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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.

Monday, April 22, 2019

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Briefly Speaking

Levon Johnson


By Levon Johnson
Chamber President/CEO

Time to Get Out

A few weeks ago I noticed a few of my neighbors making a very big commitment. Being from Indiana, it seemed a little odd and premature that such a commitment would be made so early in the year, but they were all in and fully committed to the task. I appreciated their optimism and followed suit by putting my snow shovels and blowers away as well. It snowed two days later.

Fast forward to this past weekend and the sounds of winter were replaced by the humming of lawn mowers and weed eaters. Kids were out on bikes, families were in the parks, and dogs were being walked. Those activities were reminders that it was time to get out and enjoy the many outdoor activities that come alive once our weather breaks.

The economy in our area is still strong, and every one of you is working hard to keep it that way. The biggest personal challenge that most of us battle is maintaining balance. This is just a reminder from your friends at the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce to remember to take some time to get out and enjoy our communities. You have earned it.

Have a positive and productive week.

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Affordable Assisted Living coming to Elkhart

Upcoming Chamber Events

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

April 24, Member Celebration - DeliaMar Mega Shop Grand Opening, 1:30 pm, 2016 W Franklin St, Elkhart

Apr 25, Safety Conscious Supervision, 8 am - 1 pm, Greater Elkhart Chamber, 418 S Main St, Elkhart

Apr 25, YP Cheers - Chubby Trout Brew Barn & Eatery, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, 3421 Plaza Ct, Elkhart

Apr 30, Business Growth Series - Developing Your Business, 5:30 - 7 pm, LEX 530 Metropolitan Event Center, 530 E Lexington Ave, Elkhart

May 8, Leadership Academy Graduation 2019, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, Crystal Ballroom at the Lerner, 410 S Main St, Elkhart

May 15, OSHA Council Breakfast - Annual IOSHA Update, 7:30 am, Matterhorn Conference Center, 2041 Cassopolis St, Elkhart

May 16, Social Media in the Workplace - A Women's Council Luncheon, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, Indiana University South Bend - Elkhart Center, 125 E Franklin St

May 21, Biz-Ness After Hours hosted by Goodwill Industries, 4 - 6 pm, Elkhart Industrial Services, 2001 W. Franklin St, Elkhart

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1st Source Bank Now Hiring

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.

April 22, Score Chapter of Greater Elkhart County Your Businesses Silent Partners #2 - Your Lawyer
April 23, REAL Services Age of Excellence Awards
April 24, Hellenic Senior Living Elkhart Senior Living Presentation
April 24, Elkhart County Historical Museum Stories of Elkhart County: Museum Annex After Hours Tour
April 24, Greencroft Communities The Joy of Doing Family History at the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center
April 25, Goodwill Industries of Michiana Little Black Dress Fashion Show & Boutique
April 25, Midwest Museum of American Art Noon Time Film: Los Angeles to New York
April 26, Potawatomi Zoo Roars and Pours Family Night
April 27, Elkhart Environmental Center Earth Day
April 27, Ryan’s Place 1st Annual Family Celebration
April 27, CAPS Superhero 5K
April 28, Ruthmere Museum Mother and Me Tea -In Her Shoes
April 29, Greencroft Communities Follow the Lamb, not the Beast: The Book of Revelation Then and Now
May 2, Midwest Museum of American Art Noon Time Talk: Brian Byrn, Director & Curator for MMAA
May 3, Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County Habitat for Humanity Women Build
May 4, 2019 Girls on the Run Michiana 5K PREP Party! - Volunteers Needed!
May 4, The Stanley Clark School Document Shredding Event

More member events

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Horizon Bank

New Chamber Members

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

Westwind Brewery Co.
A small batch family run craft brewery, located at 911 Plum St, Elkhart.
Riverside Terrace
Riverside Terrace Banquet and Event Center is located at 426 Lincolnway East, on the banks of the Saint Joseph River, in the heart of Mishawaka. Call 574-256-2271


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Barnes and Thornburg

New Street Map and Resource Guide

The Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be working with the cartographic and marketing firm of Target Marketing to publish a new, up-to-date, full-color Street Map and Resource Guide. This publication will be the only official map endorsed and distributed by the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce. Don’t miss out on the unique member opportunity to reach potential buyers, new residents and new partners.  Space is limited, and sponsorships are reasonable, especially considering more than 10,000 maps will be printed and available for the next 18-24 months as well as an on-line counterpart linked from the chamber’s web site.   
Target Marketing may be reached at (800) 933-3909 or by emailing

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Lake City Bank

Bike to Work Week

This year, Michiana Bike to Work Week will be May 12 - 18.Get on your bike (or other non-automobile transportation) and ride to work! Lots of activities are being planned for this week-long event. More information available here.

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