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Back in October, my friends at United Federal Credit Union issued a request for proposals regarding construction of a new headquarters for their institution. As you can well imagine, lots of people stepped forward to say, in essence, “Pick ME!...Pick ME!” So much so that the organization announced this past week that the process will end up taking longer than they had anticipated.<br /> <br /> More than 50 responses to the financial institution’s request for help poured in from across Southwest Michigan and Northwest Indiana. Responses from municipalities, corporations, organizations, and individuals were deemed “overwhelming” by the CEO Gary Easterling, who added “We now plan to take additional time to more fully explore a larger set of options than we initially planned.” <br /> <br /> The credit union has experienced almost explosive growth in recent years, now managing assets in excess of $1.4-billion dollars. They recently acquired the assets of Griffith Savings Bank in Griffith, Indiana.<br /> <br /> Easterling cited the importance of the ultimate decision to members and employees as a major driver behind the decision to slow the process and study more carefully the options available to them. United Federal was founded in St. <br /> <br /> Joseph in 1949 and has called that community its home since day one, leading most proponents locally to strongly encourage they find a solid local option to be the winning one. Stay tuned.<br /> <br /> A prime example of why we need to work diligently to retain United Federal is their commercial banker, Danny DeLaRosa who was instrumental in linking business owner Todd Weiss of Weiss Industrial to his friends at Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services. Todd established his material handling equipment service business in northern Indiana in 2007. <br /> <br /> He was looking to grow and expand his business, but needed to update his business plan. The Small Business Services Team not only helped him with that issue but helped his relocation planning to establish a well-equipped shop in Benton Charter Township. Now he offers the sale and rental of used forklifts and a maximal line of new lift trucks as well, along with parts and 24-hour emergency service. <br /> <br /> The team also provided an SBA Microloan allowing him to increase inventory and improve online services through his website.<br /> <br /> Judee Hopwood has managed day-today operations at Williamson Employment for the past four years and now she is officially the “keeper of the keys.” Judee and her husband Jeff Hopwood completed the Transfer of ownership of the staffing agency at the beginning of the year, purchasing the company outright from Judee’s mother, and the founder of the agency, Peg Williamson, who had been at the helm for most of the nearly 20 years they have been in business. The firm will actually celebrate their 20th Anniversary this year. <br /> <br /> Judee got her MBA from Western Michigan University in 2004 and is dedicated to promoting the local community, serving on several local boards and advisory councils.<br /> <br /> Jeff most recently worked at Robert Bosch Corporation as manager of the SAP technical team for North America. Congratulations, Jeff and Judee...and happy retirement, Peg!<br /> <br /> 39 years ago this week, a newly released Staff Sergeant from the U.S. Air Force raced across the country from Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah to the front door of local radio station WSJM in downtown St. Joseph. <br /> <br /> The station back then was a storefront operation in the space now occupied by the John Devries Insurance Agency. That guy on the radio’s doorstep was me...Pat Moody. Now...as I begin my 40th year at the radio station, I still land on their doorstep every morning, only now the building is on East Napier Avenue in Benton Harbor. <br /> <br /> There aren’t too many people who have worked in the radio business who have been with the same station into their 40th year, but I am happy to be among them.<br /> <br /> Thanks for listening!<br /> <br /> Even though it has been 39 years and running, I’m not looking for a new one, but if you are in the hunt for a new job, Beacon Services will be hosting a Job Fair this coming Monday, March 6th from 9am until 4pm at their office located at 805 Myrtle in Southtown St. Joseph. Staffing Specialist Jennifer Sharkey tells me that they keep hearing, “there are no jobs out there.” <br /> <br /> On the other hand she says, “We have jobs and are struggling to find quality candidates to fill our positions! At Beacon, we feel like we pick up the paper and see, ‘Where are the jobs’ articles and we are asking where are these skilled people?” If you are one of them, and you have been searching for a good job, maybe Monday’s Beacon Job Fair can be a beacon to your new career. If you have questions, you can reach the Beacon team at 983-1330.<br /> <br /> While it is not a new job for her, it is certainly a new venture for Melanie Page- Wood who has just opened Bright Hope Counseling Center inside St. Peters United Church of Christ building at 623 Church Street in St. Joseph. Bright Hope is a private counseling practice to treat mental health and addictions, including gambling addiction.