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What Do You See? 7th Annual Photo of the Week -Page 2 ws Pa per. Ne Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com Pages 9-12 Volume 12, Ver. 5 February 5, 2011 Moody on The Market The Donald C. Cook Nuclear Power Plant beckoned some 21 years ago, and Steve Lowery responded. Mr. Lowery came to the region intent on being a contractor on site for an 18-month stint. It was 22-months later that he was hired on full time by the folks at American Electric Power. By 1992 Steve and his wife Lynda had moved to Bridgman to establish their residence. Eight years later, in the year 2000, the Lowery’s relocated to a new home in Bridgman where they are currently raising their two sons, 16-year old Zachary and 12-year old Alec. After a rewarding 19-year career at the Cook Nuclear Plant, Steve elected to take AEP’s voluntary severance package and retired from the nuclear energy industry. Now, Steve and Lynda are living out the dream of owning their own business. They call it How Sweet It Is/A Simple Taste of Home. They just opened up shop in mid-January at 5730 Berrien Street in Stevensville. The Lowery’s are offering basic baked goods and a simple soup & sandwich lunch daily. They also have glassware from a local craft-er, jams & jellies from a farm in Three Oaks, and a local quilter will be showcasing a few of her quilts in their shop. The Lowery’s are hopeful of increasing their support of local crafters whenever and wherever possible. You will find the shop open from 10am until 5pm every Monday through Saturday in Stevensville. You can reach them with ques-tions at 269-408-8268. Congratulations upon your successful retirement Steve, and best of luck to both of you on your new business ven-ture. Friends and neighbors in the Bridgman area who would like to follow the example set by the Lowery’s in seeking their dream are invited to a special joint session this week featuring the Bridgman-Lake Township Economic Growth Alliance and the Small Business Services team of Cornerstone Alliance. The two-hour session designed to answer questions regarding the launch of a new business or the expansion of an existing one will take place at Bridgman’s Weko Beachhouse located on Lake Michigan at Continued on page 6 M oody Pat ECRWSS Postal Customer the western end of Lake Street in the city. Attendance is just $15-dollars payable by cash or check at the door. There are a limited number of free-admission scholarship oppor-tunities available by calling the EGA at 588-0342. The orientation will set the record regarding grants, information on micro-loan programs, business planning assistance, the Women’s Business Center and more. The event will run from 6 until 8pm this coming Wednesday, February 9th. Get your registra-tion in soon, space is limited. Those who have already made up their mind regarding establishing a new business POSTMASTER: Please deliver on February 5, 2011 MOODY Continued from page 1 broadcasting. Jenna is the new Weekend Weather Forecaster and Weekday Reporter for WJBF Television in Augusta, Georgia. In addition to her weather and reporting duties with the ABC affiliate, 269-408-8762 • 2603 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, MI Jenna is also doing a 10-pm show for Augusta’s local Fox TV affiliate. She has already filled-in on the sta-tion’s main morning newscast for the morning meteorologist and is loving her new job in the deep south. Jenna tells me that when she is not doing weather tasks, she will be reporting Dr. Robert Flood Eye Injury -Glaucoma for a show called “Pass it On,” a feature seg-Dry Eyes -Infections ment that gives away $300-dollars to someone in the community who deserves it because of their commitment to serving others. Jenna says that she is a Midwest girl at heart, but, “A bit of a nomad…and that’s how it is in this business.” She says it has been a great career move, and she hopes to eventually get back to her MVP project to uplift young adults, but adds that, “ God told me ‘Jenna, MVP has to wait, because I have other plans for you.’” Congratulations, Jenna on those “other plans” that have you back on the air and in the lime-light. Continued great success to you! Too *Some restrictions bad apply that the timing wasn’t better on the depar-ture of Gordy Young in South Bend! Then, you could be doing work there and still be that lovable Midwest Girl! Whatever forecast that the weather folks have in store, the party is about to begin for the 7th Annual Magical Ice Carving Festival next