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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, August 19, 2019

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Briefly Speaking

Levon Johnson

By Kathy Cardwell
VP Administration

Thank a Teacher!

Communities are comprised of many unsung heroes. These individuals work tirelessly to impact the lives of our youth, often bring their work home, very seldom clock out for breaks, are under appreciated, under paid, but yet are the most impactful – our educators!

A community would not be complete without our teachers. They dedicate their lives to educating our youth, working tirelessly every day to teach, train, coach and mentor our future workforce.

It is with great pleasure and humble gratitude that we thank these unsung heroes who are hidden among us for positively enriching the lives of our youth.

Recently, the Elkhart Chamber members showed their appreciation to educators through our “New Educator Welcome” program, organized by the Education/Career Development Council. Our members sponsored and donated computer bags filled to the brim with donated items to 150 new educators in our local community schools. We thank our sponsors for their support!

To end with a great quote by Henry Adams, “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”

Have an amazing week and thank a teacher!



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Lake City Bank

New Chamber Members

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

Costco Wholesale
Costco is a membership warehouse club, dedicated to bringing members the best possible prices on quality brand-name merchandise. With hundreds of locations worldwide, Costco provides a wide selection of merchandise, plus the convenience of specialty departments and exclusive member services, all designed to make your shopping experience a pleasurable one. Located at 625 E University Drive, Granger.

Iceberg Enterprises
Located in Sturgis, Michigan, Iceberg Enterprises is a contract blow mold facility offering custom blow molding services in a variety of industries including, Safety, RV, Automotive, Recreation, Furniture, Industrial, and Lawn and Garden.



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Barnes and Thornburg

Upcoming Chamber Events

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

Aug 19, Member Celebration - Heart City Health Dental Center, Ribbon Cutting 3 pm; Open House 2-6 pm, Heart City Health Dental Center, 2100 Superior St, Elkhart

Aug 20, Member Celebration - Senior1Care, 4 pm, Raymond James Building, 230 N Main St, Elkhart

Aug 20, Biz-Ness After Hours hosted by Senior1Care, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, Our Place on Main, 126 S Main St, Elkhart

Aug 22, Member Celebration - E3 Robotics Center Ribbon Cutting, Birthday Party & Open House, E3Robotics Center, 3709 Cassopolis St, Elkhart

Aug 26, Member Celebration - Four Points by Sheraton Ribbon Cutting, 12:15 pm, 3254 Cassopolis St, Elkhart

Aug 29, Business Growth Series - Networking 101: Connecting, Pitching, Follow-up, 5:30 - 7 pm, Greater Elkhart Chamber

Sept 5, Member Celebration - Four Points by Sheraton Grand Opening, 3 - 7 pm, 3254 Cassopolis St, Elkhart

Sept 11, Talent: Find-Attract-Retain It!, 9-11 am, Greater Elkhart Chamber

Sept 16, Clean Your Files Day 2019, 10 am - 1 pm, Elkhart Civic Plaza

Sept 18, OSHA Council Breakfast - Drug Testing and New Marijuana Laws, 7:30 - 9 am, Matterhorn Conference Center, 2041 Cassopolis St, Elkhart

Sept 19, Domestic Violence Awareness - Women's Council Luncheon, HIlton Garden Inn, 3401 Plaza Ct, Elkhart

Sept 19, Celebrating Minority Business Excellence, Concord Event Center, 3719 S Main St, Elkhart

Sept 26, Elkhart Mayoral Candidate Forum - hosted by the YP Council, 11:30 am - 1 pm, Elkhart Health & Aquatics, 200 E Jackson Blvd, Elkhart

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RSM - Your Goals Become Ours

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.

Aug 20, Southgate Crossing Cruise In
Aug 22, Wellfield Botanic Gardens Groovin' in the Gardens presents Whistle Pigs
Aug 22, Midwest Museum of American Art Noon Time Talk: Project 40 on 40
Aug 22, Southgate Crossing Quentin Flagg's 50's/60's & More Rock 'n' Roll Show!
Aug 23, Potawatomi Zoo Roars and Pours Family Night
Aug 23, United Way of Elkhart County The Great Cardboard Boat Race
Aug 24, Ruthmere Museum Campus Coffee on the Piazza - Aug 24th - Music by: Johnny & I
Aug 24, Elkhart Education Foundation Elkhart Education Foundation's Kick Off Classic presented by Centier Bank
Aug 24, Elkhart Education Foundation Rally In the Alley
Aug 25, Wellfield Botanic Gardens Taste of the Gardens
Aug 28, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary Intercultural Competence: Beyond the Basics. A One-day Workshop for Business and Community Leaders in Elkhart County.
Aug 29, Midwest Museum of American Art Noon Time Talk: Helen Frankenthaler
Aug 31, Ruthmere Museum Campus Coffee on the Piazza - Aug 31st - Music by: John Bahler

More member events

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Business Expo October 1!

Reserve your booth today for Elkhart's premier Business to Business networking event! Tuesday, October 1 from 3 - 6 pm at Center Six One Five.


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Clean Your Files Day - September 16

Monday, September 16 at Elkhart Civic Plaza  10 am – 1 pm
Integra Certified Document Destruction, LLC will have a document shredding truck on hand to recycle and destroy your files free* on Clean Your Files Day! *The first 5 boxes are free and each box thereafter is $3. No registration required – just come to the Civic Plaza between 10 am and 1 pm on Monday, September 16.

Sponsored by City of Elkhart, Integra Certified Document Destruction, LLC and the Greater Elkhart Chamber. For more information please call Greater Elkhart Chamber:  293-1531 or Integra:  295-4611 x 552

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Work safer, smarter, together

Employers Drug and Alcohol Policies

Are Recent Developments Causing Your Drug Policies to Go Up in Smoke?
Michigan and Illinois recently legalized the recreational use of marijuana.  Ten states have legalized or decriminalized recreational marijuana use, and more than half of the 50 states permit some form of medical marijuana use, while others have or are contemplating CBD-product laws. This patchwork of laws, coupled with federal law that still criminalizes marijuana, leaves many employers wondering what they can prohibit and test for in the workplace. For example, if an employee engages in legal drug use off-the-clock, can the employer with a zero-tolerance policy still discipline or terminate the employee who fails a drug test? What are an employer’s rights and obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act when disciplining employees for behavior stemming from their addictions? Do employers have an obligation to allow employees time off to attend drug addiction counseling?
The enactment of marijuana laws is only one of the many recent developments impacting employers drug and alcohol policies.  For example, the opioid crisis, low unemployment, recent OSHA rules, and the EEOC’s targeting of common policy provisions, all, impact employers’ drug and alcohol policies.  During this program Barnes & Thornburg attorneys Janilyn Daub and Mike Palmer, will explain:
·         How state laws legalizing recreational or medical marijuana impact your policies and practices
·         How these other recent developments impact your policies and practices
·         Practical advice for policies and practices to address these issues

Join us at the OSHA Council Breakfast on September 18 at 7:30 am. Registration is open to all Greater Elkhart Chamber members. Pre-registration and payment is required.

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