<br /> <br /> Melanie is a licensed professional counselor and internationally certified advance alcohol and drug counselor with more than 12 years in the trenches. She serves on the panel for the State of Michigan to provide gambling addiction services to the addict and family members. If you’d like to contact Melanie, you can reach her via phone at 269-944- 7331 to schedule an appointment or ask any pertinent questions you might have regarding her new practice, or check out her website at www.brighthopecounseling.com. The bright yellow “For Lease” sign recently disappeared from the front window at 1697 Colfax Avenue in Benton Harbor, sparking a call to building owner Joe Giannola of Giannola Investments to learn the rest of the story. Looks like the space that most recently housed D.W. Hammond Chocolates (which moved late last year to downtown Coloma) will become the new home of Artisan Caterers, LLC. That’s the catering company owned and operated by Ryan and Julie Thornburg, the extremely talented couple with a strong history in culinary experience in Michigan’s Great Southwest. Calls to Ryan and Julie for further details on the build-out of the space and their plans moving forward were incomplete prior to my deadline for this MailMax for Michigan’s Great Southwest Week’s column, so stay tuned for more on the prospects for Artisan Caterers new site coming soon.<br /> <br /> In just two short weeks, you can put on your green gear and join the fun at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Lighted Evening Parade in downtown Coloma! The grand evening on the town begins when the parade steps off at the fire station at 7:30pm on Saturday, March 17th, the actual day marking St. Patrick’s Day itself. The parade will continue through town and be followed by award presentation’s on the steps of City Hall. The Coloma Marching Band will be a part of the show along with leprechauns, many Irish menu items at local restaurants, and colorful Irish window displays throughout the central business district. It is a long standing tradition, and if the weather holds out, a DJ will host some outside music and fun on Badt Drive from 8 until 10pm following the parade in front of Freshwater Coffee Company. Hope to see you there!<br /> <br /> Badt Drive is also home to the Edward Jones financial services office of Financial Advisor Denise Barowicz. The reason I point that out to you, is there’s already some celebrating going on there following recent word that globally, Edward Jones has scored recognition from Training Magazine as one of the top training companies in the nation for the 12th consecutive year. They have consistently earned high marks as an employer of choice and won this honor for their financial advisor training which enrolls nearly 200 trainees every month. Congratulations, Denise and everyone in the Edward Jones family.<br /> <br /> The Berrien County Association of Retired School Personnel will be offering two Beverly Pringle Scholarships valued at $750 each for the upcoming fall semester. The awards are set aside for students who will be seniors in the fall term who are enrolled in the field of education and will be student teaching during the upcoming school year. Candidates Must hold a “B” average and must be graduates of a Berrien County high school and attending a Michigan college or university. Deadline for applications is April 14, 2012 and they can be requested at buczwin@sbcglobal.net. Diane Buczwinski is the scholarship chair. Good luck!<br /> <br /> The World Championship of Half Marathons for Predict-a-Time marathon runners is slated to be held in St. Joe on Saturday, March 24th under the title sponsorship of Schu’s Grill & Bar downtown. The 13.1- mile race is designed to allow you, the runner, to select a time in which you believe you will finish the race. Awards will be granted to those runners who come closest to their predicted completion time. Basically, it takes speed completely out of the equation, leveling the field for all runners to compete and succeed.<br /> <br /> The event will start at 7am that Saturday morning at 501 Pleasant Street and then wind through picturesque downtown streets, over the river and into the scenic trail system of Jean Klock Park and the Golf Club at Harbor Shores. The championship run concludes back at Schu’s. Online registration is now open at www.schus.com or you can pick up the form at the restaurant. Revenues raised by the event will benefit West Michigan Athletic Ventures Local Scholarship Program.<br /> <br /> Another major fundraiser, Plant Hope is engaged in the serious battle against human trafficking. It’s a from of modern-day slavery in which people profit from the control and exploitation of others, and is at work right here in Michigan, as well. Saturday, May 19th, Stonehouse Nursery and Lemon Creek Winery of Berrien Springs are teaming up for an event to promote awareness of the problem.<br /> <br /> Patty Steinhauser from Stonehouse Nursery is heading up the effort and is looking for sponsors and donations to make it all happen.<br /> <br /> Go to www.plantinghopeinmichigan.org to sign on to participate in the event or to learn more, or give her a call at 269-471-2918.<br /> <br /> Thanks for your consideration.<br /> <br /> My friend Bret Bortner is the subject of a 30-year retrospective now open at the Krasl Art Center. Aptly titled after his former shop in downtown St. Joseph, the exhibit is called FORM: Essence and Simplicity in Product Design. It’s the evolution of his pottery creation from his start in a garage in Dundee, Illinois through peak years with his largest buyer Crate & Barrel and beyond. Check it out!<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great week and watch for the next edition of MailMax in your mailbox next Saturday!

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