weekend. The big Valentine weekend affair will kick off on Friday night, February 11th with the Fire & Ice Tower sponsored by The Holiday Inn Express-St. Joe. That’s at 7:30pm at the corner of Pleasant and Lake Boulevard alongside the Schu’s hospitality tent in the center of Pleasant Street. Schu’s will offer hearty winter fare, hot & cold bever-ages and entertainment there all weekend beginning Friday afternoon. Professional ice carving competition kicks off at noon on Saturday and ends at 5pm. Epicurean cooking demos at Perennial Accents on State Street and other great events will take place through-out the weekend, including a new first: The Coastline Children’s Film Festival in part-nership with Brookview School. For more information including the full schedule of events stop by the St. Joseph Today Welcome Center or log onto www.sjtoday.org. You can also reach them by phone at 985-1111. Hope to see you there! New to the Ice Festival this year is a great winter warm up in the form of the Silver Beach Center’s Waikiki Weekend below the bluff starting on Friday night. The grand affair gets underway from 8pm until 11:30pm on Friday night at the Luau Party featuring the music of Chicago’s Midwest Hype, free carousel rides, free snacks, a cash bar with Continued on page 8 of growing or changing businesses, and pro-and Eastern European mythology, and Inserts & Promotions spective borrowers. The full six-week course beyond. You can meet Cheri and check out Harding’s Friendly Markets cost is just $150, and financial assistance is her talented handiwork at her kickoff event in the Anna Russo-Sieber Studio in the old available for eligible participants. You must MailMax is a publication of Far Ahead Advertising, Inc. Martin’s Super Market pre-register by calling 925-6100. Deadline Barentsen Candy Company Building at 2202 Plaza Drive Benton Harbor, MI 49022 th th 147 5 Street in the Benton Harbor Arts for registration is February 25 . 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The Donald C. Cook Nuclear Power Plant beckoned some 21 years ago, and Steve Lowery responded. Mr.Lowery came to the region intent on being a contractor on site for an 18-month stint. It was 22-months later that he was hired on full time by the folks at American Electric Power. By 1992 Steve and his wife Lynda had moved to Bridgman to establish their residence. Eight years later, in the year 2000, the Lowery’s relocated to a new home in Bridgman where they are currently raising their two sons, 16-year old Zachary and 12-year old Alec. After a rewarding 19-year career at the Cook Nuclear Plant, Steve elected to take AEP’s voluntary severance package and retired from the nuclear energy industry. Now, Steve and Lynda are living out the dream of owning their own business. They call it How Sweet It Is/A Simple Taste of Home. They just opened up shop in mid-January at 5730 Berrien Street in Stevensville. The Lowery’s are offering basic baked goods and a simple soup & sandwich lunch daily. They also have glassware from a local crafter, jams & jellies from a farm in Three Oaks, and a local quilter will be showcasing a few of her quilts in their shop. The Lowery’s are hopeful of increasing their support of local crafters whenever and wherever possible. You will find the shop open from 10am until 5pm every Monday through Saturday in Stevensville. You can reach them with questions at 269-408-8268. Congratulations upon your successful retirement Steve, and best of luck to both of you on your new business venture.<br /> <br /> Friends and neighbors in the Bridgman area who would like to follow the example set by the Lowery’s in seeking their dream are invited to a special joint session this week featuring the Bridgman-Lake Township Economic Growth Alliance and the Small Business Services team of Cornerstone Alliance. The two-hour session designed to answer questions regarding the launch of a new business or the expansion of an existing one will take place at Bridgman’s Weko Beachhouse located on Lake Michigan at the western end of Lake Street in the city.<br /> Attendance is just $15-dollars payable by cash or check at the door. There are a limited number of free-admission scholarship opportunities available by calling the EGA at 588-0342. The orientation will set the record regarding grants, information on micro-loan programs, business planning assistance, the Women’s Business Center and more. The event will run from 6 until 8pm this coming Wednesday, February 9th. Get your registration in soon, space is limited.