m. Presentation

    Reservations Due by Thursday, April 4th.
    Late registrations incur an additional $10 fee.

    Speaker Topic

    Wendy Block, Vice President of Business Advocacy, Michigan Chamber of Commerce is our guest speaker for the evening.  Wendy will be sharing employment law topics such mandatory paid sick leave and recently passed marijuana regulations.  

    Speakers Biography

    Wendy Block is the Vice President Business Advocacy for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. Wendy is responsible for developing and advancing legislative and regulatory proposals and agendas that represent Chamber members’ interests on a wide range of issues, including health care, legal reform, workforce development and employment law.  Wendy also manages the Chamber’s Health and Human Resources Committee, a member-based committee that helps shape the chamber’s position on key issues and public policy proposals.

    Wendy has worked in and around Lansing political circles for two decades. Prior to joining the Chamber, Wendy served as a policy advisor for the Michigan House of Representatives covering health insurance, financial services and education issue and held other policy-related positions in the Michigan House and Senate. 

    Wendy holds a B.A. from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois.  She is a graduate of the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management (IOM), the Leadership Michigan program and the Leadership Development Program (LDP) at the Center for Creative Leadership. Wendy was identified by lawmakers, lobbyists, association executives and executive branch officials in the MIRS/EPIC-MRA Insider’s Survey as one of Lansing’s most effective single-issue lobbyists (2009 and 2013—the two most recent surveys).

    Wendy serves on following boards and committees: The Council of State Chambers Policy Center Advisory Board, the Michigan Self-Insurers’ Association Board of Managers, the Council of State Chambers Employment and Labor Committee (co-chair) and the Unemployment Insurance Agency’s Employer Advisory Committee. Wendy regularly speaks to chambers, trade associations and other groups across the state and country about ballot proposals and key legislative and regulatory issues. 

    The Michigan Chamber of Commerce is a statewide business organization representing approximately 6,000 employers, trade association and local chambers of commerce. 


    Cressy Everett Realtors 
    3687 S. Lakeshore Drive
    Saint Joseph, Michigan 49085

    Evening Cost

    $25 (Members and Visitors).
    Late registrations after Thursday, March 7th, will incur an additional $10 fee.



    Carribean Pork with Mango Salsa
    Champagne Chicken 
    Eggplant Parmesan

    Smashed Red Potatoes
    Grilled Vegetables 
    Rolls & Butter 
    Assorted Desserts:  Cookies, Cheesecake, Brownies
    Bottled Water 


    Reach Jo Ann Bertrand by email at epwami@yahoo.com.

    If paying by mail, please remember that you still need to make your reservation on the EPWA website.

    Send payment to: EPWA c/o Jo Ann Bertrand
    902 Eagle Point Drive
    St. Joseph, MI 49085

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