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Tuesday, April 07, 2020
Now, more than ever, First Church of God is leading the way to care for the people of Southwest Michigan in a holistic manner.    Lead Pastor David Colp: “First Church clearly understands Jesus' mandate to serve. We believe there are needs that God is going to allow us to meet, by working together with incredible community partners to bring hope in the face of tremendous adversity. We refuse to ...read more
Categories: Community, Human Interest, Press Release
Tuesday, April 07, 2020
Greater Niles Chamber Announces New Emergency Relief Program in response to COVID-19 Public Health Crisis    Niles, Mich. – The Greater Niles Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) introduces the Greater Niles Chamber Emergency Relief Program (ERP) in light of recent developments concerning the COVID-19, coronavirus public health crisis. The ERP is designed to support the greater Niles businesses that are ...read more
Categories: Community, Press Release, Chamber, Economic
Thursday, April 02, 2020
BENTON HARBOR, Michigan (April 2, 2020) --Due to the stay-at-home order in the state of Michigan for COVID-19 and the uncertainties around future timelines,KitchenAid and the PGA of America have canceled the 2020 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. While the Championship has a positive impact on the local community every other year, the overall health and safety of community members is the top ...read more
Categories: Community, Press Release
Thursday, April 02, 2020
COLOMA/ST. JOSEPH KOA HOLIDAY OPENS EARLY AND ANNOUNCES CHANGES  -  APPLAUDS GOVERNOR WHITMER’S CLARIFICATION FOR CAMPGROUNDS      Riverside, Michigan, April 2, 2020:  Like many small businesses that have been impacted by the national emergency, the Coloma/St. Joseph KOA Holiday announces that we too are stepping up and making necessary changes to protect the health and well-being of our staff ...read more
Categories: Human Interest, Community, Press Release
Wednesday, April 01, 2020
BENTON TOWNSHIP, MI – You are home. Your neighbors and friends are home. For the moment, we all live in a stay-at-home-world. However, that doesn't mean live performances need to be on hold. To keep the arts alive during COVID-19 social distancing measures, The Mendel Center is introducing a new, online series: Remotely Interested: Live to Your Living Room.  Seven online events are scheduled to ...read more
Categories: Human Interest, Community, Press Release
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Berrien Community Foundation, Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council and Cornerstone AllianceAnnounce Rent and Mortgage Payment Program (RAMPP) BENTON HARBOR, Mich. – Cornerstone Alliance, Berrien County’s lead economic development agency, has partnered with the Berrien Community Foundation and the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council to create a zero-interest loan program for Berrien ...read more
Categories: Community, Economic, Press Release
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
ST. JOSEPH, Mich. – United Federal Credit Union (United) is pleased to introduce Lisa Frohnapfel as Market Vice President in Michigan. She brings 27 years of financial management experience to the team.   In her new role with United, Frohnapfel will lead the Michigan team in driving sales, service, and business development initiatives to achieve market growth, and will also lead the United ...read more
Categories: Economic, Community, Press Release
Thursday, March 26, 2020
ST. JOSEPH, Mich. – United Federal Credit Union (United) has launched a Member Assistance Program designed to provide financial relief to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.   United’s Member Assistance Program includes:   No fees and increased eligibility for using Skip-a-Pay option on: Installment LoansMortgagesHome Equity Loans and Lines of CreditCredit Cards90-day payment deferment ...read more
Categories: Community, Press Release, Economic
Monday, March 23, 2020
BENTON HARBOR, Mich.- Effective March 24th, all Michigan Works! Berrien, Cass and Van Buren service centers will be closed for walk-in services and will shift to providing service remotely.   Michigan Works! Berrien, Cass, Van Buren remains available to answer questions and assist the public and business owners across Southwest Michigan. To schedule a phone or virtual appointment with Michigan ...read more
Categories: Press Release, Economic, Community, Human Interest
Monday, March 23, 2020
ST. JOSEPH, MICH. — Due to the latest developments regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), the first Antiques on the Bluff show, scheduled for Sunday, May 3 will be cancelled.   Amy Zapal, executive director at St. Joseph Today, says, “The health of our visitors, residents and members is critical to St. Joe Today. With the wellbeing of our community in mind, we have decided to cancel the first show ...read more
Categories: Community, Press Release, Human Interest
Monday, March 23, 2020
Attention: Business Owners  On Monday, March 23, 2020, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a Shelter-in-Place order for the State of Michigan. All Michiganders are required to stay home, with the exception of essential service workers.  If you are either an essential services employer or critical lifeline company, you are exempt from the shelter-in-place ...read more
Categories: Economic, Community, Press Release
Monday, March 23, 2020
St. Joseph, Mich – After Governor Whitmer’s announcement of Executive Order 2020-21 Shelter in Place, many questions have been asked regarding what businesses are considered “essential.”  Essential businesses and workers are defined as “those who are necessary to sustain or protect life” and “critical infrastructure workers.”  Those business categories include: ...read more
Categories: Community, Press Release, Chamber, Economic
Friday, March 20, 2020
Dear WBC/Microloan Client,  We know that this is a difficult time for our small business community. Cornerstone Alliance is committed to providing our local business owners with reliable, up-to-date information about available economic relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We were informed this morning that Berrien and Cass Counties have been declared as disaster areas. This means ...read more
Categories: Economic, Press Release, Community, General News Article
Friday, March 20, 2020
he state of Michigan’s small business entrepreneurial support organizations have joined forces with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to ensure economic support is available to Michigan businesses to overcome anticipated loss of revenue as a result of the COVID-19 virus, the organizations announced today.“Small businesses drive the economies of our communities, and we understand that ...read more
Categories: Human Interest, Community, General News Article, Press Release
Friday, March 20, 2020
      Dear Members, Thank you for navigating the past few days with us. We know that COVID-19 has impacted each and everyone one of our lives in some way and we are confident that we will get through this as a community. These are uncertain, perilous times for the Y and all community organizations. As we pivot our services for the ...read more
Categories: Community, Press Release, General News Article
Thursday, March 19, 2020
The recent closings of local restaurants and other businesses have made a sudden drastic impact on our lives. This impact now creates a potential challenge for people to safely access prepared meals. Classic Catering & Events would like you to know of a to-go program we have put in place to bring to your home, or workplace, options for delicious and nutritious meals. These meals can be prepared ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Community, General News Article, Human Interest, Press Release
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s recent executive order to temporarily close dine-in services at all bars, restaurants, and various other public spaces in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak will have an undeniable impact on the local economy.  In response, the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber has launched a series of efforts aimed at supporting local businesses throughout this ...read more
Categories: Community, Human Interest, General News Article, Press Release
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Looking for ways to stay fit at home?While we wish we could see you all at the Y, our members currently have access to FREE virtual fitness classes through Y-360, LES MILLS, and MOSSA® Move! These platforms offer a variety of classes ranging from yoga, Bootcamp, strength training, active older adults, and more.
Categories: General News Article, Press Release, Community, Human Interest
Monday, March 16, 2020
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cornerstone Alliance has created a task force to share critical information in a timely manner with the local business community. The Alliance is taking an abundance of caution to positively impact slowing the spread of the virus.  We encourage local businesses to visit the COVID-19 Relief web page (here) and visit the Cornerstone Alliance Facebook page and ...read more
Categories: Community, General News Article, Human Interest, Press Release