Valpo Chamber News
Quarterly Luncheon

Join us on April 27, at the Aberdeen Manor, for the Valpo Chamber's Quarterly Membership Luncheon. At this event, we will host a panel discussion concerning the economic outlook for the City of Valparaiso.  

The panel will consist of Dr. E. Ric Frataccia, Superintendent of Valparaiso Community Schools; Patrick Lyp, Economic Development Director for the City of Valparaiso; Jim Mooney, Executive Director of the Valparaiso Redevelopment Commission; and Rex Richards, President of the Valpo Chamber and Valparaiso Economic Development Corporation.  

Topics that will be highlighted will include the $142M expansion to the school system's facilities, the Valpo dark fiber project, upcoming business projects within the City, and the marketing efforts to sell Valparaiso as a site for business expansion and relocation.  These four individuals will be discussing the initiatives and recent successes that are building the economic engine of the Valparaiso area.

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Wine Pairing Returns

The Valpo Chamber and Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa, are teaming up to give you a very special wine experience.  

On Monday, April 11, Chef Pat Higgins will prepare a scrumptious meal to be paired with delectable wine samples to accentuate and delight your palate. 

Seating is limited, so make your reservations now to treat your spouse, family, and friends to the sensory examination of the art of wine tasting! 

$60 per person
Monday, April 11
Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa
777 Blue Chip Dr, Michigan City
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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Focus Group Held at Valpo Chamber

In April, the Valpo Chamber will be hosting a series of focus groups to better understand the membership's needs. We are interested in feedback regarding the chamber's activities, publications, and general communications.  We are working hard to meet your needs but it is important to learn how you feel we are doing.

If you have never participated in a focus group, a focus group is a small-group discussion guided by a trained leader.  To learn more about thoughts, perceptions, and opinions on a designated topic. The information is to guide future actions.  We are interested in your honest impression - what works and what doesn't work.  Please be assured that your participation will remain confidential and the information you share will not be connected to you in any way, as we have hired an independent group, Organizational Development Solutions, Inc., to facilitate.  Focus group dates and times are as follows:

Focus Group 1 - April 18 - 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Focus Group 2 - April 20 - 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Focus Group 3 - April 25 - 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

All focus groups are scheduled for 90 minutes.  We ask that you please stay for the entire conversation.  All focus groups will take place in Council Chambers at Valparaiso City Hall
Although we hope you will join us, participation is voluntary. To compensate you for your time, all attendees will receive a $25.00 Valpo Chamber gift certificate.  In addition, refreshments will be served.  Seating is limited to the first 15 callers, so please call our focus group facilitator, Desila Rosetti, at (219) 395-9564 or email her at [email protected] to reserve your seat.  You will receive a confirmation notice confirming your attendance.    
Time 'Fore' Golf

Registration has begun for the Valpo Chamber's FunDay Golf Classic.

This year's event will be held at the Valparaiso Country Club on Monday, June 27.  With two flights, this is one of the largest golf outings in the region each year.

A.M. Flight at 7:00 a.m.
P.M. Flight at 12:30 p.m.

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Chamber Spotlight

During 2016, we will be highlighting two members each month in our newsletter. The first member each month will be chosen from a list of the longest standing members.  The second will be chosen at random from our over 780 members.

Marc t. Nielsen Interiors
Member since 1976
Since 1924, Marc T. Nielsen Interiors has been helping people create beautiful, comfortable environments fulfilling their needs and desires. Their professional design staff, rich with ideas, will listen to you and help you select structural and decorative materials, plan your space, and suggest inviting colors and furnishings with which to live. They have their own drapery, upholstery, custom furnishings, light fixtures, and picture-framing workshops, a vast library of fabrics, wall coverings and furniture as well as an intriguing collection of antiques and interesting furnishings in their Tudor Barn. 

Visit them at 734 Old Suman Rd, or online at

The Barbauld Agency
Member since 2014
Since 2009, The Barbauld Agency has dared to be different! They believe that being different is what makes a company unique. By being unique, they consistently challenge the status quo and "raise the bar" to a new level. They do this through research-based marketing, which determines the strategy that drives the creative process. They develop, look for and use innovative ways to help their clients "stand out from the crowd". 

For more information, visit or stop by their office at 158 S Napoleon St.

Advertise With Us

"Valpo Means Business" is the theme of this year's Membership Directory & Community Resource Guide.

This popular publication distributes by mail to 4,000 local businesses and another 1,000 are distributed throughout the year in our New Member Packets, Newcomer Packets, and to walk-in visitors at the Chamber.

With 70+ pages of full-color information, including both categorical and alphabetical member listings, you don't want to miss the opportunity to enhance your presence in this community profile.

For ad rates and details, email Danielle Oeding by clicking here.
Thank You For The Connections

THANKS TO...Chocolate CafeRich Schmidt of Living Hope Community Church and Analisa Warring of REGIONAL federal credit union for hosting the very popular Valpo Chamber monthly morning program A.M. Valpo!

THANKS TO...Hot Shop Valpo for hosting the March Business After Hours.

THANKS TO the following members who sent in membership leads in March:...Beckie Guffin, Direct Mail ADvantage; Mike Moreth, Simko Signs; Darby Straw, Edward Jones.
Mark Your Calendars

Friday, April 1
Ribbon Cutting
Ink or Swim Tattoo
1708 Lincolnway, Ste C
4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 6
AM Valpo
57 Franklin St
7:00 a.m.
No advanced reservations required - FREE

Thursday, April 7
Ribbon Cutting
Farrall Wealth
105 Lincolnway, Ste 205
4:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 7
Ribbon Cutting
Martz & Lucas, LLC
105 Lincolnway
4:30 p.m.

Monday, April 11
Wine Pairing
Blue Chip Casino, Hotel, & Spa
777 Blue Chip Dr, Michigan City
6:30 p.m. 

Thursday, April 14
Ribbon Cutting
552 W Lincolnway, Ste A
4:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 14
Ribbon Cutting
552 W Lincolnway, Ste B
4:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 21
Business After Hours
360 S Campbell St
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 27
Quarterly Membership Meeting
Valparaiso Economic Outlook
Aberdeen Manor
216 Ballantrae St
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 27
Ribbon Cutting
Aftermath Cidery & Winery
454 Greenwich St
4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 4
AM Valpo
South Bend Chocolate Cafe
57 Franklin St
7:00 a.m.
No advanced reservations required - FREE


Monday, June 27
FunDay Golf Classic
Click here for more info

Thursday, October 13
Chamber Network Night
Registration Information Coming Soon

Thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions on how to better utilize your membership, please call us at 219-462-1105 or email [email protected].

Greater Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce
162 W. Lincolnway
Valparaiso, Indiana 46383
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Valpo Chamber
162 W Lincolnway
Valparaiso, IN 46383
(219) 462-1105
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