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October 2016 Newsletter Highlight

Two Weeks and Counting!

Get out your favorite team jersey and paint your face in team colors, because Chamber Network Night is coming to help you score great networking opportunities!

On Thursday, October 13, from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., the Porter County Chamber Coalition will host the largest business-to-business networking event in the region.

Last year, over 1,000 business professionals toured the Porter County Expo Center looking for the best new products and services offered in Porter County.
The theme is all sports, all night!  The possibilities are endless with decorating your booth to fit the theme. Be creative and enjoy a touchdown, or a basket, or a home run, or a GOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! Don't feel you have to dress up though, the main focus is to network with other businesses.

If you don't have a booth, don't fret!  Admission is free and there will be lots of opportunities to gain new leads and even win some great prizes.

Make sure you mark your calendar, because if you do business in Porter County, this is where you need to be!
Thursday, October 13, 2016
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Chamber Tailgate Party
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Featuring many of Porter County's great restaurants!

The Grand Sponsor for Chamber Network Night is First Merchants Bank.  
Hear the Candidates 
The Valpo Chamber has organized an Election Forum to feature State candidates providing them an opportunity to express their position on various issues before the November election.

Tuesday, October 4
Valpo Chamber Office
162 W Lincolnway, 2nd Floor
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

State Candidates invited to speak:

Indiana State Rep. 4th Dist. 
Ed Soliday (R) 
Pamela Fish (D) 

Indiana State Senator 5th Dist. 
Ed Charbonneau (R) 
Jim Harper (D)

An additional Election Forum for County Candidates is in the planning stages for later in October. Visit for a current schedule of events.
Quarterly Luncheon
The Valpo Chamber's Quarterly Luncheon will feature presentations from three organizations whose purpose is to help you grow your business. 

SCORE - Service Corp of Retired Executives 
SBDC - Small Business Development Center
RDC - Regional Development Company

Learn the different options you have to make advancements, get help with business plans, or gather information about the  purchase of new equipment or facilities.

Thursday, October 27, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Valparaiso University Harre Union
1509 Chapel Drive

2017 Partnerships

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The Valpo Chamber Partners (VCP) program provides members with options for streamlining their Chamber sponsorship opportunities, while enhancing their visibility and promotional opportunities.
This annual marketing investment prominently promotes member businesses on signage, inside Chamber publications, on the website, on the new mobile app, and at events throughout the year. The VCP is a terrific way to gain extensive exposure and valuable name and logo recognition.
The VCP features four partner packages to choose from - Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze - at four price points. Each package includes incentives, complimentary tickets to events, special recognition and promotion, and sponsorship of high-profile networking and educational events.
To inquire about the available packages and their specific benefits, contact Danielle Oeding, at (219) 462-1105, [email protected].

September Wrap Up

We had several great events this past month. Thank you for making them all a huge success.

Breakfast with US Senator Donnelly

The Valpo Chamber would like to thank US Senator Joe Donnelly for presenting a legislative update on what he has been working on in DC and what he hopes to work on the rest of the year. Pictured above is Maggie Sheely with the US Chamber of Commerce, US Senator Joe Donnelly, and Rex Richards, Valpo Chamber President.


AM Valpo
Thanks to South Bend Chocolate Cafe for providing us a space for the 70 attendees on September 7th.  Also, thank you to our hosts, Analisa Warring with REGIONAL federal credit union and Rich Schmidt with Living Hope Community Church.  AM Valpo is a monthly event on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 7:00 a.m. This event is free to attend.


FYI Business Workshop:
Employment Law Update

Thank you to F. Joseph Jaskowiak with Hoeppner Wagner & Evans LLP, for updating all the attendees on the new employment laws that will begin soon.  Holiday Inn Express & Suites was a great host for this business workshop.  FYI Business Workshops are held several times throughout the year on various topics to help you run your business.

Business After Hours

Thank you to Taltree Arboretum & Gardens for hosting the September After Hours event. This event was catered by Aberdeen Manor. Business After Hours typically happen on the third Thursday of the month at various Valpo Chamber businesses.

Leadership Academy continued in September

Recent sessions were held at United Way of Porter County and Retro Tech Systems, Inc.  Thank you for hosting us! Leadership Academy is a program where attendees meet for eight sessions to enhance their leadership skills and learn how to get more involved in the business and non-profit communities in Valpo.

Building the Chamber's Network

Thank you to the following businesses for sending membership leads our way this past month:

Mike Moreth - Simko Signs
Martin SonnenbergTask Force Tips
Louise Thompson - Ivy Tech Community College
Mark Your Calendars

Tuesday, October 4
Election Forum
162 W Lincolnway

Wednesday, October 5
AM Valpo
57 Franklin St
7:00 a.m.
No advanced reservations required - FREE

Thursday, October 13
Chamber Network Night
215 E Division Rd
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Booth to Booth Networking
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Open to the Public
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Tailgate After Hours

Tuesday, October 18
Election Forum
Valpo Chamber 
162 W Lincolnway
More Information Available Soon

Thursday, October 20
Business After Hours
Hosted by Valparaiso University Athletics
at Kelsey's Steak House
2300 Morthland Dr
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 25
Ribbon Cutting 
Porter Co. Education Services Div. of Career & Technical Education
1005 N Franklin St
4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 26
Ribbon Cutting
Revitalize Massage Studio
300 S Calumet Rd, Chesterton
4:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 27
Quarterly Luncheon - Scale the Size of Your Business
Valparaiso University Harre Union
1509 Chapel Dr
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Register Here


Thursday, December 1
Holiday Open House
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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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162 W Lincolnway
Valparaiso, IN 46383
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