<br /> <br /> Those who have already made up their mind regarding establishing a new business or growing the one they already have underway might be interested in much more indepth coverage of the world of business through the Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services CORE FOUR Business Planning Course getting underway next month. My colleague Bob Jones tells me that the six-week course will be conducted on Thursday evenings beginning March 3rd at the Western Michigan University Southwest Campus at 2785 E. Napier Avenue in Benton Harbor. Entrepreneurs will be presented with information on how to plan a business with focal points on marketing, cash flow, and operations planning. Also on the agenda is “Success Planning,” which focuses on the personal goals of the business owner, ethics, and other personal development practices. CORE FOUR is designed specifically for those people who have a business idea, struggling business owners, owners of growing or changing businesses, and prospective borrowers. The full six-week course cost is just $150, and financial assistance is available for eligible participants. You must pre-register by calling 925-6100. Deadline for registration is February 25th.<br /> <br /> Yet another business class specifically designed for local contractors gets underway on Monday (February 7th). Hopefully it is not too late for you to join the 4-week session on Quickbooks for Construction Contractors. Call immediately on Monday morning at 925-6100 to get enrolled in the class geared toward construction industry businesses including general contractors, builders and sub-contractors. Technically, the deadline has passed, but there might still be space available in the class to help you prepare and interpret important financial reports, cost each job accurately, prepare new quotes using previous job costs, set up accounts and more. For non-contractors, Cornerstone’s standard, three-session “Introduction to Quickbooks” will be conducted next month.<br /> <br /> It was the Small Business Services team’s partnership with the Krasl Art Center and their Business of Art series that drew local artisan Cheri Lesauskis in and is now witnessing the official launch of her new business Elemental Alchemy. As Cheri tells us, Elemental Alchemy is handmade jewelry for women and men stoked by gemstones, crystals, rocks, fossils, beach glass, and other objects that carry energy and unique meaning. Pieces are influenced by Indian and Eastern European mythology, and beyond. You can meet Cheri and check out her talented handiwork at her kickoff event in the Anna Russo-Sieber Studio in the old Barentsen Candy Company Building at 147 5th Street in the Benton Harbor Arts District. Showing and sales will take place on February 10th from 4 until 8p, February 12th from noon until 4pm, and a special Reception Party on February 11th from 5 til 9pm. Her own studio is located at 210 Water Street in the district.<br /> <br /> For those among us who don’t have aspirations toward opening a business, but would simply like to get a leg up on finding a good job, the Lincoln Township Public Library is hosting a job seekers workshop on March 2, 2011 at 10:00am and 1:00pm. The morning session will focus on Job Seeker Secrets, and the afternoon will feature Resume Writing. The library folks are teaming up with Certified Career Consultant Bobbie Twa of Changing Directions. She routinely offers professional and career coaching and training to individuals and business people to help them transition their career while saving time and money. To register for the job seeker series, call 429-9575 or stop by the library to sign up.<br /> <br /> One young lady whose career continues to soar is Jenna Lee Thomas of Stevensville. I wrote here about Jenna last fall regarding her career to date in broadcasting, dance and beyond. Her MVP project I told you about at that time is currently on hold because she has landed a plum job in her chosen field of broadcasting. Jenna is the new Weekend Weather Forecaster and Weekday Reporter for WJBF Television in Augusta, Georgia. In addition to her weather and reporting duties with the ABC affiliate, Jenna is also doing a 10-pm show for Augusta’s local Fox TV affiliate. She has already filled-in on the station’s main morning newscast for the morning meteorologist and is loving her new job in the deep south. Jenna tells me that when she is not doing weather tasks, she will be reporting for a show called “Pass it On,” a feature segment that gives away $300-dollars to