Fight the Bah Humbugs and Buy Berrien

             Imagine walking into a store and receiving a friendly welcome from the store owner and a sincere how may I help you.  A place where your items are gift wrapped, complimentary of course.  A store where they are happy to special order items they may not normally carry in their inventory.  This isn’t a […]

Events Give Boost to Economy

Whew!  Providing a huge helping of Southern hospitality is really hard work!  The months of August and September were spent in preparation for the 7th Annual Harvest Festival and the crowds of visitors that we knew would be in attendance. In my last column, I explained to you that these visitors are actually tourists and […]

The Tourists Are Coming, The Tourists Are Coming!

No! The tourists are here! The opening of the Smithsonian Institution’s exhibit, “Hometown Teams – How Sports Shape America” and “Berrien County’s Hometown Teams Sports Exhibit” on Saturday, August 4th former Berrien County players as well as those interested in the Smithsonian Institution’s exhibit were on hand to take a look at these very impressive […]

Tourism is Economic Development!

July is almost at an end. Many Berrien County families have been on the road since the end of the school year trying to squeeze that family vacation in before the start of school in August. If you took a trip out of town this summer, even for the day, guess what you are called? […]

Someone’s Interested – Now What?

In my last couple of Chamber Chat’s, I have discussed the Economic Development side of the Chamber. In this article, I would like to explain what happens when someone shows an interest in locating in our county. The most important aspect to land a new business or industry is confidentiality. The person that handles Economic […]

The Keys to New Business Development

In my last article, we took a look at the Economic Development side of the Berrien County Chamber. In this article, we will take a look at the keys to new business development. The first step to new business development is to understand the process. The average citizen usually does not know what is involved […]

What is the Berrien County Chamber of Commerce?

As we enter the New Year, I will be sharing with you information about events, activities and news at the Berrien County Chamber of Commerce. It will be my goal to educate the public about the important role of the Chamber in our county. I also hope to give to you an insight on some […]

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 […]