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Economic diversification is the game today
“Economic development and diversification from gaming is critical for the Pokagon tribe, and I know it’s important for other tribes,” said Eugene Magnuson, Tribal Council treasurer. “We can’t rely on gaming forever.”

Summer signs point to a healthy Elkhart County

New Member Recruitment Benefits Current Members
New Member Recruitment Benefits Current Members

Transportation Luncheon slated for Aug. 4

Global Reach of Local Faith
There are hundreds of local businessmen who bond through their beliefs and support one another’s ventures materially. There are also several hundred pieces of equipment that are sent around the globe to support religious missionary and humanitarian work, again, based on faith. There is local faith with a global reach.

Auto Connection to Local Economy
Band instruments and recreational vehicles. Those industries have been at the core of the greater Elkhart area economy and its communities for several decades. For more than a generation, the automotive market has also been a significant element in the local economy.

Non-Profits: Gears in developing a Workforce
Non-profit organizations are not the economic engines of a community. However, they can play a major role as gears - developing a workforce, educating youth in “real-world” finances, and in easing the social challenges of many working adults - to create a better local economy.

Truth’s Marshall King to host YP Candidates Lunch
Meet the Candidate luncheon April 16 at The Lerner

500 Families - Dario Kerkez
The Chamber’s 500 Families Initiative and “500 For The Future” highlight “livability” in our community, aiming to attract and retain professionals to live and work in the Elkhart area, strengthening the strong base of community-minded leaders. UPDATE: Since January 2014 through March 2015, there have been 422 new professional households move into the Elkhart area.

Leadership Academy nears its culmination
There are 24 men and women from 19 different businesses throughout the Greater Elkhart Chamber who are enrolled in this year’s Leadership Academy.

Reach for Growth!
The future for Reach360 is a bright one because of our valued clients and we are excited to continue to be a partner and team member dedicated to our client’s success and growth!

May's President's Report
When other communities look at Elkhart County and wonder why our economy, and our Chamber, is so vibrant we can proudly reveal that we are special because we have businesses who care, organizations who care, and people who care.

Smart Moves - Managers & Leaders
Leadership and the ability to manage are not positions. One is not ranked higher than another. Both aptitudes are needed to be effective for growth in any organization. We asked several business owners, community organization leaders, educators and top-level managers to share their thoughts on the qualities a person should have in order to be a good leader or manager - and what they thought has helped them improve their leadership skills. Here are the answers from two.

Third House Meeting Opportunities
On March 6 at noon at the Elkhart Public Library, on March 21 at 10 a.m. at the Elkhart Chamber, and then again on April 18 at 10 a.m. at the Chamber, area business owners, residents, and others can meet the state lawmakers that represent our region.

Chamber President's Letter for March 2015
Elkhart has faced some interesting times. We have strong industries with strong leaders that provide jobs for direct employees and jobs for suppliers. We have other strong industries that are not related to the RV and boat industries that prove the vibrancy of our economic climate. We are fortunate to have all these industries in our community. But it takes vigilance to preserve the economic climate for these businesses – your business – to thrive.

Protect your workforce, protect your business
President's Report for February 2015 issue of LEADING BUSINESS

Robert Thatcher - ‘Engage in the economic discussion’
The Economic Development Council is populated by a very broad base of professionals representing many industries.

Hottest tickets in town!
On February 19 the Chamber will hold its 2015 Annual Meeting luncheon featuring guest speaker Andrew Berlin.

Improving our workforce: Health & Education
Health screenings & prevention with exercise, continued education and training can make a very desirable employer.

Free Professional Development for Members
Business leaders and authors such as Tony Hsieh, Malcolm Gladwell, Seth Godin, Pat Lencioni and others teach industry leading strategies for top business needs in these pre-recorded presentations.

Operational Excellence Showcase II coming soon!
The event will be held Thursday, March 5, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Matterhorn Conference Center, 2041 Cassopolis Street in Elkhart. The cost is $50 per person and the registration deadline is March 2nd.

My Council: OSHA
The OSHA Council is an organization of member companies with an interest in safety and health awareness in the workplace. Representatives meet for breakfast monthly to update themselves on regulatory changes and hear from fellow safety professionals from other companies.

This year’s Legislative Priorities
The Northern Indiana Coalition of Chambers works together on issues of importance to the Northern Indiana Region. The Six-County coalition has identified these four Regional priorities for the 2015 Legislative session:

He found his path in the City with a Heart
Chris Pottratz is an associate at the Elkhart law firm Warrick & Boyn, LLP. Chris says he is looking forward to Elkhart’s Jazz Fest, playing pick-up games of basketball and making Elkhart home.

On the Shoulders of Giants
Just a few years after Carl Greenleaf and other investors took control of the retired C.G. Conn’s musical instrument company, Greenleaf became the first president of the Elkhart Chamber of Commerce in 1919. Today, the tradition continues.

Great Customer Service
If you experience caring, competent and convenient service from a company, don’t you feel pretty good? Here is a list of observations, techniques and tactics that can move you in the right direction.

My New Hometown
The Chamber’s 500 Families Initiative and “500 For The Future” highlight our community, aiming to attract and retain professionals to live and work in the Elkhart area, strengthening the strong base of community-minded leaders here - for the next generation.

Where do you keep your money?
There are several types of institutions that offer services for businesses. But which one do you use? Where should you keep your money? The main difference between providers, they say, is customer service.

My Council: YP
I attended a Young Professionals lunch and instantly wanted to get more involved. The following month I attended the council meeting and was soon part of the executive council. I am now the Co-Chair of the YP’s along with Stacey Anderson of CAPS.

Finding some gems: Shop local, win local
Local commerce fuels the local community. That is part of the reason I will be encouraging people to participate in Small Business Saturday, which I sometimes call Shop Local Saturday.

End of Year Checklist for Businesses
Reaching the end of the calendar year awakens one’s need to organize, review goals and performance and tune in to year-to-date expenses as well as budget for 2015.

Making Elkhart HOME
Stacey and Phil Anderson are examples of the Chamber’s 500 Families vision: helping all organizations make the Greater Elkhart region attractive to long-time residents as well as new families.

JA Volunteers make time COUNT
Junior Achievement of Elkhart County is looking for adults who will help kids learn about the “real world” of economics.

Local retail forecast appears to Shine
While area retailers are “cautiously optimistic” about 2014’s fourth quarter, they are thinking positively - that it is going to “shine.”

Business and Education Winner - November 2014
Ancon Construction has received the Education Council’s quarterly award for its contribution to several local schools, including Elkhart, Concord and Goshen.

November 2014 Member News
November 2014 Member News

Ambassador of the Month
Ambassadors are a group of professional representatives, employed by Chamber Member Investors that serve as the public relations arm of the Chamber, reaching out to businesses as an extension of the Greater Elkhart Chamber.

Transportation Breakfast to Celebrate new US 31
The event will be at 8 am at the Matterhorn Conference Center, 2041 Cassopolis St. The cost is $15 for members and $25 for prospective members. Registrations can be made online at

Tomorrow’s leaders working today
The Elkhart Leadership Academy provides a venue for an in-depth understanding of community issues.

YEA! Program graduates succeeding
YEA! Program graduates succeeding - three examples.

SAFETY FIRST - the Chamber’s OSHA Council can help save you money
OSHA Council offers valuable employee training, networking for best practices and valuable contacts.

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