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E-newsletter is a weekly publication of the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce. This publication contains the Chamber President's Briefly Speaking article, our newest Chamber members, Chamber events and member events. Previous Briefly Speaking articles are available here

Monday, January 27, 2020

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Briefly Speaking

By Levon Johnson

Are We Ready?             

At the end of last week I had the opportunity to travel to Racine, Wisconsin, with a team of Elkhart County representatives from Ivy Tech, Elkhart Area Career Center, Lippert Components, and the Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County. The purpose of this trip was to look at the training facility at Gateway Technical College. The work being done at the facility is squarely focused on Industry 4.0.

We are all aware that manufacturing and industry practices are going to change; they always do. The two questions that came to mind as we interacted with the facility and the staff were, “Are we ready to adapt quickly to the quickly changing practices in industry?” and “How invested are we, regionally, in leading the way in Industry 4.0?”

Three things became very clear as we engaged with the team from Gateway Technical College:

  1. Moving into the modern age of manufacturing will only work when business and education are clearly communicating on the needs and training necessary to meet the demands of an ever-changing manufacturing model.
  2. To make sure that the most up-to-date training tools are in place, there has to be collaborative and multi-tiered investment in all levels of education and training options.
  3. Elkhart County possesses all of the necessary elements to not only be ready but to lead the way in the ongoing, future thinking industrial revolution.

Have a positive and productive week.

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Lake City Bank

Upcoming Chamber Events

For more information about these and other events, visit our website.

Jan 29, Member Celebration- Heart City Health New Women’s Health Center 2 pm, 1545 Cassopolis St, Elkhart

Feb 4-5, OSHA 10 Hour General Industry Safety & Health Program 02/2020, Matterhorn Conference Center, 2041 Cassopolis St, Elkhart

Feb 5, Career Day 2020 - Pierre Moran Middle School

Feb 11, Career Day 2020 - Elkhart Christian Academy

Feb 11,Chamber Day at the Statehouse 2020, Indianapolis

Feb 13, Member Celebration - Indiana Tech New Location, 11:30 am, 881 Parkway Ave, Ste 100, Elkhart

Feb 14, Third House Meeting, 12-1:30 pm, Greater Elkhart Chamber, 418 S Main St, Elkhart

Feb 19, OSHA Council Breakfast - Latest in Safety Technology, 7:30 am, Matterhorn Conference Center, 2041 Cassopolis St, Elkhart

Feb 25, Business After Hours hosted by E3 Robotics Center, 5-7 pm, 3709 Cassopolis St, Elkhart

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Barnes and Thornburg

Accepting Nominations for 2019 Woman of the Year

The Women's Council of the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2019 Woman of the Year. The purpose is to recognize a woman who has distinguished herself in her organization, profession, and community. The recipient epitomizes The Greater Elkhart Chamber’s values and represents the best of who we are as women and leaders. Recognition of the 2019 Woman of the Year will be at the Greater Elkhart Chamber Annual Meeting on March 6. Nominations must be submitted by midnight on January 31, 2020. For more information, contact Kathy Cardwell.

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RSM - Your Goals Become Ours

New Chamber Members

Welcome to the Chamber! See a complete list of our membership in our online Business Directory.

The Arena
Located at 2401 Middlebury St, The Arena is a great venue for events or to go and have a great time with friends and family. A spacious venue with a variety of music and events, and a great atmosphere…The Arena is the place to be in Elkhart.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Elkhart North
Even the longest journeys are worth it when they bring people together. From traveling to see family or friends to catching up with work colleagues in person, share the moments that are most important to you. Located on Sunny Drive, in the Northpointe area, near the Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Midwest Sandbag, LLC
They sell and manufacture sandbags, both empty and filled, to municipalities, construction companies, barricade companies, fence companies, and flood victims. Located at 2727 Industrial Parkway, Elkhart.

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Work safer, smarter, together

Member Events

The Greater Elkhart Chamber invites member companies and organizations to submit events to our online calendar. The list below includes events within the next two weeks. More information for these events is available at our online calendar.
Jan 29, Greencroft Communities Leading Goshen College: Thoughts from President Stoltzfus
Jan 29, Wellfield Botanic Gardens Winter Wellness Walks
Jan 30, Midwest Museum of American Art Noon Time Talk: Jana Hanka
Feb  1, Elkhart County Historical Museum Exhibit Opening - Get Two for One!
Feb  5, Heart City Health Women's Health Office Grand Opening
Feb  5, Greencroft Communities Race: A (White) Construct
Feb  6, Midwest Museum of American Art Noon Time Film: Kehinde Wiley: Economy of Grace
Feb  8, SPA Women's Ministry Homes Dinner & Delicacies - Hallelujah Praise

More member events

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