someone in the community who deserves it because of their commitment to serving others. Jenna says that she is a Midwest girl at heart, but, “A bit of a nomad…and that’s how it is in this business.” She says it has been a great career move, and she hopes to eventually get back to her MVP project to uplift young adults, but adds that, “God told me ‘Jenna, MVP has to wait, because I have other plans for you.’” Congratulations, Jenna on those “other plans” that have you back on the air and in the limelight. Continued great success to you! Too bad that the timing wasn’t better on the departure of Gordy Young in South Bend! Then, you could be doing work there and still be that lovable Midwest Girl!<br /> <br /> Whatever forecast that the weather folks have in store, the party is about to begin for the 7th Annual Magical Ice Carving Festival next weekend. The big Valentine weekend affair will kick off on Friday night, February 11th with the Fire & Ice Tower sponsored by The Holiday Inn Express-St.Joe. That’s at 7:30pm at the corner of Pleasant and Lake Boulevard alongside the Schu’s hospitality tent in the center of Pleasant Street. Schu’s will offer hearty winter fare, hot & cold beverages and entertainment there all weekend beginning Friday afternoon. Professional ice carving competition kicks off at noon on Saturday and ends at 5pm. Epicurean cooking demos at Perennial Accents on State Street and other great events will take place throughout the weekend, including a new first: The Coastline Children’s Film Festival in partnership with Brookview School. For more information including the full schedule of events stop by the St.Joseph Today Welcome Center or log onto www.sjtoday.org. You can also reach them by phone at 985-1111. Hope to see you there!<br /> <br /> New to the Ice Festival this year is a great winter warm up in the form of the Silver Beach Center’s Waikiki Weekend below the bluff starting starting on Friday night. The grand affair gets underway from 8pm until 11:30pm on Friday night at the Luau Party featuring the music of Chicago’s Midwest Hype, free carousel rides, free snacks, a cash bar with tropical drinks, beer and wine and more. Just $5-bucks at the door gets you in on the fun. Saturday’s party for Waikiki Weekend is being dubbed Hula Hoopla running from 10am until 5pm featuring Barefoot Hawaiian Hula shows at 1, 2 and 3pm. Sunday’s party is tabbed as the Surfin’ Safari running from noon until 5pm, featuring free popcorn and cotton candy, fun kid crafts and more. Plan now to gather up the whole family and all of your friends for a bit of a tropical islands paradise in the middle of the winter ice festival in St.Joe.<br /> <br /> My friend and Cornerstone colleague Reyna Price and her family and friends hope to see you this coming weekend as they celebrate a “Cookies for a Cure fundraiser Bake Sale.” Reyna’s daughter, Elysa suffers Dravet Syndrome, a rare form of Epilepsy. 100% of the proceeds next Saturday, February 12th, will go to the non-profit International Dravet Syndrome Epilepsy Action League (IDEA League) to support children and families struggling with the disease. Stop by Power in Motion Gymnastics at 3389 M-139 in St. Joseph from 9am until noon and/or Joe’s Café & Breakfast House at 4100 M-139 from 8am until 4pm. Your personal Valentine might be very glad that you did! Thanks for your support!<br /> <br /> Your Valentine might sincerely appreciate a romantic dinner at The Ideal Place in the Benton Harbor Arts District. The cast and crew there might appreciate it even moreso, in light of the recent slow times exacerbated by the serious illness and recent surgery undergone by the restaurant’s Barb Clark. She and Chris have been up and down the road dealing with numerous doctors’ appointments and Barb’s surgery at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. Barb’s son, Doug, is still making the great food his mother taught him to make and is doing a great job filling in during her recovery. Don’t let this hitch in the road derail a great establishment and some wonderful people. Your support is sincerely appreciated.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a super week, shop locally and support local businessmen and women, and we’ll see you Saturday right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> Executive Vice President of Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce<br /> pmoody@cstonealliance.org<br /> 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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