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Nominations Being Taken

The Valpo Chamber is now accepting nominations for the Distinguished Community Leader and Legacy of Service Awards.  These two awards are the highest honors bestowed each year by the Valpo Chamber.

The Distinguished Community Leader award is given to an individual who demonstrates a leadership role, is successful in promoting and developing business and industry, is involved and contributes to the community, has a general reputation among the community business leaders and enhances quality of life on a sustained basis.

The Valpo Chamber Board of Directors created the Legacy of Service Award in 2004 to give recognition to individuals who have, over the course of time or in an extraordinary circumstance, given service beyond what is expected in their profession.  They have, in fact, created an example to which others might aspire and a legacy from which others might learn the value of community service.

Nominations are due by Friday, November 4, 2016. Please return all nomination forms to Kurt Gillins at, or 162 W Lincolnway.

Download the forms below:

Holiday Open House 
Holiday Ball
Our annual Holiday Open House is quickly approaching. On Thursday, December 1, from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., join us to celebrate the season and the year.  

Enjoy a relaxing evening at the Chamber office, located at 162 W Lincolnway, complete with music, refreshments, and delicious hors d'ouevres provided by Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa.
Decked out for the holiday season, our second floor conference rooms will prove to be a fantastic setting to connect with friends and associates and exchange holiday tidings!
Speed Networking

Speed Networking is returning on Tuesday, December 6, from 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  

This popular event, which is set up like speed dating, can generate more leads for you in an hour and a half than some get in a month.
Shop Local
This holiday season, the Valpo Chamber wants you to think about shopping local. Throughout the season we will be reminding you of the great options you have right here in the region.

To get things started, we are going to have a contest!  From now until Saturday, November 26, we want you to post a selfie on social media using #ShopValpo while patronizing a Valpo Chamber member business.  When you do that, you will be entered to win one of 5 - $100 Valpo Chamber Gift Certificate.  We are giving five of those away! 

So remember to use #ShopValpo this month and support local businesses! Enter as many times as you would like!

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 offers four partner packages - 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,
Ribbon Cuttings

Skinfully Smooth Aesthetic Medical Spa
607 Morgan St

Fork & Cork
66 W Lincolnway

Aire Serve of Valparaiso
755 W Lincolnway

Porter Co. Education Services Div. of Career & Tech Ed.
1005 N Franklin St

Revitalize Massage Studio
300 S Calumet Rd, Chesterton
October Wrap Up
We had several great events this past month. Thank you for making them all a huge success.

State Candidate Election Forum

On Tuesday, October 4, the Valpo Chamber, in partnership with the Porter County League of Women Voters held a Candidate Forum for candidates for Indiana State Senate District 5, and the Indiana State Representative District 4 candidates.  More than 50 people were in attendance at this informative event.

AM Valpo
Thanks to South Bend Chocolate Cafe for providing us a space for the 82 attendees on October 5.  Also, thank you to our hosts, Analisa Warring with REGIONAL federal credit union and Rich Schmidt with Living Hope Community Church.  This month's event was sponsored by 1st Source Bank. AM Valpo is a monthly event on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 7:00 a.m. This event is free to attend.

Chamber Network Night
Over 1,000 people were in attendance at our annual Chamber Network Night. Thank you to all the vendors, sponsors and the Porter County Expo Center for hosting this year's event.

Business After Hours

Thank you to Valparaiso University Athletics for hosting the October Business After Hours event. This event was held at Kelsey's Steak House. Business After Hours typically happen on the third Thursday of the month at various Valpo Chamber businesses.

County Candidate Election Forum

On Tuesday, October 18, a second Election Forum was held to give candidates from Porter County a chance to speak in front of local residents.  Candidates from the At-Large Races for Porter County Council, and the contested race for Porter County Commissioner were invited to participate.  This event was held in partnership with the Porter County League of Women Voters.


Quarterly Membership Luncheon

About 100 business professionals gathered at the Valparaiso University Harre Union to hear representatives from the ISBDC, SCORE, and Regional Development Company. Each organization offered insight into processes they take to help businesses succeed.

Building the Chamber's Network
Thank you to the following businesses for sending membership leads our way this past month:

Lisa Herma - Centier Bank
Beckie Guffin - Direct Mail ADvantage
Debra Silvert - Duo Sequenza
Pat McGinley - Horizon Bank
John Marx - JM2 Webdesigners
Mike Moreth - Simko Signs
Eric Zosso - Zoseco Coworking
Mark Your Calendars

Wednesday, November 2
AM Valpo
57 Franklin St
7:00 a.m.
No advanced reservations required - FREE

Monday, November 7
Ribbon Cutting
1531 S Calumet Rd, Chesterton
4:30 p.m.  

Wednesday, November 9
Ribbon Cutting
Listing Leaders
408 Lincolnway
4:30 p.m. 

Wednesday, November 16
Ribbon Cutting
Fidelity National Title Insurance
53 Michigan Ave, Ste 101
4:30 p.m. 

Thursday, November 17
Business After Hours
Engstrom Jewelers
3 Lincolnway
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 24 &
Friday, November 25
Valpo Chamber Office Closed

Thursday, December 1
Holiday Open House
Valpo Chamber
162 W Lincolnway
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 6
Speed Networking
Valpo Chamber
162 W Lincolnway
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Register Here

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

Wednesday, December 7
Ribbon Cutting
200 Billings St, Unit A
4:30 p.m.


Saturday, January 14, 2017
Salute to Leadership
Sand Creek Country Club

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Annual Meeting/State of the City Address

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

Greater Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce
162 W. Lincolnway
Valparaiso, Indiana 46383
New Members

Frozen Garden, LLC

Garmong Construction Services

Porter County Substance Abuse Council

R&P Restaurant Service, Inc./R&P Heating & Cooling

Contact Us!

Valpo Chamber
162 W Lincolnway
Valparaiso, IN 46383
(219) 462-1105
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