Shop your Hometown for the Holidays

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is in full swing.  Santa is making his list and checking it twice, but before you make a mad dash to the nearest mall to stuff those stockings check out the businesses in your backyard.  Berrien County businesses offer unique gift selections, custom orders, and customer service […]

Bypass the Big Box and Zip into your Favorite Berrien Business

Black Friday ads are broadcasted in nearly every commercial break during your favorite television show. Avoid the long lines and crowds and make plans to shop with Berrien County businesses this holiday season. In 2010, American Express launched Shop Small Saturday, a national movement that shines a spotlight on supporting and shopping with local small […]

No Tricks…Only Treats When you Buy Berrien

The Chamber’s persistence on encouraging local residents to Buy Berrien often incurs criticism. The Chamber firmly believes one of the best recruitment tools our community can have is a thriving local economy where its residents support local businesses. Business investment, large or small is looking for “feet on the street”. Encouraging our local residents to […]

Tourism Contributes Heavily to Berrien County Economy

In March of this year Berrien County was visited by the State’s Tourism Product Development Team. Over the course of their three day stay, the nine member team spent time at a variety of local tourist attractions and heard testimony from locals. After their visit, they went back to their magic workshop in Atlanta where […]

The Price of Shopping Out of County

Shopping out of county certainly isn’t a crime, but when you choose to shop out of town you are robbing your home community of sales tax revenues needed to complete local projects. The three local pennies retained on all transactions are used to fund local projects like road paving, water and sewer upgrades, and school […]

Retail Therapy

The summer months have proven to be slow business months for many local retail merchants in Berrien County over the past few years. The decrease in foot traffic is largely due to families taking vacations. Before you head out on that family vacation, make a point to make a pit stop at your favorite Berrien […]

Small Town-Big Business

Small town living has its perks lower cost of living and less traffic rank high on the list of small town appeal. While we have fewer traffic lights than some of our more urbanized neighboring cities, the price tag to provide services to residents is far from small. Infrastructure like paved roads and water/sewer lines […]

Roundup Local Support

Roundup Local Support March plays host to the Annual Cotton Blossom Roundup Professional Rodeo.  This event in its sixth year has become a popular event and attracts rodeo fans from across the region.  The annual rodeo and events like it are an important component to the Berrien County economy and have massive economic impacts on […]

Show some love to Berrien businesses

Small business is the cornerstone of the American economy, and certainly the heartbeat of our local economy.  The official definition of small business is any business employing less than 50 people.  By that definition, more than 90% of Berrien County’s businesses fall into that category.  Small business owners create two out of every three jobs […]

New Year New Opportunity

With the New Year comes new opportunity to make a change.  Local merchants are the life blood of our local economy.  Berrien County is proudly home to hundreds of small businesses, many are generational family businesses.  Those family ties and love of this community is what helps keep those businesses rooted in Berrien County. With […]