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  • Links 4 Leaders winners

    by User Not Found | Jun 12, 2013

    Thanks to all those to took part in our Links 4 Leaders golf event on Monday! Here are the results of the golf scramble:

    First place with 62: Don Schenkel, Adam Turney, Phil Vaughan, and Aaron Rothgeb.

    Second place with 63: Dent Johnson, Michael Hayes, Tony Mitson, and Pone Vongphachanh.

    Third place: Mike Christman, Trey Blanks, Kelly Kessens, and Julie Light-Rogers.

    Closest to the pin on Hole 6: Rich Robinson

    Closest to the pin on Hole 13: Dent Johnson

    Longest putt on Hole 8: Mike Marhenke

    Best student of the golf school: Brian Cote

    Favorite Hole Sponsor: French Lick Resort


  • Ivy Tech Corporate College wins Telly Award

    by User Not Found | Jun 12, 2013

    Chamber member CVC Communications helped three clients win the prestigious Telly Award in this year’s international competition. This elite award was earned for:  

    • The Ivy Tech Corporate College Environmental Health and Safety Online Training Series
    • Armstrong University Online Employee Training for client Armstrong International
    • The Online Dealer Training series for client Elkhart Brass.       

    The 34th Annual Telly Awards attracted nearly 11,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries. A judging panel of more than 500 accomplished industry professionals honor the very best in broadcast, non-broadcast and web programming. 

    CVC Communications is a strategic training and communications firm dedicated to Business Storytelling. Since its founding in 1981, CVC has pioneered electronic communication and online training. 


  • New terminal building at Smith Field Airport improves customer experience

    by User Not Found | Jun 12, 2013

    The Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority is pleased to announce the grand opening of a new terminal building at Smith Field Airport (SMD), which features significant enhancements aimed at improving the customer experience at the general aviation airport. The new terminal is located at 902 W. Ludwig Road. A ribbon-cutting and open house will be held at the facility on June 17 at about 3:30 p.m., following the Airport Authority Board Meeting.

    The new terminal features a convenient customer service counter just inside the airfield entrance, a multipurpose room for meetings and trainings seminars, new office space, and 24-hour restrooms. Outside amenities include a patio area with front row seats to the airfield and a new aircraft fueling area. The fueling area is equipped with new pumps and digital LED displays, making the equipment easier to use for pilots and other airport customers. The fuel tanks are also now above ground, making it easier for staff to perform inspections and maintenance.

    “The old terminal building was 35 years old and lacked the space needed to sufficiently serve our customers and business partners,” said Scott Hinderman, Executive Director of Airports for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority. “Now, we have plenty of space for our staff and pilots, and also room to grow, which is exactly what we see general aviation doing in Fort Wayne.”

    The terminal gives Sweet Aviation, SMD’s flight instruction and aircraft rental operator, significant hangar and office space for ground school classes and aircraft maintenance services. For more information about Sweet Aviation, visit or call 260-267-5505.

    The new terminal is the former Ivy Tech Community College building, which was home to the college’s Airframe and Powerplant Certification Program. The A&P program quickly outgrew the facility and is now housed on Cook Road at SMD. Classes began there last fall.  

    Visit the SMD website at for pilot information, additional services and amenities, information on airport groups, ground transportation, and more.


  • Pence urges vets to register businesses with state

    by Jami Thomas | Jun 11, 2013
    Pence urges vets to register businesses with state

    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Posted: Monday, June 10, 2013 9:50 am


    (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence wants the state of Indiana to do more business with military veterans.

    Pence said that beginning July 1, the state will implement a goal to contract 3 percent of its work with veteran-owned small businesses. He's encouraging veterans now to register their companies with the state.

    A new state law requires the Indiana Department of Administration to procure at least 3 percent of state contracts with veteran-owned small businesses.

    Pence said veteran-owned businesses that are not registered with agency should go to to become registered vendors.


  • Learn about SBA Certification Programs, Federal Government Contracting at seminar

    by User Not Found | Jun 06, 2013

    A representative from the Indiana District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be in Fort Wayne on Tuesday, June 25, to offer a free seminar on SBA Certification Programs and Federal Government Contracting.  The seminar will meet from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the classroom of the Northeast ISBDC, located in the IPFW Hobson Center, 4312 Hobson Road, in Fort Wayne, with registration starting at 12:30 p.m.

    A representative from Partners in Contracting Corporation (PICC), the Indiana statewide Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), will also be speaking at this seminar.

    This seminar is designed to help business owners expand their sales through federal government contracting. Vernice Mathis, business opportunity specialist for the SBA’s Indiana District Office, will lead seminar discussions on the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program Certification and the Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) Program, as well as on Federal Government Contracting.  F. G. “Gil” Perry, counselor-trainer for the PICC PTAC in Northeast Indiana, will also be involved in leading the seminar.

    Small business owners interested in attending this free seminar should register to attend soon, as seating is limited.  Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis; e-mail or call 317-226-7272, Ext. 115, to reserve your seat.

    PICC is a not-for-profit Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) serving Indiana companies since 1984.  The organization has an office located at the Northeast ISBDC that is led by PICC counselor-trainer Gil Perry, who can be reached at 260-481-0491 or  The Northeast ISBDC is one of nine regional centers of the ISBDC network.  For more information, visit or call 260-481-0500.


  • Free webinar on what the Affordable Care Act means to you

    by User Not Found | Jun 06, 2013

    The Affordable Care Act is not just a “health care” law. The ACA raises financial, reporting, compliance and tax issues for U.S. employers. The major ACA provisions become effective in 2014. You need to understand how the ACA’s requirements affect your business and your choices for compliance.  

