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  • Join Indiana business leaders in Washington at D.C. Fly-in

    by User Not Found | Aug 28, 2013

    D.C. Fly-in 2013 Fort Wayne Chamber

    Bring the "Voice of Business" to Indiana's congressional delegation in Washington.

    Don't miss this opportunity to attend this important D.C. Fly-in! Businesses can make an impact on legislation and regulation. But first we must be heard. A strong attendance is needed to show a united business voice from Indiana.

    Join us in September for this two-day event:

    Wednesday, Sept. 18

    • 3:30-4:30 p.m.: DC Fly-in Briefing Meeting
    • 6-8:30 p.m.: Panel discussion and dinner with the Indiana Congresssional Delegation facilitated by Gerry Dick of Indiana INdiana Business.

    Thursday, Sept. 19

    • 8-9:15 a.m.: Breakfast featuring Dave Zook and Mary Bono, FaegreBD Consulting
    • Senate and House office visits (TBD)

    You are responsible for making your own air transportation arrangements.

    For more information, contact Melissa Beber at mbeber@fwchamber.org or (260) 424-1435.

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  • Statewide Small Business Town Halls come to Fort Wayne on Aug. 22

    by User Not Found | Aug 12, 2013

    A bipartisan group of Indiana lawmakers formed to address the needs of small businesses will conduct a series of town halls across the state in August and September to give them a chance to meet with business owners and discuss what government can do to help their operations grow.

    The Fort Wayne town hall is slated for noon August 22 at the Georgetown Branch of the Allen County Public Library.

    The Indiana General Assembly’s Small Business Caucus was formed earlier this year by legislators interested in ways to improve the climate for the types of businesses that represent more than 97 percent of all employers in the state, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). A small business is defined as one with fewer than 500 employees.

    Co-chairs of the caucus are State Reps. Terri J. Austin (D-Anderson) and Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte) and State Sens. Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) and Carlin Yoder (R-Middlebury). Initial meetings of the group have drawn support from senators and representatives on both sides of the aisle.

    "Establishing a small business caucus has been long overdue and vitally important," Austin said. "It sends a message that we understand their needs are different from those traditionally associated with economic development in our state, and that a fresh approach is required. One of the ways we can help is by sitting down with small business owners across Indiana and work to see what we can do to build a better environment for them to grow and thrive."

    According to the most recent SBA figures, small businesses employed 1.2 million Hoosiers, with the most employment coming from firms with 20 to 499 employees.

    Yoder added, "We know small businesses are vital to Indiana’s economy and provide the most jobs to working Hoosiers. In the Legislature, we continue to create and support initiatives that ensure Indiana remains a leader in job creation, economic development, and low business regulations. I look forward to listening and speaking with small business owners so they can help guide us in pro-small business legislation."

    As of 2010, the SBA reports there are more than 488,000 small businesses in the state of Indiana.

    Dermody noted, "Small businesses truly drive the Hoosier economy, and to ensure that momentum continues, it is important to seek innovative solutions to address any issues facing these vital businesses. By creating the Small Business Caucus, local lawmakers will be able to partner with small business owners and work together to come up with positive solutions to address their concerns. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and we must work together to strengthen Indiana."

    The town meetings in August and September are designed to look back on what has been accomplished in economic development for small businesses in recent years, and consider the changes that are coming in the near future. Discussions will focus on the role government can play in helping small businesses run easier, with an emphasis on such areas as regulatory reform and education of the workforce.

    "Small businesses are the brick and mortar of our communities," said Lanane. "I look forward to joining my colleagues and working with our small business leaders to engage in an open discussion on how we can make our economic development policies stronger and beneficial to businesses of all sizes."


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  • This week at City Council: Aug. 12

    by User Not Found | Aug 12, 2013

    Fort Wayne city sealCity Council will be in both Committee and Regular session this week. The members will be discussing several contracts for services and economic revitalization area ordinances.  

    Up for introduction are contracts pertaining to ash tree removal, the purchase of fuel, the conversion of Ewing and Fairfield corridors from a one-way to a two-way street, and a resolution establishing a Downtown Dining District.

    During Committee Session, Council members will be discussing a non-binding resolution stating that City Council urges the City and Parks Board not to move the statute of General Anthony Wayne from Freimann Square to the Courthouse Green. This resolution is also up for final passage.

    The Chamber's Government Affairs staff is here to help our members stay up to date with local, state, and federal government. The Chamber is advocating for the business community with Katy Stafford-Cunningham on the ground everyday at the Statehouse and Melissa Beber covering local government issues.

    Follow us on Twitter @FWGovConnect to get the most recent news.

    You can catch this evening’s Fort Wayne City Council meeting in several ways:

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  • Greater Fort Wayne Inc. awards Long, Carbaugh with Legislator of the Year honors

    by User Not Found | May 08, 2013

    David Long and Martin Carbaugh receive awards from Greater Fort Wayne Inc.

    The Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, now part of Greater Fort Wayne Inc., honored two Northeast Indiana legislators with an annual award introduced this year.

    The Greater Fort Wayne Inc. Legislator of the Year award is given to a state legislator from Northeast Indiana that has shown his or her commitment to Fort Wayne, Allen County and business in general. In addition, given the unique situation of having four new House of Representative members in the Northeast Indiana Delegation, GFW Inc. believes it was important to highlight their efforts for the community and businesses.

    The awards are as follows:

    • 2013 Legislator of the Year Award: Senator David Long, Fort Wayne 
    • 2013 New Legislator of the Year Award: Representative Martin Carbaugh, Fort Wayne

    The awards were presented by Mike Landram, President and CEO of The Chamber, at the 2013 Legislative Wrap-Up breakfast on May 8, 2013.

    "These two elected officials have gone above and beyond on behalf of our Members and we felt it was very important to acknowledge their commitment to our legislative principles," Landram said following the award presentation.

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  • THURSDAY: Healthcare Issue Forum: What Employers Need to Know

    by User Not Found | Mar 25, 2013

    What are the changes? What are the penalties?
    Find out what you must know at this essential forum 

    The Affordable Care Act was passed, the Supreme Court made its ruling, and the election sealed the fate of the healthcare reform law. Now, employers need to prepare for the requirements and responsibilities that will soon take effect.

    Join us Thursday, March 28, from 8-10 a.m. at the Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce for this informative and practical Healthcare Issue Forum, covering issues employers will face regarding the Affordable Care Act including:

    • The potential changes to employers who already offer health coverage
    • The penalties for employers who do not offer health coverage
    • How the state health insurance exchange will operate

    Take this opportunity to learn what your business will need to do to be prepared for the changes required by the Affordable Care Act. 

    The industry experts speaking at the forum are:

    • Logan Harrison: Chief Deputy Commissioner for Health, Legislative and Public Affairs for the State of Indiana
    • Doug Powers: Beckman Lawson, LLP
    • Deb Overcash: COO of Fort Wayne Radiology
    • Leigh Smith: Senior Vice President at Hylant
    • Jon Albright: Compliance Officer for Physicians Health Plan
    • Joel Sauer: Sauer Consulting

    Cost for the event is $10 for members and $20 for non-members and includes a continental breakfast and materials. Register today!

    Sponsorship opportunities are still available; please contact Melissa Beber for more information.

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