    Chamber members Spherion Staffing Services and Ernst & Young have teamed up 
    to help educate companies on the stipulations of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including critical timelines, employer classifications and requirements, and compliance measures that must be taken to avoid substantial tax liabilities.

    As a locally owned staffing company, Spherion is committed to helping clients navigate critical issues impacting their workforce, and the ACA’s impact is no less than monumental. For this reason, Spherion and Ernst & Young will be presenting a 60-minute webinar about the ACA and its implications for your business.

    Date:  Tuesday, June 11

    Time:  3 –  4 p.m. EST  

    Click here to begin: Register

    ACA Expert Presenters:

    Helen H. Morrison is a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s National Tax Department. Prior to joining Ernst & Young LLP, Helen served from 2007 to 2012 as the Deputy Benefits Tax Counsel in the Office of Benefits Tax Counsel for the US Department of the Treasury. She played a lead role in the Administration’s tax-related initiatives on health care reform and the Treasury Department’s implementation of these provisions enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act. 

    Christa Haas Bierma is also a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s National Tax Department.  She has over 10 years of experience in employee benefit issues. Prior to joining Ernst & Young LLP, Christa was engaged in private law practice in Washington, DC.


  • Dress for Success opens with ribbon cutting

    by User Not Found | May 31, 2013

    Dress for Success Fort Wayne ribbon cutting

    The Women's Bureau, a Chamber member and nonprofit organization that has been operating for 38 years, celebrated its Dress for Success program with a ribbon cutting and open house on Friday, May 31, at the location of the boutique at 2323 Fairfield Ave.

    Dress for Success is the newest program that embraces the mission of the Women's Bureau to advance women through advocacy, education and economic empowerment. Dress for Success Fort Wayne is a new affiliate of the international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Dress for Success Fort Wayne is the only Dress for Success affiliate in northeast Indiana. 

    Attendees included Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, City Councilman Geoff Paddock, and these Women's Bureau representatives:

    • MaryClare Akers, Acting Co-CEO of the Women's Bureau, Bureau Liaison for Dress for Success and Director of REACT Program
    • Earlene Cunegin, Acting Co-CEO of the Women's Bureau and Director of Finance and Human Resources
    • Amanda Fall, Director of Operations and Director of Transitions at the Women's Bureau

    For more information, check out the Dress for Success Fort Wayne web site at


  • Pathfinder Community Connections celebrates expansion of programs

    by User Not Found | May 31, 2013

    Pathfinder Community Connections ribbon cutting

    Pathfinder Community Connections held two events on Friday, May 31, to open their NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Centers in Huntington and Fort Wayne. These events showcased the expansion of Pathfinder Community Connections programs.

    The Huntington event took place at the Pathfinder Community Connections office located at 2824 Theater Avenue.  Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters proclaimed May 31 as Pathfinder Community Connections NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center Day and encouraged all residents to join him in supporting efforts to help fellow citizens create a more stable and healthy community through increased home ownership.

    Steve Kimmel, President of the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce conducted a ribbon cutting along with a brief presentation from Dan Leonard from the Indiana House of Representatives, and Jim Banks from the Indiana State Senate.  Milt Sharp, NeighborWorks America Senior Home Ownership Specialist also spoke at the event along with Pathfinder Services President John Niederman. All speakers discussed “Home Matters to me because…..” to emphasize the positive impact home ownership has on them or their community.

    The Fort Wayne event took place at The Summit located near the Pathfinder Community Connections Fort Wayne office which is located at 1005 West Rudisill Street, Suite 301. At the event Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry proclaimed May 31 as Pathfinder Community Connections NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center Day, and a ribbon cutting took place conducted by Eve Colchin from the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce.

    Paul Lagemann, Northeast Indiana Regional Director for Senator Dan Coats read a congratulatory letter from Senator Coats at the event. Those in attendance viewed a video from Senator Joe Donnelly recognizing the organization for all they do to promote affordable home ownership in Indiana.  Attendees received a wooden pen made in Pathfinder Services’ Outsource Manufacturing in Huntington. John Niederman, the President of Pathfinder Services, spoke along with Pastor Valui, Fort Wayne Baptist Church; John Santner, Regional Director of NeighborWorks America’s Midwest Region; and Milt Sharp from NeighborWorks America.  All speakers also began their presentation citing “Home Matters to me because…” 

    At the end of the event Mary Bell, Wells Fargo Community Bank President, presented a check for $25,000 from the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation to Pathfinder Community Connections NeighborWorks

    HomeOwnership Center to be used for Pre-Homebuyer Education and Counseling in Fort Wayne.

    Jan Baumgartner, Pathfinder Community Connections Director stated, “We are thrilled to be certified as a NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center. This designation means citizens will benefit from our increased focus on home ownership and the positive changes it can bring to a neighborhood.  Another benefit is increased training and technical assistance available from NeighborWorks America which are staff can use to support home buyers throughout Northeast Indiana.”

    This event kicked off the organization’s celebration of National NeighborWorks week.  Additionally, Pathfinder Community Connections will be participating in a Neighborhood Block Party for the Huntington Drover Town Project. This project is focused on revitalizing a neighborhood within the City of Huntington. The Block party is taking place on Sunday, June 2, from 2 until 6 p.m. in the St. Peter’s First Community Church parking lot on the corner of Etna Avenue and Herman Street in Huntington.



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